Impact Story from Nigeria: Policymakers engagement on Artisanal Gold Mining

Since 2014, Ajayi has been researching the nexus between artisanal gold mining and agriculture. Since 2016, the issue of artisanal mining in Nigeria spiralled to become a security issue that was also threatening the social fabric of communities where these issues were taking place. Therefore they decided to narrow it down and then look at it in context. In Itagunmodi, migrants from the north of the country came for the jobs, displacing the original members of the community.

As tensions rose in Itagunmodi, the SFA Nigerian hub spoke with various concerned parties including policy makers (both governmental and traditional institutions).

By proving empirical evidence of the issues, they hub has an influence on policy and are part of the team looking for solutions. Continue reading Impact Story from Nigeria: Policymakers engagement on Artisanal Gold Mining

Reporting on: Future Experiences | Glasgow School of Art (Expert Day 1)

This fall, the Sustainable Futures in Africa Network is collaborating with the Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) Innovation School. Over the semester, the 4th year product design students will work on a project on the theme of “Future Experiences: Sustainable Development & the Global South”. During this 8-week project, the cohort will investigate future forms and functions of sustainable development work in relation to the Global South, ultimately developing a future scenario and designing the artefacts, services and experiences associated with it 10 years from now. Continue reading Reporting on: Future Experiences | Glasgow School of Art (Expert Day 1)

From Research Administrator to PhD Student: Impact Story of Anthony Kadoma

It’s been two years since Anthony Kadoma joined Sustainable Futures in Africa. He was initially hired on a four-month contract to work as a research assistant, but through his hard work and intelligence, Anthony has risen from being a short-term Research Administrator to a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, and a valued member of the Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network. Continue reading From Research Administrator to PhD Student: Impact Story of Anthony Kadoma

Population, Health and Environment Nexus: Discussions at Mbando Village

“The environment has been degraded and the population is growing at higher rate. Because of high birthrates leading to high population growth, resources are depleted and people have no option but to go cut trees and burn charcoal up the hill.” These were the words of Chief Mbando at our meeting in Mbando village in April this year.Continue reading Population, Health and Environment Nexus: Discussions at Mbando Village

Poverty, Environment and Food security; Reflections from Alebtong, Uganda

By Anthony Kadoma, Ugandan hub`s Research Administrator Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network’s Ugandan hub had the pleasure to host the third annual symposium in Lira district in February 2019. The symposium attendees came from Uganda, Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria and Scotland- UK. During this event, the Ugandan team launched their research report on the scopingContinue reading Poverty, Environment and Food security; Reflections from Alebtong, Uganda

From Lilongwe to Glasgow: Crafting a career path

Stewart Paul had just finished college when he attended the 2017 SFA Symposium in Botswana. “I graduated on Wednesday, and on Sunday I flew to Botswana,” he recalls. “It was my first international trip”. In fact, he’d applied for an express passport in order to attend. Having missed two international trips while studying for his undergraduate degree, he was determined not to miss this one. “During the Symposium I could sense that there was a lot of excitement,” Stewart says. “Here was a group of people from various backgrounds, from various disciplines, from various geographical locations, from various academic and professional backgrounds, coming together to discuss things that affect Africa.”Continue reading From Lilongwe to Glasgow: Crafting a career path

“Development”: Rethinking an overused word

The majority of the definitions of “development” have come from economists and politicians. SFA is a multi-disciplinary network and believes that “development” is a multi-layered word and can mean different things in different contexts. Defining this word using a narrow economic lens or implying that increased consumption equals development has led the world to unsustainable exploitation that threatens the planet itself. Continue reading “Development”: Rethinking an overused word

What does “Sustainability” mean?

The idea was to “walk our talk” by trying to make our meetings more “sustainable”. On day one of the symposium, thirty-eight participants (members of SFA) rode in a bus from Entebbe to Lira on an eight-hour journey, which allowed us to engage in what we called “Bus Talks”. During these talks, we explored what the word “sustainability” meant to each of us. Continue reading What does “Sustainability” mean?

