Katarzyna Grabska holds a PhD in Development Studies and Anthropology from Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK (2010). Her main research interests focus on inter-linkages between conflict, forced displacement, gender and generational analysis and rights. In her research, she has been combining multi-sited and multi-method approaches, mainly ethnography, qualitative and visual methods. Between 2002 and 2005, she carried out research on livelihood strategies among southern Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt. Based on this research, she co-produced a featured documentary on the lives of Southern Sudanese refugees in Cairo. She also participated in a research among displaced population in Khartoum (2005-2006) and refugees in Beirut. In her Phd, she examined gender and generational transformations as a result of conflict-induced displacement in South Sudan. She carried out ethnographic fieldwork in refugee camps in Kenya and in a place of return in South Sudan (2006-2008). Since 2009, she has been an affiliated Researcher with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, IHEID, in Geneva, where she has been collaborating closely with the Programme on Global Migration Studies and Programme on Gender and Global Change. Between 2011-2012, she was a postdoc at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, working as a principal researcher and coordinator of a Swiss Research Consortium North-South funded project on migration and mobility in Ghana and Kyrgyzstan. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development at IHEID where she leads a Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS) funded research project examining adolescent girls’ migration in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kyrgyzstan. Since 2012, she is a lecturer in anthropology of humanitarianism at the Centre d'Enseignment et de la Recherche sur l'Action Humanitaire (CERAH) in Geneva. She has long-standing experience of research, teaching and involvement in advocacy in South-East Asia, North, East and West Africa and the Middle East on migration, displacement and development while working with universities and NGOs. She has published on issues related to refugees, gender and humanitarian and development dynamics, as well as on youth and processes of social change. At Stanford, she is finalising a book manuscript based on her Phd research.
Henrik Ernstson is the Stig Hagström scholar (2013-2015) of The Wallenberg Foundation at Department of History, Stanford University. He is Principal Investigator of two interdisciplinary research projects between the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town and the KTH Environmental Humanities at KTH Institute of Technology in Stockholm. From studies in Physics (Linköping University) and Systems Ecology (Stockholm University), he has developed a core interest in urban political ecology, collective action, and African urbanism in which he draws on relational social movement theory, actor-network theory and postfoundational political thought to unpack the inherently political of urban environments. Recent publications include "Provincializing Urban Political Ecology" (2013, forthcoming in Antipode with M Lawhon and J Silver), "The Social Production of Ecosystem Services" (2013), and "Ecosystem Services as Technology of Globalization" (2013 with S Sörlin). Currently is editing a book with Sverker Sörlin on "Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Political Ecologies" with environmental historical and critical studies from China, India, South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Germany, and USA. He recently submitted a special issue to IJURR on "Politicizing African Urban Environments" with Mary Lawhon and Jonathan Silver with studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana and South Africa. For more information follow his blog "In Rhizomia" (http://www.rhizomia.net/) and their collaborative platform at "Situated [Urban Political] Ecologies" (http://www.situatedecologies.net/). His twitter is @rhizomia (check out #SUPE).
Barry Schutz has been affiliated with Stanford since 2004. Before that Dr. Schutz was an Africa analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State. He has taught at Georgetown University, Mills College, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the National Intelligence University. Internationally he has taught in Mozambique (as a Fulbright Professor), University of Zimbabwe, University of Lancaster in the UK and Trent University, Canada. He has published extensively on Southern African politics, his most recent publication being "South Africa's Paradox of Violence and Legitimacy" in the book, Terrorism, Identity, and Legitimacy, edited by Jean Rosenfeld and published by Routledge.
Landry Signé is a recipient of the 2011-2013 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada hosted by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), and affiliated at the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. He is working on a project entitled “The Efficiency of the Political Responses to the Global Financial and Economic Crisis in Africa: Does the Political Regime and Economic Structure Matter?” He completed his PhD in Political Science (2010), with the Award ofExcellence, at the University of Montreal, and has been bestowed the Award for Best International PhD Dissertation of 2011 by the Center for International Studies and Research (CÉRIUM). His dissertation is entitled “Political Innovation: The Role of the International, Regional and National Actors in the Economic Development of Africa”.
Dr. Signé has received numerous grants, distinctions and awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Center for International Studies and Research, the University of Montreal, the Québec Fund on Society and Culture among others. His work has been published in the Canadian Journal of African Studies, and the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. His research interests include the politics, international relations, political economy and business of Sub-Saharan Africa.