Prof. Dr. G.J. (Jan) AbbinkGeographic expertise: Ethiopia, Somalia, Northeast Africa
Jan Abbink is an anthropologist and carries out research on the history and cultures of the Horn of Africa (Northeast Africa), particularly Ethiopia.
Dr. A. (Akinyinka) AkinyoadeGeographic expertise: Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria
Akinyinka Akinyoade's research activities are on population health and development, with special attention on fertility dynamics in West Africa.
Prof. Dr. W.E.A. (Wouter) van BeekGeographic expertise: Cameroon, Mali, Namibia, South Africa
Wouter van Beek is an anthropologist whose main thematic interests are religion, cultural ecology and tourism.
Prof. Dr. M.E. (Mirjam) de BruijnGeographic expertise: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, Sahel
Mirjam de Bruijn is an anthropologist whose work has a clearly interdisciplinary character. She has done fieldwork in Cameroon, Chad and Mali and an important theme throughout is how people manage risk (drought, war, etc.) in both rural and urban areas.
Dr. M. (Marleen) DekkerGeographic expertise: Ethiopia, Togo, Zimbabwe
Marleen Dekker is a development economist and human geographer.
Prof. Dr. A.J. (Ton) DietzGeographic expertise: Ghana, Kenya
Prof. Ton Dietz has been Director of the African Studies Centre since 1 May 2010 and is also Professor of the Study of African Development at Leiden University.
Prof. Dr. J.W.M. (Han) van DijkGeographic expertise: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger
Han van Dijk is an anthropologist. Having studied forestry, his research now focuses on political decentralization, land tenure, natural resource management and farmer-herder strategies in response to climate variability and development policy.
Prof. Dr. R.A. (Rijk) van DijkGeographic expertise: Botswana, Ghana, Malawi
Rijk van Dijk is an anthropologist. He is an expert on Pentecostalism, globalization and transnationalism, migration, youth and healing.
Prof. Dr. S.D.K. (Stephen) EllisGeographic expertise: Liberia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, West Africa
Stephen Ellis is a historian with a broad range of interests in contemporary history and politics.
Dr. D.W.J. (Dick) FoekenGeographic expertise: Kenya
Dick Foeken is a human geographer and his main research interests are urban poverty, urban water supply and urban agriculture in Africa.
Prof. Dr. J.B. (Jan-Bart) GewaldGeographic expertise: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana
Jan-Bart Gewald is a historian specialized in the social history of Africa.
Prof. Dr. J.C. (Jan) HoorwegGeographic expertise: Kenya
Mr. Jan Hoorweg is currently seconded to Moi University as coordinator of the Coast Environment Research Station (CERS).
Dr. M.M.A. (Mayke) KaagGeographic expertise: Senegal, Chad, Cameroon
Mayke Kaag is a social anthropologist interested in processes of change and continuity in West and West-Central Africa.
Dr. W.M.J. (Ineke) van KesselGeographic expertise: Ghana, Southern Africa, South Africa
Ineke van Kessel is a historian who focuses mainly on contemporary issues in South Africa.
Ir. W. (Wijnand) KlaverGeographic expertise: Kenya
Wijnand Klaver works as a researcher on food and nutrition issues, with a particular interest in the assessment of child growth and household food consumption.
Dr. A.H.M. (André) LeliveldGeographic expertise: Swaziland, Uganda
André Leliveld is a development economist and does research on informal insurance and social-support systems and community-based (health) insurance schemes in Africa.
Dr. M.M.E.M. (Marcel) RuttenGeographic expertise: East Africa, Kenya, Uganda
Marcel Rutten's research activities concentrate on natural resource management, notably of land and water, in (semi-)arid Africa.
Dr. B.F. (Benjamin) SoaresGeographic expertise: Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal
Benjamin Soares is an anthropologist whose research interests include religion and 'modernity', Islam, and religious encounters in West Africa.
Dr. M. (Mathijs) van Leeuwen
Mathijs van Leeuwen is a rural development sociologist, who specialises in conflict and peacebuilding in developing countries.
Dr. S. (Sebastiaan) Soeters
Sebastiaan Soeters currently conducts research on urban developmental issues, with a special emphasis on urban food security.
Z. (Zjos) Vlaminck
Zjos Vlaminck is a research assistant and will mainly assist in the collaborative project, Trade Unions and Labour Issues in Africa.
Dr. L. (Lotje) de Vries
Lotje de Vries is coordinating the ASC’s role in the Consortium for Development Partnership in collaboration with CODESRIA in Dakar
Dr. H. (Harry) Wels
Harry Wels is director of the Research Masters African Studies
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