Scots join the worldwide effort to help Africans find new ways to rebuild their communities shattered by brutal civil war

Dr Mia Perry, of University of Glasgow, says: “The choice of Alebtong district was guided by the fact that they are ‘healing communities’ recovering from a 20-year-old insurgency that claimed many lives and left most families broken and in distress.”Continue reading Scots join the worldwide effort to help Africans find new ways to rebuild their communities shattered by brutal civil war


Margaret is an agricultural entrepreneurial graduate of FATE Foundation Entrepreneurship Program, with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension, who is passionate about how to achieve Zero Hunger in the Sub-Saharan Africa context with emphasis on Sustainable food systems, Hydroponics and food banking.Continue reading MARGARET OJOCHIDE ALIGBE

Dr Mia Perry; TedX Interview

Dr Mia Perry, SFA co-coordinator, is interviewed at  TedX Glasgow about the Sustainable Futures in Africa network. At TedX Glasgow the SFA network brought a snapshot of its work to the event; this includes a public poll which questioned the approach that we take on research sustainability, engaging with the binary choice of ‘Giving v.s. changingContinue reading Dr Mia Perry; TedX Interview

Chieloka Okonkwo

Eloka is currently working on his doctoral dissertation at the University of Southern Mississippi where he majors in economic development with a minor in political development. His research interests focus on developing strategies, policies, and models that can enable economic growth and sustainable development in Africa. In addition to this, he currently mentors entrepreneurs andContinue reading Chieloka Okonkwo

Publication: Modelling of extension and dyking-induced collapse faults and fissures in rifts

This publication is an output of the research conducted by SFA researchers in Uganda on ‘Understanding the structure, permeability and activity of faults in and around the Rwenzori mountains, Albertine rift system’ Koehn, D., Steiner, A. and Aanyu, K. (2018). Modelling of extension and dyking-induced collapse faults and fissures in rifts. Journal of Structural Geology, 118,Continue reading Publication: Modelling of extension and dyking-induced collapse faults and fissures in rifts

Toward Sustainable Conservation and Management of Human-wildlife Interactions in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana: Villagers’ Perceptions on Challenges and Prospects

The SFA Botswana Hub conducted a trial study titled Unearthing the Dynamics of Human and Wildlife Interactions: The Case of Mmadinare Community in the Central Region of Botswana. From this study a journal paper was extracted and submitted to Wildlife Interactions Journal. It is exciting to announce that finally the paper has been published andContinue reading Toward Sustainable Conservation and Management of Human-wildlife Interactions in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana: Villagers’ Perceptions on Challenges and Prospects

Richard Randle-Boggis

Richard Randle-Boggis is Research Associate with a background in environmental science and biology, and a focus on sustainable infrastructure development. His vision is to create combined sustainable infrastructure and agriculture systems that will enhance livelihoods by providing communities with renewable electricity and food security. Currently Richard is managing a grant to arrange workshops in GlasgowContinue reading Richard Randle-Boggis

Beating poverty needs partnerships and collaboration – not just money

Nigeria recently surpassed India to become the country with the highest number of people living in extreme poverty: 87 million. Nigeria is oil rich and boasts Africa’s fastest growing economy. Yet six of its people fall into extreme poverty every minute. An SFA network article on the importance of community partnership in The ConversationContinue reading Beating poverty needs partnerships and collaboration – not just money


Apala Widows and Orphanage Centre (AWOC) is a partner organisation with the Sustainable Futures in Africa, Uganda Network. The organisation focus its activities on Widows, Orphans, Women and Youth in areas of education, agricultural and water and environment. On the 11th April 2018, AWOC held a meeting with the community youth who were out of school. TheContinue reading APALA WIDOWS AND ORPHANAGE CENTRE

Bosco Chinkonda

Bosco is a born and raised Malawian, manages Finance and Operations with the Art & Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo) responsible for the organization’s finances, administration, M&E and research. Bosco is also a part-time lecturer in Sociology at Chancellor College, where is studying for his Master of Arts in Sociology focusing on gender and empowerment.Continue reading Bosco Chinkonda

Andrew Vincent

Andrew is an entrepreneur with a strong passion for creating business with purpose. A Finance & Accounting graduate and Saltire Foundation Fellow, Andrew started his career in Accountancy and subsequently Economic Development. He left his day job to follow his passions for business and charity. A founding member of Classrooms for Malawi, a not-for-profit withContinue reading Andrew Vincent

