- Dr Pete Kingsley
- Student Development Coordinator, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
- 4.03 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 4082
I work on the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, which will support at least 200 talented African students to study at the University of Edinburgh over seven years. Our scholars receive extensive extracurricular training in leadership, entrepreneurship and service to their communities and countries. I am responsible for coordinating this training, as well as organising our Summer School and student placements. I am also responsible for providing pastoral support for students, which continues my longstanding interest in student wellbeing.
I am also the lead academic organiser of the European Conference on African Studies 2019.
Between 2012 and 2018, I worked in a variety of research and teaching roles in the Centre of African Studies. As part of the Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation project, I researched trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) control. I have carried out fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, and Zambia. I taught on several courses, including an MSc course (Key Skills in Development Practice), and doctoral class (’IDEAS: International Development: Exchanges and Advanced Skills’) that I created.
Prior to this, I worked in sexual health, HIV prevention, and HIV treatment, particularly in Northern Nigeria. I pursued this with an MSc by Research in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and then with my doctorate in the Human Geography, entitled "Life Extended: The Intimate Politics of the Antiretroviral Era in Northern Nigeria".
As part of the Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation project, I am researching trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) control. I have carried out fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, and Zambia in order to study (amongst other things) how different control methods have been developed, and are being deployed. I also have an interest in drug safety and the problem of fake, counterfeit, and substandard medicines. I am currently working with GALVmed, the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control to investigate this issue in Nigeria and beyond.
I am also involved in planning our hosting of the European Conference on African Studies in June 2019.
Badejo, A. F., Majekodunmi, A. O., Kingsley, P., Smith, J., & Welburn, S. C. (2017). 'The impact of self-help groups on pastoral women’s empowerment and agency: A study in Nigeria'. Pastoralism, 7(1), 28.
Kingsley, Pete and Emma Michelle Taylor. (2016). 'One Health: competing perspectives in an emerging field'. Parasitology. doi:10.1017/S0031182015001845.
Kingsley, Pete. (2015). 'Inscrutable medicines and marginal markets: tackling substandard veterinary drugs in Nigeria'. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 5:2 DOI 10.1186/s13570-014-0021-6
Smith, James, Emma Michelle Taylor, and Pete Kingsley. (2015). 'One World-One Health and neglected zoonotic disease: Elimination, emergence and emergency in Uganda.' Social Science & Medicine, 129: 12-19 doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.044
Kingsley, Pete. (2014). 'NGOs, Doctors, and the Patrimonial State – Tactics for Political Engagement in Nigeria.' Critical African Studies 6(1): 6-21. doi:10.1080/21681392.2013.852029
'What sleeping sickness in Uganda can teach us about fighting Ebola' - a comment article for The Conversation.
'Dora Akunyili - the Nigerian public servant who took on the fake drugs trade' - a comment article for The Conversation.
‘South Sudan crisis threatens to derail tropical disease efforts’ - a comment article written with James Smith for The Conversation.
'Nigeria - Country profile.' Political Insight 4: 24–27. doi: 10.1111/2041-9066.12008