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Professor in International Development, University of Antwerp

I am a professor (full professor/hoogleraar) in International Development at the Institute of Development Policy at the University of Antwerp. I am broadly interested in governance and conflict in spaces where the state is only weakly present, particularly in Central and Eastern Africa. My current principal research interests are the following: public services in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a particular focus on the traffic police and taxes; ‘green criminology’, and particularly ivory trade in Central and Eastern Africa; conflict and rebel movements in the DRC and Uganda, particularly the LRA and ADF in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and conflict dynamics in Western Uganda. I have conducted extensive field resarch on these issues in the DR Congo and Uganda.
I was a visiting fellow at Makerere University (Uganda; 2004-2006; 2011-2013); and the London School of Economics (Department of International Development; 2014)


  • 2007 
    Ghent University, Political Sciences