Fellows & Grantees

Fana Gebresenbet Erda

African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2017
Project Title
The Ethiopian Developmental State: Dam Project-Related Land Expropriation, Conflict, and Peacebuilding in South Omo
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Institute for Peace and Security Studies


Fana Gebresenbet Erda is an assistant professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University. He coordinates the Institute’s PhD programme in Peace and Security Studies. He received his PhD in Global and Area Studies, with special emphasis on peace and security in Africa, from the University of Leipzig and Addis Ababa University. His dissertation was on “The Political Economy of Land Investments: Dispossession, Resistance and Territory-Making in Gambella, Western Ethiopia.” His research interests include resource politics, politics of development, climate security, and pastoralism in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. He has published journal articles and book chapters on these themes. He is a Research Fellow at the Center for African Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa, and was a Southern Voices Scholar at the Wilson Center, Washington, DC, United States.