Esomchi Agalamanyi

Prior to starting the MSc Education, Public Policy and Equity programme at the University of Glasgow, Esomchi completed a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Nigeria. Presently the Regional Coordinator of Commonwealth Scholars in West Scotland, Esomchi acts as a central proactive contact for commonwealth scholars within the region. He is passionateContinue reading Esomchi Agalamanyi

Reagan Kandole

Reagan Kandole is a 25 year old eco-artist, art teacher, youth development worker the founder and Director of ECOACTION  a non-profit organisation which creates income and livelihood opportunities for the most marginalised urban youth and women through innovative use of waste. Kandole got his Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design at Kyambogo University and pursuedContinue reading Reagan Kandole

Joseph Obadiora (Ph.D)

OBADIORA, Adebayo Joseph (Ph.D) is a lecturer in the Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has his first degree in Social Studies Education, second and third degree in Curriculum Development. Obadiora is working hard and making remarkable contributions in the areas of research through scholarly publications in reputableContinue reading Joseph Obadiora (Ph.D)

Dr Mia Perry

Dr Mia Perry is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She works in the intersections of contemporary arts and cultural practices and formal and informal pedagogies. Mia marries a background in professional and educational arts practice with scholarship in post-critical theories, public pedagogies, and qualitative research methodologies. SheContinue reading Dr Mia Perry

Lynne McCorriston

Lynne McCorriston is a Research and Business Development Manager for the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She supports researchers across the College to develop funding applications and engage with external partners. The College provides support and training for early career staff across grant writing, industrial engagement and career development. LynneContinue reading Lynne McCorriston

Prof. David O. Ògúngbilé

David O. Ògúngbilé is a Professor of Comparative Religion and African Religions, Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His research engagement, is deeply rooted in and drawn from ethnographic data and sources, which is on the various manifestations, expressions, and the dynamics of religions (Indigenous Religion, Islam and Christianity) in Africa.

Sharifa Abdulla

Sharifa Abdulla is a Malawian scholar and theatre for development practitioner holding a lecturer position with the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in the Department of Fine and performing Arts. She is currently a PhD research student at the University of Glasgow, school of education (looking at Culture, Community Arts and Health). Sharifa holds aContinue reading Sharifa Abdulla

Dr Nai Rui Chng

Nai Rui Chng holds a PhD in political science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently a research associate in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. His main research interest is the politics of health and environment, and he specialises in policy and programme evaluation.Continue reading Dr Nai Rui Chng

Helen Todd

Helen is the Executive Director of Art and Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo), an NGO in Malawi that uses participatory arts-based approaches to ignite positive social change. Helen holds an MProf in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Middlesex University and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Sheffield University. In her spare time she is oftenContinue reading Helen Todd

Prof. Adrian Boyce

Adrian Boyce is Professor of Applied Geology at SUERC. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) and a leader applied stable isotope Geoscience research in the UK and beyond. Adrian has co-published over 285 peer-reviewed papers (h-index=40), many focused on the application of stableContinue reading Prof. Adrian Boyce

Goitsemang Mmeko

Goitsemang Mmeko graduated from the University of Botswana with BA in Adult Education. She is currently doing MED in Adult Education at the University of Botswana, and her research interest  is in the area of environment and sustainable development. Goitsemang is also involved in the voluntary work at Disability Support Services Department at the UniversityContinue reading Goitsemang Mmeko

Dr Mercy Adeogun

Mercy Adeogun has a PhD in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and Lecture at Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos. His research work focuses on indigenous knowledge in fisheries and aquatic resources. A change agent in local community with practical engagement for more than 15 years, Dr Adeogun focuses on small holder farmers/fishersContinue reading Dr Mercy Adeogun

Carolyn Khamete Mango

Carolyn Khamete Mango is a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission PhD scholar at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her research interest focuses on postcolonial African feminism and its contribution in the Kenyan film industry by studying six contemporary Kenyan women filmmakers. Carolyn is also a past Commonwealth Scholarship Commission scholar having studied for a Master of ResearchContinue reading Carolyn Khamete Mango

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan is an International Development Coordinator at the University of Glasgow. She facilitates activity of the University’s staff and students who are working with developing country partners through networking event, funding information and information sharing across disciplines. She also manages the Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems Associated Studentship programme, a cohort of 16 studentsContinue reading Mary Ryan

