School of Social and Political Science

Albert Mkony

Job Title

Senior Tutor and Researcher

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Social Media in Africa, Governance and Leadership in Africa, African Politics, Swahili, International Relations, International Development, African Diplomacy, Intelligence and Security Studies, Race and Decolonial Studies, Tanzania.

Specifically, my current doctoral research concerns the politics of memorialisation in digital spaces in Tanzania.




Since 2015 I have been teaching several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in International Development, African Studies and International Relations. I have also taught Swahili at universities in the UK and Italy.

University of Edinburgh

  • Politics and Theories of International Development (PG Course)
  • International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism (UG Course)
  • Africa in the Contemporary World (UG Course)     
  • Understanding Race and Colonialism (UG course)    
  • International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond World (UG Course)
  • Swahili (UG & PG Course)

University of Glasgow 

  • Swahili (PG Course)-2016- 2017

Università degli Studi di Cagliari (University of Cagliari), Italy

  • Intensive Swahili Summer Course 2019

Relevant professional work

  • 2017- present: I sit on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Tanzanian Affairs- a current affairs magazine by the Britain Tanzania Society.
  • 2015- present: I write for Africa is a Country blog and VijanaFM blog- leading intellectual voices platforms in the African online media sphere.
  • 2015-present: International Development Consultant and Swahili teacher for national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations with particular interests in Tanzania and Africa more broadly.

Selected conference presentations

  • “Challenges of ethnic pluralism in creating and managing harmony in ethnically plural states.” Presented at the “Decolonising History in Africa and Africa in History: towards a more collaborative interdisciplinary approach” Conference, University of Edinburgh, March 2017.
  • On becoming African”.  Exhibited at “Afropolitan- an exploration of what Africa means to Africans at home and abroad”, Exhibition, University of Edinburgh, March 2017.
  • “Social Media and Arusha Declaration in Contemporary Politics.” Chaired and presented at the “THE ARUSHA DECLARATION@50” Conference, University of Edinburgh, February 2017.

Selected publications and online articles

  • Wood, A.K., Symons, K., Falisse, J.B., Gray, H. and Mkony, A., 2021. Can lecture capture contribute to the development of a community of inquiry in online learning?. Distance Education42(1), pp.126-144.
  • Wood, A.K., Symons, K., Falisse, J.B., Gray, H. and Mkony, A., A Critical Analysis of the Role of Lecture Capture in Online Learning: A Community of Inquiry Perspective.
  • “#WhatWouldNyerereDo?” Africa is a Country, Published October 2016.
  • “Magufuli & Social Media- Is Jamii Forums Africa’s WikiLeaks?” Vijana FM, Published December 2016.
  • “Three Key Questions for Decolonizing the Academy.”  Reflection on the “Decolonizing the Academy” Conference, University of Edinburgh, May 2015

Scholarships and academic awards

2012 Awarded International Excellence Scholarship, Aberystwyth University

2017 & 2020 Nominated for the Best Student Who Tutors Award, Edinburgh University Students' Association

2017 Awarded Associate Fellowship of Higher Education Academy, University of Edinburgh.

2018 Awarded Alice Brown Studentship, University of Edinburgh

2019 Awarded Research and Development Fund (RDF), University of Edinburgh


BSc (London); MSc (Aberystwyth, Wales); PhD (Edinburgh, Scotland)- currently studying