Visiting Researchers

The GIC network  is currently looking for new visiting researchers to stay at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies of  Ghent University. Check out the call. 


Past visiting scholars and researchers


Daniel Komakech

Dr. Daniel Komakech, Ph.D., lectures at the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, Gulu University, Uganda of which he was the former Director. His areas of research interests are; peace epistemology, migrations and securitization, political ecology, and urban ecology. His major publications are in the areas of transitional Justice, traditional Justice and political philosophy.

Currently, he is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Department of Conflict and Development Studies University of Ghent. During his stay in Ghent he will co-author two articles together with Dr. Karen Büsher. The first one deals with post and persisting conflict and urban circulation: learning to detach from life course of 'husbanding. The second articles explores revolts against green militarisation in the Apaa land conflict.

Linus Karlsson

Linus Karlsson is a PhD student from the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). His research interests include agrarian change, property and authority, space, race and power, materiality and state formation. His PhD research is based in Lenje Chiefdom, rural Zambia, where he studies how ‘the state’ comes into being as a contested authority through various practices and performances of property making.

He is currently writing on an article titled ‘Boundaries of rule: struggles over land and legitimate authority in Munyama Forest, Lenje Chiefdom, Zambia’. The article examines how the spatialities and imaginaries of state authority are reshaped amid enduring struggles over land, and how these ‘boundary-struggles’ open up spaces for the renegotiation of political authority, belonging and rights.