School of Social and Political Science

Rama Salla Dieng

Job Title

Lecturer in African Studies and International Development

Rama Salla DIENG

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests




  • PhD in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London (With a focus on agrarian and feminist political economy)
  • MSc/Research for International Development, Specializing in African Economic Development, SOAS, University of London
  • Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PG CAP) Higher Education from the University of Edinburgh 
  • 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) (Economics, Sociology, Politics and Management) Specialising in Labour, Université De La Méditerranée, Aix – Marseille, France


Research, Academic Leadership and Policy Experience

Born and raised in Senegal (French-Speaking West Africa), I am a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh since January 2019 and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. I have worked with several African economic development organisations before joining academia. This rich policy and research background allows me to ground my research and teaching in my lived work experience in African contexts. 

My main research interests are land, labour, social reproduction, accumulation and agrarian transformations , at the intersections of critical feminist political economy and critical agrarian studies with a focus on Senegalese / West African agri-food systems.  My research also focuses on African feminisms, social movements,  care and parenting, and the politics of development in Africa. I have edited a book of interviews on African feminisms and a book on Feminist Parenting. 

I am an Adjunct Senior Lecturer (Honorary) of the Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town, South Africa and a Research Associate at the Laboratoire dec Recherches sur les Transformations Sociales en Afriques (LARTES/IFAN(University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal). I am the co-convenor of the DSA Land, Politics & Sustainability Study group, and serve on the boards of the UK Development Studies Association (DSA) and the African Studies Association.

Before CAS, I worked in policy-oriented research at the Dakar-based African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (5 years), and at the United Nations: at the UNDP Office in Mauritius and Seychelles.  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 obtained my PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London as a Mo Ibrahim Governance and Development in Africa Scholar. 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” or "the contemporary land grabs" looking at capitalist accumulation, dispossession and labour dynamics.

Journal Editorial Roles

Editorial working Group, Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE)

Editorial Advisory team , Feminist Theory Journal

International Advisory team, Journal of Peasant Studies

Editorial team member, African Geographical Review

Editorial team member, Politique Africaine




I am the convenor of Analysing Development (online) and Advanced Issues in the Political Economy of Development. I am also the outgoing Programme Director of the MSc Africa & International Development. In the past, I was the co-convenor of Africa in the Contemporary WorldPolitics and Theories of International Development  and Researching International Development (Online).

Before Edinburgh, I supported the delivery of the following courses as a teaching tutor at SOAS (across Development Studies and Economics Departments): African Economic Development ,Gender and Development,  Comparative Studies in Development, and Understanding Africa Summer School. I also taught as part of the CAS SOAS-Mo Ibrahim Foundation Residential Schools in Governance and Development in several African cities.



PhD supervision

Francisca Anita Adom Opare (African Studies)

Emma Taylor (International Development)

Topics interested in supervising

- Agrarian Change and Agrarian Political economy (Labour, Land and Capitalism) - Rural Development - Care & Social Reproduction - 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 (open in new windows) for more information:


Selected Publications


Peer-reviewed articles




Book chapters
  • Dieng, R. S. and OSSOME, L. ( 2024). Feminist political economy, Land, and Decolonisation in Africa and the Global South. In TOURE, K. , THAKER, R. , and DIENG, R.S (February 2024),  (Eds.), Decolonize, humxnize (chapter 5). Bamenda: Langaa.
  • 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
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


Public scholarship


Advocacy: Financing for Development

Women's Working Group on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015)

DAWN - Women's Working Group on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015)


Interview series

In my work, I use a lot semi-structured interviews as a way to co-generate knowledge. I believe in the inclusive power of video and interview based qualitative research methods to render academic knowledge more accessible to a greater (maybe not academic) audience. I believe these digital tools offer us valuable avenues to elicit critical insights and acknowledge and include participatory ways of knowing and sharing.

