This PhD-project forms part of the ANTHUSIA project on the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa.
Working thesis title: The State in Relief: district-based civil servants instantiating the state in disaster relief interventions in Malawi.
States are commonly considered responsible for protecting their citizens from harm and safeguarding their livelihoods. This is no easy task for Malawi; a donor-dependent and disaster-prone country with limited state capacity. When disaster strikes, the Malawi state thus engages in complex collaborations with donors, non-governmental organizations, global humanitarian aid institutions, volunteers and (affected) citizens to carry out relief interventions. I explore these collaborations with a focus on the everyday practices of civil servants working in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA).
Supervised by Dr. Gerhard Anders (University of Edinburgh) & Professor Paul Wenzel Geissler (University of Oslo)
Research Master’s (MA) in African Studies, African Studies Centre, Leiden University (2013 – 2016). Judicium: cum laude. Fieldwork in Malawi.
Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam (2013 – 2015). Judicium: cum laude. Fieldwork in Burundi.
Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, University of Amsterdam (2009 – 2012). Judicium: cum laude.
Africa Thesis Award 2016, African Studies Centre Leiden
2016 – 2018 Junior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
September 2017 – September 2018: assistant to Professor Rijk van Dijk
September 2016 – September 2017: junior researcher in the NWO-funded project ‘Increasing Political Leverage of Informal and Formal Workers’ Organizations for Inclusive Development. The cases of Ghana and Benin’. Fieldwork in Accra, Ghana. Principal Investigator: Dr. Mayke Kaag.
Malawi, ethnography, Anthropology of the state, civil servants, disaster governance, relief interventions, Humanitarianism, Bureaucracy, everyday practices, Anthropology of development, state legitimacy, sovereignty, human security, Storytelling and ethnography, linguistic anthropology, Chichewa, time and temporality, emergency, crisis