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Davide Chinigò

Fixed-term Assistant Professor working in a different University

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Curriculum vitae


Research Fellow in African History and Institutions (SPS/13) at the University for foreigners of Perugia, with teaching and research affiliations at the University of Bologna and Stellenbosch University. He holds a PhD (2011) in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies from the University of Bologna.

Academic career

After his PhD he was awarded a Research Fellowship (2011-13) under the DFID-funded project ‘Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES)’ at the Centre of African Studies of the University of Edinburgh. Between 2014 and 2015 he was a Research Fellow for the PRIN project ‘State, Plurality and Change in Africa’ at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna. He was then awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2016-2019) under the South African Research Chair in the ‘Sociology of Land, Environment and Sustainable Development’ at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Stellenbosch University, where he currently remains the position of Associate Fellow. At different stages of his doctoral and postdoctoral career he also held fellowship positions at the Centre for Social Research (Chancellor College, University of Malawi), at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa University), the Institute of Development Research (Addis Ababa University), and the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

Teaching and supervision experience

He has several years of experience in teaching and supervision of postgraduate students in the fields of African history, politics, and international development at the University of Bologna, the University of Edinburgh, Addis Ababa University, and Stellenbosch University.

He currently teaches the course “Citizenship and Development in Africa” for the MA programme in International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage (Department of Cultural Heritage), and the course “Storia e Istituzioni dell'Africa” for the undergraduate programme in Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche (Department of Political and Social Science).

Research experience

He has extensive research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, conducting fieldwork in Ethiopia (since 2006), Kenya (2012), Malawi (2014-2016), and South Africa (since 2016). Specific research topics include decentralization and local state reforms, the politics of land and resource management, social movements, labour and industrial policies, and social studies of space science and astronomy.

He has also experience in conducting research for non-governmental and international organizations, including NEXUS Emilia Romagna and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Awards and memberships of scientific societies

Since 2011 he is member of the Associazione per gli Studi Africani in Italia.

Since 2008 he collaborates with the journal Afriche e Orienti.

Awards and scholarships:

2012 Hayter Field Research Awards, University of Edinburgh, UK

2009 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary International Foundation

2008 Marco Polo, visiting researcher scholarship, University of Bologna, Italy

2006 Bando per Tesi all’estero, University of Bologna, Italy

He serves as a regular reviewer for several international academic journals including African Affairs, Review of African Political Economy, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Critical African Studies, Northeast African Studies, Africa Spectrum, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Nordic Journal of African Studies, and Bristol University Press (book review).

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