PhD students

There are four types of PhD students among the ASCL Community’s affiliates:

  • Resident ASCL PhD students: (co-)supervised by a researcher at the ASCL and who have a desk and access to facilities at the ASCL when in the Netherlands
  • Non-resident ASCL PhD students: (co-)supervised by a researcher at the ASCL but do not have a desk or access to facilities at the ASCL when in the Netherlands (i.e. they have the use of facilities at the university where the ASC (co-)supervisor has a professorial position instead)
  • Non-resident non-ASCL PhD students: supervised by a researcher who works at the ASCL but whose PhD supervision work (in this case) is paid by another university
  • Other PhD students: doing their PhD on a topic related to African Studies


A. (Anika) Altaf
Anika Altaf is based at ASC Leiden and conducting Ph.D research on the ethics of targeting for poverty alleviation. This is a research of the targeting practices of partner organizations of Development Agencies.
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A. (Adamou) Amadou
Adamou Amadou holds a degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Tromsø and is currently attached to the University of Ngaoundere (Cameroon).
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K. (Kassim) Assouma
Kassim Assouma is a PhD candidate and a Junior Researcher in the NWO-funded project, “Increasing Political Leverage of Informal and Formal Workers’ Organisations for Inclusive Development: The cases of Ghana and Benin”.
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K. (Karin) van Bemmel
Karin van Bemmel is since October 2011 working on her PhD entitled ‘Mental Health and the Conceptualization of Illness in a Post-Conflict Area’.

I. (Inge) Butter
Inge Butter is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the Arabic language and Arab culture.
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N.A.T. (Nilza) César
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A. (Antonio) Frank
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T.N. (Thijs) den Hertog
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P.H. (Peter) Justin
Peter Justin (born in Yei – Sudan), is a PhD candidate in the ‘Grounding Land Governance’ Programme.
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D. (Doreen) Kobusingye
Doreen Nancy Kobusingye is a Ph.D researcher under the ‘Grounding Land Governance’ Programme, based at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands.

A.M. (Alice) Kubo
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S.A.A. (Serena) Nasongo
Serena Adhiambo Adede Nasongo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) studies in University of Amsterdam.
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D. (Doreen) Setume
Senzokuhle Doreen Setume is a PhD. candidate of social anthropology with the African Studies Centre in Leiden. She is a lecturer of Religious Studies at Molepolole College of Education (affiliated to the University of Botswana) in Botswana.

R. (Rosine) Tchatchoua Djomo
Rosine Tchatchoua Djomo is a PhD student under the research project: Land governance reform in Central Africa.
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E. (Evelyne) Tegomoh
Evelyne Tegomoh holds an MPhil in Visual Anthropology from the University of Tromsoe and has been lecturing at the department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Buea, Cameroon, since 2004.

M. (Martin) van Vliet
Martin van Vliet (1979) studied Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at the University of Leiden. He wrote a master thesis on the implementation of Mali's decentralization process from a cultural perspective.
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M. (Menno) Welling
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M.L. (Merel) van 't Wout
Merel van ‘t Wout recently started as a PhD candidate in the project Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History led by dr. M.R. Doortmont.
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