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Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham

Dr Bizuneh Yimenu is a teaching fellow at the International Development Department, the School of Government of the University of Birmingham. He earned his PhD in comparative politics from the University of Kent. His PhD project entitled ‘Implementing Federalism in a Developing Country: The Case of Ethiopia, 1995-2020’ won the Civil Society Scholars Award of the Open Society Foundation. Bizuneh worked as an assistant lecturer and subject tutor from 2017 to 2022 at the University of Kent. Before joining Kent, he completed an MA and BA at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He also worked as a lecturer at Dilla University, Ambo University, and Ethiopian Civil Service University in Ethiopia between 2008 and 2017. Bizuneh is an Association Fellow of the Higher Education academy.

His research focuses on federalism, decentralisation, public policy, nationalism, territorial politics, and Africa. His research articles have been published in international journals such as Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Public Administration and Development, and Asian and African Studies. He has published pieces on platforms such as The Conversation, Africanargument and Ethiopia Insight. He appears on international media such as Aljazeera and BBC to give expert comments.


  • –present
    Teaching Fellow Comparative Politics , University of Birmingham


  • 2021 
    University of Kent, PhD in Comparative Politics