I joined the Open University in February 2016 as a Lecturer in International Development and Inclusive Innovation. Prior to this I lectured in International Relations and Politics at the University of Northampton.
My research concerns politics, security and development in sub-Saharan Africa. I am particularly interested in the role of 'informal' institutions in local governance, the politics of development, and the policing of political and economic change.
My current research, 'Securing Africa's Mobile Revolution: Political and Social Dimensions of Cyber Security in Tanzania', funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, investigates the connections between increased digital connectivity and security in the daily lives of residents of urban Tanzania. I am interested in how users of mobile phones and the internet experience and understand the security implications of new technologies, and how security providers construct and act upon narratives of cyber security and cybercrime as part of broader processes of social and political ordering.
My previous research concerns community policing initiatives in Tanzania. Working in Mwanza, I investigated how the city's residents perceive and use local security providers, the challenges to sustaining participation in community-based service delivery, and the relationship between policing and multi-party politics at local and national levels.