School of Social and Political Science

Francesco Moze

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PhD title: 'Fading Frontiers? Spatial Imaginaries, Border Experiences and Regional Dynamics in the Rwenzori Borderscape'

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My research explores the interconnections between processes of regional integration and the dynamics of everyday life along the Uganda-Congo border, which is currently undergoing profound transformations under the framework of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Shuttling between the local and the regional scale, I investigate the impact of integration initiatives on the daily life of Bakonzo and Banande trans-border communities, and in turn explore the multiple ways in which discourses and practices emerging along the borderland in response to regionalisation feed back into the broader dynamics of the Great Lakes.


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2019-present: PhD in African Studies, The University of Edinburgh

2017-2018: Master of Science in African Studies, The University of Edinburgh (Distinction)

2015-2017: Laurea Magistrale in International Relations, University of Bologna (110/110 cum laude)

2011-2015: Laurea Triennale in International and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Bologna (110/110)

Research and teaching experience

2021-present: Co-research assistant, Principal's Teaching Award Scheme project “Exploring Online Learning as an Avenue for Equity and Decolonial Praxis amid the COVID Crisis: Re-Imagining Africa-UK Connections and International Development Curricula” (Principal Investigator: Dr. Sam Spiegel)

2021: Course tutor and guest lecturer in “Displacement and Development”, The University of Edinburgh (Postgraduate, Online Distance Learning)

2021: Course tutor in “Comparative Politics in a Globalised World”, The University of Edinburgh (Undergraduate)


Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa

Research interests

Research interests

Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region, Regional Integration, COMESA, Borders, Bordering, Borderlands, Borderscapes, Anthropology, Ethnography, Human and Political Geography, Visual Methods, Border Aesthetics; History of Borderlands