Next Generation Social Sciences Advisory Board Members

Board Members

Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa - Professor and Chair of Social Policy)

Jimi Adesina is Professor of Sociology and DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Jimi Adesina directs the Transformative Social Policy Programme at the same university. He was previously the Head of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Western Cape. He taught at the University of Ibadan, and held visiting appointments at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), University of the Witwatersrand, the UN Research Institute for Social Development (Geneva), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa), the University of Oxford, and the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala University (Sweden), among others. He directs the Social Policy for Development Planners course at the UN Institute for Economic Development and Planning, in Dakar, Senegal.

Akosua Adomako (University of Ghana, Legon - Professor of African and Gender Studies)

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a Professor of African and Gender Studies at the University of Ghana (UG), and was until 2015 its Director. She was also the founding Director of UG’s Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy. Adomako Ampofo’s teaching, research and advocacy address African knowledge systems, higher education, identity politics, gender-based violence, women’s work, masculinities, and gender representations in popular culture. Adomako Ampofo is the Co-President of the Research Committee on Women and Society of the International Sociological Association and in 2010 she was awarded the Feminist Activism Award by Sociologists for Women and Society.

Steve Akoth (Executive Director, Pamoja Trust)

Steve Ouma Akoth is a Kenyan scholar, advisor and activist in the field of human rights and social anthropology with over 16 years working in diverse international, regional, and national fora. He is currently the Executive Director of Pamoja Trust and faculty member at Kenyatta University. He grew up in Korogocho slums of Eastern Nairobi and was educated at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya and The University of the Western Cape South Africa, where he obtained his PhD. Steve is an alumni of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, having a received a completion fellowship in the program’s first cohort.

Alcinda Honwana (Inter-Regional Adviser on social development policy, United Nations)

Alcinda Honwana is Inter-Regional Adviser on social development policy at the United Nations. She is also a visiting professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University where she held the Chair in International Development and directed the International Development Centre from 2005-2010. Honwana was also a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council in New York, and taught anthropology at the New School of Social Research in New York and at the University of Cape Town. Alcinda Honwana has carried out extensive research on political conflict and politics of culture, the impact of war on children and youth as well as on youth politics, social movements, and political protest.

Godfrey Maringira (Sol Plaatje University - Associate Professor of Anthropology)

Godfrey Maringira is an associate professor of Anthropology at Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. He graduated with a PhD in sociology at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2015. He is a senior Volkswagen Stiftung Foundation research fellow and is also a Principal Investigator of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) research on Gang violence in South Africa. Dr. Maringira is a two-time consecutive recipient of the SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Fieldwork and Completion Grant – 2012 and 2013, respectively. He is also a three-time recipient of the African Peacebuilding Network grants: Individual Research Grant (2014), Working Group Grant (2016-2017), and Book Manuscript Grant (2018). Dr Maringira’s areas of research include armed violence in Africa with a specific focus on the military in post-colonial Africa. His 2017 African Affairs Journal article title “Politicisation and Resistance in the Zimbabwe National Army” was awarded the best author price in 2018. His book Soldiers and the State in Zimbabwe was published in 2019 by Routledge.

Christine Noe (University of Dar es Salaam - Senior Lecturer of Human Geography)

Christine Noe is Senior Lecturer of Human Geography in the Department of Geography, University of Dar es Salaam. Her research focus in the recent years has been on conservation and rural livelihoods, land tenure, and security dynamics in Tanzania. She is currently involved in research projects on the changing geography of land rights, rural livelihoods, and prosperity, as well as conservation partnerships in Tanzania and beyond.

Sarah Ssali (Makerere University - Dean of the School of Women and Gender Studies), Advisory Board Chair

Sarah Ssali is an associate professor and Dean of the School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University, Uganda. She holds a PhD in international health studies, specifically in health sector reform, an MA in gender studies, and a BA in political science and public administration. She teaches and researches about gender, politics and state policy, health systems (financing, policy and political economy), institutions and social transformation, and research methods. Although most of her research has been focused on Uganda, they have been undertaken within regional collaborative research teams, and international networks involving scholars and practitioners from countries such Sierra Leone, Nepal, Cambodia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the USA, the UK, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland. Prof. Ssali is currently the principal investigator of the Gender Equality Project which seeks to deepen the implementation of gender equality legislation in Uganda and the director of the African Universities Research Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Notions of Identity in Africa. She has served as a member of several advisory and ethical review boards in Uganda and beyond, including the SSRC Next Gen Advisory Board, where she has been a member for the last three years.

Charles Ukeje (Obafemi Awolowo University - Professor in the Department of Politics)

Charles Ukeje joined the Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1992, and rose through the ranks to become University Professor in International Relations in 2008. His teaching and research interests converge at the intersection of governance, security and developmental issues in Africa. A past recipient of several awards such as the Fulbright Scholarship, the African Guest Researcher Fellowship of the Nordic African Institute at Uppsala, Sweden, and the Leventis Cooperation Visiting Research Scholarship at the Centre for African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. Professor Ukeje also serves as a workshop facilitator for the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, providing critical mentorship supports to fellows.

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