New interview series, African Feminisms, on AfricaIsACountry

First Interview: Women’s political consciousness in Senegal (Literary Activism in French) with Dr Ruth Bush, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol (December 2019)

Talking back: African feminisms in Dialogue - new interview series for the Review of African Political Economy ( Blog by Rama Dieng

Introduction (November 2019):
First interview wIith Dr. Lyn Ossome, MISR, Uganda(November 2019):

Second interview with Hilina Berhanu and Aklile Solomon, The Yellow Movement Addis Ababa University(November 2019):

Third interview with Dr. Divine Fuh, CODESRIA and University of Cape Town (December 2019)

Interview with Jessica Horn, Programme Director of the African Woman Development Fund and Writer (January 2020)

Talking Back: an interview with Jessica Horn – ROAPE

Governance and Development in Africa (SOAS Radio):

Governance and Development in Africa with Onyekachi Wambu

Youth and Governance in Africa (RFI Radio):‚Äã

Blog posts and public engagement:

I regularly write blogs/commentaries on Senegalese, Francophone and more generalist media outlets on Literature, Politics, Gender and Women's Rights.


In Senegal, the left has given up fighting for its ideals - on the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Blog

La gauche sénégalaise a renoncé à défendre ses idées (Le Monde Afrique February 2019)

Courte Histoire de la Gauche Senegalaise


Les couleurs de l'Ecrivain, Interview avec Mohamadou Mbougar Sarr


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


Staff Hours and Guidance

Wednesday: 9-11am

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Dieng RS. Speaking out, talking back? African feminist politics and decolonial poetics of knowing, organising and loving. Review of African Political Economy. 2023 Nov 27;1-13. Epub 2023 Nov 27. doi: 10.1080/03056244.2023.2284524
Dieng RS. From Yewwu Yewwi to #FreeSenegal: Class, gender and generational dynamics of radical feminist activism in Senegal. Politics & Gender. 2023 Feb 22. Epub 2023 Feb 22. doi: 10.1017/S1743923X2200071X
Dieng RS, Haastrup T, Kang A. Centering feminists and feminism in protests in Africa. Politics & Gender. 2023 Feb 22. Epub 2023 Feb 22. doi: 10.1017/S1743923X22000769
Dieng RS. ‘Adversely incorporated yet moving up the social ladder?’: Labour migrants shifting the gaze from agricultural investment chains to ‘care chains’ in capitalist social reproduction in Senegal. Africa Development and Resources Research Institute (ADRRI) Journal. 2022 Oct 5;47(3):133-166. doi: 10.57054/ad.v47i3.2678
Dieng RS, Banda G, Chambati W. Introduction: Agrarian change, food security, migration and sustainable development in Senegal and Zimbabwe. Africa Development and Resources Research Institute (ADRRI) Journal. 2022 Oct 5;47(3):1-7. doi: 10.57054/ad.v47i3.2671
Dieng RS, (Guest ed.), Banda G, (Guest ed.), Chambati W, (Guest ed.). Special issue on agrarian change, food security, migration and sustainable development in Senegal and Zimbabwe. Africa Development and Resources Research Institute (ADRRI) Journal. 2022 Jun 7;47(3).
Dieng R. Féminismes Africains: Une Histoire Décoloniale. Paris, France: Présence Africaine, 2021. 209 p.
Dieng RS, (ed.), O'Reilly A, (ed.). Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond. Bradford, Canada: Demeter Press, 2020. 360 p. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv11vcfbp
Dieng RS. Introduction: Feminist parenting: Perspectives from Africa and beyond. In Dieng RS, O'Reilly A, editors, Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond. Demeter Press. 2020. p. 11-44 doi: 10.2307/j.ctv11vcfbp.4
Dieng RS. "A Young Woman's Voice Does Not Break, It Grows Firmer". In Dieng RS, O'Reilly A, editors, Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond. Demeter Press. 2020. p. 123-148 doi: 10.2307/j.ctv11vcfbp.13
Dieng R. “Being, Being with, Becoming and Doing With”: The transformative potential of feminist political economy in our analysis of 'land grab' outcomes. African Women's Development Fund. 2020.
Dieng R. ‘Gone native?’: Reflections of a feminist tightrope walker’s research on ‘land grabbing’ and the dilemmas of ‘fieldworking’ while parenting. In Jackson R, Kelly M, editors, Women Reseaching in Africa: The Impact of Gender. 1 ed. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 27-50 Epub 2018 Aug 1. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94502-6_2
Dieng R. 'Land grabbing' and the Politics of evidence: The case of Senegal. Africa Insight - Journal of the Africa Institute of South Africa. 2017 Mar 31;46(4):25-40.
Dieng R. Third Financing for Development Conference: A missed opportunity for African Women: Special Issue on Financing for Development Outcome. Dawn Informs. 2015 Aug.