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Rama Salla Dieng

Rama Salla Dieng
Rama Salla Dieng
Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, Programme Director MSc Africa and International Development
4.06 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)131 651 1636
Research Interests
Political economy of agrarian transformation, Land, Capital and Labour, Gender and Development, African economies, African feminisms, Social Reproduction

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  • PhD in International Development, SOAS, University of London
  • MSc/Research for International Development, SOAS, University of London
  • MA International Cooperation & Development AND Risks Management in Developing Countries, Science Po Bordeaux- IEP, France
  • Maîtrise in Political Science, Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux, France
  • BSc/Economic & Social Administration (AES) Specialising in Labour, Université De La Méditerranée, Aix – Marseille, France

Research Interests and Past professional Experience:

My main research interests are in  Agrarian Political Economy with a focus on Land, Labour, Social Reproduction, Food Security and Capitalism in Africa as well as Gender and Development.  My PhD thesis focused on the differentiated agrarian change outcomes of selected horticultural projects in Northern Senegal during what has been dubbed “the land rush”. I take a critical feminist political economy approach to analyse rural labour markets with a comparative case study perspective using mixed research methods. Before my PhD at SOAS as a Mo Ibrahim Scholar, I worked in policy-oriented research at the United Nations: at the UNDP Office in Mauritius and Seychelles (6 months), and at the Dakar-based African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (4 years). In the UK, I coordinated a Leverhulme-funded Research Network involving Universities in the UK and in Africa (Ghana, South Africa, Senegal and Kenya). I served on the Board of FRIDA (the Young Feminist Fund) and collaborated with several Feminist Political economy research networks in Africa and the Global South. I also taught at the SOAS Department of Development Studies , the SOAS Understanding Africa Summer School, as well as the CAS SOAS-Mo Ibrahim Foundation Residential School in Governance and Development in Africa.


I am the co-convenor of the Africa in the Contemporary Word Course and also teach on Africa and International Development, and Africa and International Politics.

Research Project:

I was awarded a £19,942 GCRF Theme Fund Award for a Research project on Food Security, Migration and Innovation in Senegal and Zimbabwe: Lessons for Africa,  with 4 other UoE researchers

Selected Publications:


  • DIENG, R. S., O'REILLY, A. (2020) ‘Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and beyond, Demeter Press

Book Chapters

  • DIENG, R. S. (2019) ‘Gone Native?’: Reflections of a feminist tightrope walker’s research on ‘land grabbing’ and the dilemmas of ‘Fieldworking while Parenting at home', in Jackson, R. & Kelly, M. Women Researching in Africa. The Impact of Gender, Palgrave , ISBN 978-3-319-94502-6
  • DIENG, R. S. (2013) Le rôle de la culture dans le développement en Afrique in the collective book ed. Aboa, Pokam, Sadio et Tandia (Eds) (2013) Démocratie et Développement: Perspectives des Jeunes Chercheurs Africains, L’Harmattan, Paris
  • DIENG, R. S. (2009) Polygamy: At the heart of the Matter, published by Gender Links

Academic article

Book Review

Policy Article

  • DIENG, R. S. (2015) Third Financing for Development Conference: A missed opportunity for African Women in DAWN Informs (Newsletter of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), August 2015


  • DIENG, Salla (2008), La Dernière Lettre, Présence Africaine 

I also regularly write blogs/commentaries on Senegalese and Francophone media outlets on Literature, Politics and Women's Rights and interview interesting intellectuals. 

Recent blogs: 

More on my website.

Topics interested in supervising

- Agrarian Change and Agrarian Political economy (Labour, Land, Social Reproduction and Capitalism) - Agriculture, Export horticulture and Global Value Chains, - Food Security - Development Policy, - Governance, the role of the State and social movements in Africa - India in Africa - Gender and Development, - African Feminism(s), Feminist Parenting - Francophone Africa, - West and Central Africa, - Mauritius.

If you are interested in being supervised by Rama Salla Dieng, please see the links below for more information:

PhD In African Studies; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) African Studies