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Expert in Environmental Humanities, Sustainability Science, Foresight and Futures Studies, University of Cologne

Nsah Mala (born Kenneth Toah Nsah) is an award-winning expert in Environmental Humanities, Sustainability Science, Foresight and Futures Studies. Nsah Mala holds a PhD in Arts, Literature and Cultural Studies, with a specialisation in Comparative Literature and Environmental Humanities, from Aarhus University (Denmark). His doctoral thesis was entitled: "Can Literature Save the Congo Basin? Postcolonial Ecocriticism and Environmental Literary Activism." And the thesis won the Prix de thèses francophones en Prospective 2022 (Prize for Francophone Theses in Foresight and Futures Studies) from la Fondation 2100 (France) and l'Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). He is a 2023 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner (NGFP) Fellow (Judges' Choice) at the School of International Futures (SOIF) in the UK. Nsah Mala obtained the Erasmus Mundus Master Crossways in Cultural Narratives from Université de Perpignan Via Domitia (France), University of St Andrews (UK), and Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He has teaching and academic degrees in Bilingual Studies (English and French) from the University of Yaoundé 1 and École Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé in Cameroon. He has expertise and research interests in foresight and futures studies; sustainability science; environmental humanities; environmental communication; postcolonial ecocriticism; literary activism; youth climate activism; literature, climate change and environmental problems in the Congo Basin; climate-environment-migration nexus; comparative literature; Cameroonian and African literatures in English and French; diasporic literatures; indigenous studies; ethnolinguistics; literature and migration; medical humanities; and creative writing. He is a poet, writer, children's author, consultant, journalist, foresight practitioner and futurist, and interdisciplinary scholar. He is the author and editor of numerous publications, including peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, poetry collections and anthologies, and picture books for children, in English and French. He has won literary prizes in Cameroon and France. He has worked in different capacities for numerous institutions and organisation, including Aarhus University, Radboud University, University of Lille, University of Cologne, Lancaster University, Brookings Institution, Future Earth France Hub at CNRS, UNESCO-MOST BRIDGES Coalition, and Mongabay News, among others. He has received awards and grants from institutions and organisations such as Aarhus University, Fondation 2100, AUF, European Commission, US Department of State, British Academy, Cameroonian Ministry of Arts and Culture, and SOIF.


  • 2022–present
    Freelance Copyeditor in French, Mongabay News
  • 2024–present
    BRIDGES Hub Coordinator and Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cologne
  • 2023–2024
    Attaché temporaire d'enseignement et de recherche (ATER) - Teaching and Research Fellow, Université de Lille
  • 2022–2022
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Epistemic Justice, Radboud University
  • 2018–2021
    PhD Research Fellow - Comparative Literature and Environmental Humanities, Aarhus University


  • 2022 
    Aarhus University, PhD in Comparative Literature and Environmental Humanities
  • 2022 
    SOAS University of London, Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World
  • 2020 
    United Nations Staff System College, The Paris Agreement on Climate as a Development Agenda
  • 2018 
    Université de Perpignan Via Domitia , Master Arts, Lettres et Civilisations - Études Anglophones
  • 2018 
    University of St Andrews, MLitt Erasmus Crossways in Cultural Narratives
  • 2018 
    Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Erasmus Master Crossways in Cultural Narratives
  • 2015 
    University of Oregon, Building Teaching Skills through the Interactive Web
  • 2012 
    École Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé, B.Ed. in Bilingual Letters (English & French)
  • 2012 
    University of Yaoundé 1, BA Bilingual Studies (English & French)


Prix de thèses francophones en Prospective 2022 - Fondation 2100 et Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie