Fellows & Grantees

Asebe Debelo

African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2015
Project Title
Competing Forms of Legitimacy and Questions of Peacebuilding Along the Ethiopia-Kenya Border
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Institute of Indigenous Studies, Dilla University


Asebe Regassa Debelo is an associate professor at the Institute of Indigenous Studies at Dilla University (Ethiopia), where he is also the director of the university’s research and dissemination office. He completed his PhD at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, Germany in the field of Development Studies in 2014. He completed an interdisciplinary Master’s program in Indigenous Studies at the University of Tromso, Norway. For his Master’s thesis, Dr. Debelo wrote on “Ethnicity and Inter-Ethnic Relations: The Ethiopian Experiment and the Case of Guji and Gedeo,” in which he analyzed the new political order in the country and its implications on inter-ethnic relations. After completion of his Master’s degree, he founded the Institute of Indigenous Studies at Dilla University, Ethiopia, where he served as head of the Institute for two years. In 2018, Dr. Debelo became the founding managing editor of the Ethiopian Journal of Environment and Development. From 2008-2010, Dr. Debelo served as a coordinator of an international project jointly managed by Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Zambia, and Dilla University. He has published many articles and book chapters in areas of indigenous peoples’ right, ethnicity and inter-ethnic relations, competing views on conservation, and notions of peace and peacebuilding. He has been a Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and is a 2015 recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network’s Individual Research Grant.