Rama Salla Dieng
- Dr Rama Salla Dieng
- Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, Programme Director MSc Africa and International Development
- 4.06 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK
- +44 (0)131 651 1636
- Research Interests
- Political economy of agrarian transformation, Land, Capital and Labour, Gender and Development, African economies, African feminisms, Social Reproduction, Research methodology, Parenting and Care
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Wednesday: 9-11am
I am a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development and the Programme Director for the MSc Africa and International Development. I am a member of the Governing Council of the Development Studies Association UK, and my role concerns: Decolonising Development Studies. I am an affiliate of The Review of African Political Economy, the University Gaston Berger, Senegal, a Research Fellow of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, UoE, and a Research Associate, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, UoE. I am also on the Advisory Board of Corona Times, University of Cape Town.
- PhD in International Development, SOAS, University of London
- MSc/Research for International Development, SOAS, University of London
- MA International Cooperation & Development AND Risks Management in Developing Countries, Science Po Bordeaux- IEP, France
- Maîtrise in Political Science, Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux, France
- BSc/Economic & Social Administration (AES) Specialising in Labour, Université De La Méditerranée, Aix – Marseille, France
POLICY RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC BACKGROUNG
My main research interests are in Agrarian Political Economy with a focus on Land, Labour, Social Reproduction, Food and Capitalism in Africa. I am also interested in Gender and Development, African feminisms and Economic Policy-making in Africa.
Before my PhD at SOAS as a Mo Ibrahim Governance and Development in Africa Scholar, I worked in policy-oriented research at the Dakar-based African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (4 years), and at the United Nations: at the UNDP Office in Mauritius and Seychelles (6 months). In the UK, I coordinated a Leverhulme-funded Research Network involving Universities in the UK and in Africa (Ghana, South Africa, Senegal and Kenya). I served on the Board of FRIDA (the Young Feminist Fund) and collaborated with several Feminist Political economy research networks in Africa and the Global South. I also taught at the SOAS Department of Development Studies , the SOAS Understanding Africa Summer School, as well as the CAS SOAS-Mo Ibrahim Foundation Residential School in Governance and Development in Africa.
My PhD thesis focused on the differentiated agrarian change outcomes of selected horticultural projects in Northern Senegal during what has been dubbed “the land rush”. I take a critical feminist political economy approach to analyse rural labour markets with a comparative case study perspective using mixed research methods.
I am the co-convenor of:
- Africa in the Contemporary Word (UG)
- Research in International Development (PG)
- Politics and Theories of International Development (PG)
My research focuses on Critical African studies andPolitical Economy and Agrarian Change, Food, Land and Labour, The politics of Policy Making, "Emergence" in Francophone Africa, Indian Investments in Africa, Gender and Development, Social Reproduction, African feminisms. I am also interested in the role of Culture and the Creative sector in Development.
I was awarded a £19,942 GCRF Theme Fund Award for a Research project on Food Security, Migration and Innovation in Senegal and Zimbabwe: Lessons for Africa, with 4 other UoE researchers
- DIENG, R. S., O'REILLY, A. (2020) ‘Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and beyond, Demeter Press
- DIENG, R. S. (2019) ‘Gone Native?’: Reflections of a feminist tightrope walker’s research on ‘land grabbing’ and the dilemmas of ‘Fieldworking while Parenting at home', in Jackson, R. & Kelly, M. Women Researching in Africa. The Impact of Gender, Palgrave , ISBN 978-3-319-94502-6
- DIENG, R. S. (2013) Le rôle de la culture dans le développement en Afrique in the collective book ed. Aboa, Pokam, Sadio et Tandia (Eds) (2013) Démocratie et Développement: Perspectives des Jeunes Chercheurs Africains, L’Harmattan, Paris
- DIENG, R. S. (2009) Polygamy: At the heart of the Matter, published by Gender Links
- DIENG, R. S. (2017) ‘Land grabbing’ & the politics of evidence: The case of Senegal in Africa Insight 46 (4) Investment on Land or Land Grabbing? Land Reform, Agricultural Production and Food Security in Africa
- DIENG, R. S. (Nov. 2016) : Ndèye Sokhna Guèye (Ed.) (2015), Mouvements sociaux des femmes au Sénégal in Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Vol 5, Issue 1, pp. 126 – 128
- DIENG, R. S. (2015) Third Financing for Development Conference: A missed opportunity for African Women in DAWN Informs (Newsletter of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), August 2015
- DIENG, Salla (2008), La Dernière Lettre, Présence Africaine
- Teaching Development, How can we translate ethically sound practice in development-focused research into good teaching? Blog with Dr. Ann Wagner on the UoE FutureProof Collective, 2020
- Running While Others Walked, Remembering Thandika Mkandawire (1940-2020), Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE.net), also on the website of CODESRIA 2020
Se souvenir de Thandika Mkandawire (1940-2020), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) 2020
- Caring, Parenting and Home-Working during COVID 19, on Corona Times, a public engagement project of HUMA, the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town 2020
- Editorial, The UK's Development Studies Association Newsletter, March 2020
In my work, I use a lot semi-structured interviews as a way to co-generate knowledge. I believe in the inclusive power of video and interview based qualitative research methods to render academic knowledge more accessible to a greater (maybe not academic) audience. I believe these digital tools offer us valuable avenues to elicit critical insights and acknowledge and include participatory ways of knowing and sharing.
New interview series, African Feminisms, on AfricaIsACountry
First Interview: Women’s political consciousness in Senegal (Literary Activism in French) with Dr Ruth Bush, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol (December 2019)
Talking back: African feminisms in Dialogue - new interview series for the Review of African Political Economy (RoAPE.net) Blog by Rama Dieng
Introduction (November 2019):
First interview wIith Dr. Lyn Ossome, MISR, Uganda(November 2019):
Second interview with Hilina Berhanu and Aklile Solomon, The Yellow Movement Addis Ababa University(November 2019):
Third interview with Dr. Divine Fuh, CODESRIA and University of Cape Town (December 2019)
Interview with Jessica Horn, Programme Director of the African Woman Development Fund and Writer (January 2020)
Governance and Development in Africa (SOAS Radio):
Governance and Development in Africa with Onyekachi Wambu
Youth and Governance in Africa (RFI Radio):
Blog posts and public engagement:
I regularly write blogs/commentaries on Senegalese, Francophone and more generalist media outlets on Literature, Politics, Gender and Women's Rights .
In Senegal, the left has given up fighting for its ideals - on the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Blog
La gauche sénégalaise a renoncé à défendre ses idées (Le Monde Afrique February 2019)
Courte Histoire de la Gauche Senegalaise
Les couleurs de l'Ecrivain, Interview avec Mohamadou Mbougar Sarr
Advocacy: Financing for Development
Women's Working Group on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015)
DAWN - Women's Working Group on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015)
More on my website.
Topics interested in supervising
- Agrarian Change and Agrarian Political economy (Labour, Land, Social Reproduction and Capitalism) - Agriculture, Export horticulture and Global Value Chains, - Food Security - Development Policy, - Governance, the role of the State and social movements in Africa - India in Africa - Gender and Development, - African Feminism(s), Feminist Parenting - Francophone Africa, - West and Central Africa, - Mauritius.
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