Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka

Post-doctoral researcher, Université catholique de Louvain

Dr. Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka is currently a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher. He received his PhD from the School of Political and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, with a background in legal and political studies. His doctoral thesis concerned with land grabbing by local elites in the African Great Lakes region. His postdoctoral researches focus on issues of power and resistance in relation with access to natural resources in this region. His research focuses upon land conflicts in Eastern DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. He has co-constructed the Land Rush Theatre method, and tested it out in various settings. Nyenyezi Bisoka works with Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the Catholic University of Bukavu and the Higher Institute of Rural Development (DRC). In addition, Dr. Nyenyezi Bisoka is involved in teaching and coordinating research-action projects in Belgium, Burundi, Rwanda, and DRC. Before embarking on his doctoral studies, Dr. Nyenyezi Bisoka worked in development cooperation in Africa in the Great Lakes region. Under this experience, Dr. Nyenyezi Bisoka holds the research position at the Reference Center for expertise on Central Africa, which is a forum for dialogue and synergy in order to strengthen North-South cooperation. For publishing purposes, Dr. Nyenyezi Bisoka is the co-editor of the Conjoncture de l’Afrique Centrale (an annual scientific publication). He is the winner of several international awards including the Young African Researcher Award of the Review of African Political Economy in 2014, the Individual Research Grant of African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in 2017 and the Individual “Meaning-making Research Initiatives” (MRI) Grant of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESTRIA) in 2018.


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    Post-doctoral researcher, Université Catholique de Louvain