Dr Amol Deshmukh

Dr Amol Deshmukh is working as a human-robot interaction researcher in computing science department at University of Glasgow. He is a Roboticist and has worked on multiple European Union projects involving social robots in work places, children in schools and public spaces. Dr Deshmukh has published more than 36 papers internationally and recently conducted first ofContinue reading Dr Amol Deshmukh

Ruth Mumba

Ruth Mumba has a BSc in Earth Sciences and Geography from  the University of Malawi. Ruth is the Director of Abundance Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working on human development and environmental conservation. She has worked on research programs with The University of Glasgow, College of Science, and Engineering, in questionnaire design, team and funds management,Continue reading Ruth Mumba

Lessah Mandoloma

Lessah Mandoloma, is a lecturer in Natural Resources Management. She has a BSc and an MSc in Natural Resources Management- from University of Malawi and Egerton University, Kenya respectively. Lessah is an AWARD fellow, a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientist across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research andContinue reading Lessah Mandoloma

Dr Tajudeen Adewumi Adebisi

Tajudeen Adewumi Adebisi obtained his Bachelor’s degree (Education/English), Master’s degree (Adult Education), and Doctoral degree (Adult Education) from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria. Dr Adebisi started lecturing in 2007 as one of the pioneer lecturers in Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria. Dr Adebisi is now lecturing in the Department of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning,Continue reading Dr Tajudeen Adewumi Adebisi

Dr Azeez Babatunde Adebakin

Azeez Babatunde Adebakin (Ph.D) is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His research interests revolve around educational planning, economics of education, entrepreneurship education, employability,  job skills/competences development as well as education and work transitions. He has considerable experience in conducting mixed methods research in education in developingContinue reading Dr Azeez Babatunde Adebakin

Erin Jessee

Erin Jessee is a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in History at the University of Glasgow specialising in armed conflict and trauma. She has over a decade of experience conducting research in Rwanda, and recently published Negotiating Genocide in Rwanda: The Politics of History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She has also published articles in Memory Studies, Conflict andContinue reading Erin Jessee

Dr Bola Salami Issa

Dr Issa is an environmentalist with academic backgrounds and field experiences in Surveying and Geo-informatics (Bsc, A.B.U Zaria), Climate Change Risks Management (PgD. Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and Environmental Management (Msc. University of Glamorgan, Wales U.K). Dr Issa is about to start his PhD in Environmental Policy to work on Cumulative Environmental Risk Exposures and Impacts Assessment. Being an academic withContinue reading Dr Bola Salami Issa

Dr Julien Reboud

Dr Julien Reboud (PhD, Université Joseph Fourier/CEA, 2006) is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (since 2017) at the University of Glasgow. Through his PhD in France, his post-doctoral experience in the Institute of Microelectronics (A-STAR) in Singapore, and fellowship in Glasgow, he established a track record in developing and integrating microfluidic systems for medical diagnosticsContinue reading Dr Julien Reboud

Elson Kambalu

Elson Kambalu is a visual artist/curator/gallerist/filmmaker based in Lilongwe, Malawi. He is increasingly drawn to conceptual and participatory work and he is interested in listening to, sharing people’s stories, and creating works that stimulate debate. Elson has exhibited extensively, and his work has appeared on BBC, CNN, and numerous broadcasting houses across the world. HeContinue reading Elson Kambalu

Fabian Karembe Ahimbisibwe

Fabian Karembe Ahimbisibwe is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Adult and Community Education, Makerere University. A trained professional adult and community educator, he holds a Master Degree and Bachelor’s degree in Adult and Community Education from Makerere University, and a Diploma in Secondary Education. He has vast experience in teaching and training inContinue reading Fabian Karembe Ahimbisibwe

Dr Richard Kagolobya

Richard Kagolobya has a multi-disciplinary academic background. He completed his doctoral studies in Drama and Theatre Studies from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies from Tromsø University– Norway and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from Makerere University, Uganda.  He is a poet, playwright, and spontaneous vocal performer. Currently,Continue reading Dr Richard Kagolobya

Dr Priscilla Achakpa

Dr Priscilla M. Achakpa is the founder and Executive Director of Women Environmental Programme (WEP) in Nigeria which currently has offices in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and USA. She has over eighteen years of experience in development work, gender issues, research and documentation, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, conflict intervention and peacebuilding, negotiations, labourContinue reading Dr Priscilla Achakpa

