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Honorary Associate, The Open University

Dr Lotte Hughes is an historian and a journalist, who largely works on Kenyan issues. Her research interests include culture; cultural rights; heritage; identity politics; memory and memorialisation; Mau Mau; indigenous peoples; land rights and FGM/C and Alternative Rites of Passage.

She has led major research projects on Kenya, including the AHRC-funded ‘Managing Heritage, Building Peace’, and the ESRC-funded ‘Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution’ (2014-17). She was consultant to the project ‘“Seeing” Conflict at the Margins’, based at the University of Sussex (2017-20). Key publications include Moving the Maasai: A Colonial Misadventure (2006), and Environment and Empire (2007, co-author William Beinart)


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, The Open University