Cynthia is a part-time lecturer in Development Studies at Sylva University in Lusaka. She is interested in carrying out research examining whether the Zambian government is using development assistance from non-traditional donors such as China, Brazil and India towards achieving national development priorities. Her interest in this area was developed whilst conducting research for her Master’s thesis entitled “A comparative study of Chinese and Brazilian development assistance to African countries”. At SAIPAR, Cynthia is a researcher on the Mobile Money project.
Nicholas is a PhD student at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, under the supervision of Dr David Cantor. His PhD is investigating reception policies in southern Africa and how they interact with the refugee regime and its core norms (with a particular focus on freedom of movement). He has just finished a 9-month affiliation at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also teaches on the core module (An Introduction to Refugee and Forced Migration Studies) on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has two years experience working in the field as an advocate for organisations such as Asylum Access, Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR. Finally, he has previously completed consultancy work for the RLI and Chatham House and has had work published by UNHCR.
Kate Pruce is a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute (GDI). She is researching the politics of social protection in Zambia, with a particular focus on the role of ideas in determining political commitment to social protection policies.
Kate is also a researcher with the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre. She is working on ESID’s comparative project on the political economy of social protection expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, leading the Zambia case study.
Melanie L. Thompson
Melanie L. Thompson is a PhD Candidate of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on potential barriers to female candidacy. The number of women holding elected office has been a prominent and pressing concern for social scientists over the last decade. While the number of women holding political positions has been increasing overall, there is still a limited understanding of the unique challenges that female politicians face when navigating entry into the political realm.
Anna Wolkenhauer is a PhD student at Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science (BIGSSS), in the field of 'Global Governance and Regional Integration'. Anna's PhD research proposal is entitled the Social State in Zambia: A Study of Social Assistance and Agricultural Policies. Her preliminary research questions are the following: how does the social state in Zambia function? And how has its historical and international context shaped the way it functions today?