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Albert Mkony

Albert Mkony
Mr Albert Mkony
Tutor, Researcher and Swahili Language Assistant - African Studies and International Politics
Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD

Social Media in Africa, Governance and Leadership in Africa,  African politics, Swahili,  International Cooperation, International Development, African Union, Preventive Diplomacy, International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Intelligence & Security Studies, Regional Cooperation & Integration,  Tanzania, East Africa, Diaspora and Race.


Since 2015, I have taught several undergraduate courses including  Africa in the Contemporary World, International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism,  International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond and Swahili.

University of Edinburgh

- Africa in the Contemporary World (UG Course)          

- International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism (UG Course)

 - International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond World (UG Course)

- Swahili (UG & PG Course)

University of Glasgow

 – Swahili (PG Course)


My current doctoral research concerns the political efficacy of social media in Tanzania. More broadly, I explore how people negotiate with the structural and legislative constraints of digital spaces in Africa, the role of locally incubated social media platforms and the significance of diasporic digital counterpublics to the practice and experience of democracy in Africa’s cyberspace.

Currently, I also work as Research Assistant for the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) grant where I seek to better understand what kind of recorded lecture material is most effective for online learning. 

Previously, I have  also worked as Security Analyst  for the ESRC-DFID-funded Social Media and Security in Africa (SMS: Africa) project where I provided a timely understanding of the role social media plays in documenting and driving (in)security in Tanzania.

Further, as  Researcher for “Q-Step Africa” -Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform project, I scoped out in greater details the needs, capacity and constraints of teaching Quantitative Methods at Universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Beyond academia, I have worked as case worker at the House of Commons in London and I serve on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Tanzanian Affairs; a current affairs magazine by the Britain Tanzania Society. I also write for Africa is a Country blog and VijanaFM blog- leading intellectual voices platforms in the African online media sphere. I also teach Swahili to governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and do consultancy work with national and international organisations with interests in Africa, Tanzania in particular.

Prior to Edinburgh, I studied in Tanzania, England and Wales.


  • “Challenges of ethnic pluralism in creating and managing harmony in an ethnically plural states.” Presented at the “Decolonising History in Africa and Africa in History: towards a more collaborative interdisciplinary approach” Conference, University of Edinburgh, March 2017.
  • On becoming African”.  Exhibited at “Afropolitan- an exploration of what Africa means to Africans at home and abroad”, Exhibition, University of Edinburgh, March 2017.
  • “Social Media and Arusha Declaration in Contemporary Politics.” Chaired and presented at the “THE ARUSHA DECLARATION@50” Conference, University of Edinburgh, February 2017.


  • “#WhatWouldNyerereDo?”  Africa is a Country Blog, produced by young Africans and diaspora writers, scholars and artists, one of the leading intellectual voices in the African online media sphere. Published October 2016.
  • “Magufuli & Social Media- Is Jamii Forums Africa’s WikiLeaks?” Vijana FM,  Published December 2016.
  • “Three Key Questions for Decolonizing the Academy.”  Reflection on the “Decolonizing the Academy” Conference, University of Edinburgh, May 2016
  • “Foreign Aid, Zanzibar and Self-reliance debate in Tanzania” Vijana FM,  Published April 2016.


BSc Hons (Middlesex, London); MSc (Aberystwyth, Wales); PhD (Edinburgh, Scotland)- currently studying