Dr Lizelle Bisschoff

Lizelle Bisschoff is a researcher in African film and the founder of the  Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival, an annual African film festival taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Dr Bisschoff directed the festival from 2006-2011 and currently act as advisor and member of the festival’s Management Team and Board of Trustees. The inspiration for theContinue reading Dr Lizelle Bisschoff

Colin Reilly

Colin Reilly is a PhD student in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. His research, funded by the Carnegie Trust, investigates language use and language attitudes in Malawian universities. Since 2014, he has been a Director of the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Teesa Bahana

Teesa Bahana is Director of 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust. The organization was founded for the creation and exploration of contemporary Ugandan art, and through her work, she seeks to create dynamic cultural exchange opportunities throughout the region and to offer resources for artists and arts practitioners within Uganda and beyond.

Anthony Kadoma

Anthony Kadoma is a Social Change and Community Development Specialist with a Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Community Change and Peacebuilding (October 2013) from Future Generations Graduate School WV USA and a Bachelors Degree of Adult and Community Education 2nd Class Upper Division (2006) from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. Since 2007 Anthony has hadContinue reading Anthony Kadoma

Samir Halliru

Samir Halliru is a lecturer in the Department of Adult Education and Community Services, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) Nigeria. Samir holds a Diploma in Public and Private Law (HUK Polytechnic), B.Ed. Adult Education and Community Development (BUK), M.ED Community Development (BUK), MSC Adult and Continuing Education (University of Glasgow, UK) and is a final yearContinue reading Samir Halliru

Grace Awosanmi

Grace Awosanmi is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. Grace has managed different research and collaborative projects for the Seed Science and Technology Research Laboratory at Obafemi Awolowo University. These include Darwin Initiative Research on Community Tree Seeds (DIRECTS) (2006-2010); Collaborative Project between ObafemiContinue reading Grace Awosanmi

Dr Nader Karimi

Nader Karimi is a lecturer at School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. He is an energy scientist and engineer with almost fifteen years of research experience. Nader completed his PhD at University of Melbourne, Australia in 2009 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany and University of CambridgeContinue reading Dr Nader Karimi

Dr Neil Munro

Neil Munro holds a BA (combined honours) in Chinese and Russian (Queensland, 1990) and a PhD in public policy from University of Strathclyde (2004). He has a comparative interest in participation in governance in post-communist and developing societies and has published on a wide range of themes ranging from acceptance of bureaucratic norms through national identity, regimeContinue reading Dr Neil Munro


SFA partner Reagan Kandole founded a Waste Management Education Project “ECOaction” where he engages the youth and the community in handling waste We’re a registered environmental, non-profit organization, currently located and operating within in Banda, one of Kampala’s slum areas.  Since 2011 we support disadvantaged youths and women from this area, through multiple activities, aimingContinue reading ECOaction

Africa in Motion (AiM)

Africa in Motion (AiM) is an annual African film festival, taking place in Scotland, consisting of film screenings and complementary events. It was founded by SFA partner Dr Lizelle Bisschoff. Now in its twelfth year, AiM brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industryContinue reading Africa in Motion (AiM)

Art & Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo)

The Art & Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo) fosters creative leadership and implements innovative, arts-based, health-oriented programmes that inspire and mobilise. We believe in the transformative power of the arts to facilitate experiential learning, strengthen communities and foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding. Our vision is to serve as an “incubator” for arts-based approaches to actionableContinue reading Art & Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo)

32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is an independent non-profit organisation, focused on the creation and exploration of contemporary art in Uganda. Our multi-purpose resource centre is based in the capital city Kampala and includes studios, accommodation for artists in residence, a contemporary art library, computers & editing suites, meeting areas and outdoor workshop space.Continue reading 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

TRENDS2017 | Between Cities and the Rural: The Role of Universities in Developing our Societies

Reflection on Conference Attendance Conference Name:          TRENDS2017 Location & Date:              Pretoria, South Africa – October 17-19 2017 Paper Presented:             A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Locating Human Wildlife Interaction in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana Authors:             Continue reading TRENDS2017 | Between Cities and the Rural: The Role of Universities in Developing our Societies