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Albert Mkony

Albert Mkony
Name
Mr Albert Mkony
Title
Tutor, Researcher and Swahili Language Assistant - African Studies and International Politics
Address
Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Email
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/people/core_staff/albert_mkony

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 & Secuity Studies, Regional Cooperation & Integration,  Tanzania, East Africa.

Biography

Since 2016, I have taught several undergraduate courses including  Africa in the Contemporary World, International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism,  Swahili and International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond. 

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

Moreover, I have taught Swahili since 2015- both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and worked with governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that require the use of Swahili. 

Beyond academia, I serve on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Tanzanian Affairs; an influential news and current affairs magazine issued three times a year 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 write on issues of governance, democracy, globalization, international cooperation, culture and development.

Prior to Edinburgh, I studied in Tanzania, England and Wales and worked with a number of institutions in those countries including as a research trainee and case worker at the House of Commons in London. 

TEACHING

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)

SELECTED CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

  • “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.

SELECTED ONLINE ARTICLES

  • “#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.