Matt’s research focuses on volunteering, citizenship and civil society in humanitarian and development contexts. He was co-author of the IFRC Global Review on Volunteering, Research Director of the Volunteers in Conflicts and Emergencies Initiative with the Swedish Red Cross, and has published on issues including South-South volunteering, volunteering and citizenship, volunteering and gender, as well as on civil society activism, development education and NGO engagement strategies. As well as being Principal Investigator of Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda (RYVU), he is also PI of ISSRAR, a GCRF/British Academy project exploring youth agency in Palestine, and Co-investigator of UKRI GCRF Living Deltas, a 5 year project exploring the lives of delta dwellers in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Professor Peter Kanyandago holds a PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain. He is one of the founder staff of Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) where he worked for 22 years until February 2016, before later rejoining as a Research Fellow. In UMU he served in different capacities including being Deputy Vice Chancellor for 11 years, Director of the School of Postgraduate Studies, and Director of Research. Peter Kanyandago has researched and published in different areas but focusing on the importance of taking African cultures as partners in discussing issues related to Christianity, development, and ethics. His research has also focused on the effects of external factors on African cultures and worldview. In particular, he has investigated the negative influence of Westernisation/Modernisation and negative evangelisation on Africa and how these can be seen as root cause of violence in Africa. He believes that African problems can only be solved if we get home grown or endogenous solutions and approaches. He has done some work for international organisations including UNESCO, World Council of Churches, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities, where he is currently a member of the Administration Board responsible for research. For five years, he was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Indigenous Knowledge Systems of the Department of Science and Technology of the government of the Republic of South Africa. He is actively engaged in research and use of African endogenous knowledge and science, especially of African medicine.
Moses Mubiru is the Head of United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) in Uganda. In this position, he represents, leads, and is accountable for harnessing and directing the full potential of UNV capabilities and associated partnerships in developing schemes, policies and legislation that promote volunteerism and volunteer action through advisory services. Moses also previously served as Head of UNV Programme in Liberia-West Africa where he was responsible for business development and UN volunteer mobilization in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Prior to joining the United Nations, Moses served as Policy Facilitator at ActionAid Vietnam and Capacity Building Advisor for Voluntary Services International (VSO) in Papua New Guinea. Moses holds a Master’s Degree in Peace & Conflict Studies.
Dr. Aisling O’ Loghlen is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Global Challenges based in the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University. Her research interests include the concern with the distinctive ways governance arrangements in a particular city inform displaced groups’ spatial distribution and experiences of vulnerability in cities of the Global South. Her academic research to date has focused mostly on sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. O’Loghlen received a James-Watt Scholarship to complete her Ph.D. in Urban Studies which examined the vulnerabilities of urban displaced populations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Before starting work in Northumbria, Aisling also worked as a project manager on research projects related to urban profiling of displaced populations in Afghanistan, in addition to working as a consultant for various humanitarian agencies including RedR UK.
Mr. Balthazar Bacinoni is the Head of Organisational Development and Humanitarian Diplomacy Department at the Burundian Red Cross, where he has worked as a senior manager for 13 years. He has extensive experience in mobilising local capacity with practical experience in participatory training, branch capacity assessment and capacity building. In addition, he has considerable experience of working with volunteers in community and human resource mobilisation.
Frank Ahimbisibwe is a Senior lecturer in the fields of human rights, conflict and peace studies, international relations, diplomacy and refugee studies. He serves as the Acting Head of Department, Department of Planning and Governance, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) as of August 2013. He has been a lecturer at MUST since 2007, and his primary research and teaching interests include refugees, disaster preparedness and management, regional security, peace building, human rights and human security in the Great Lakes region of Africa, and democratization in Uganda, among many others. Frank has received numerous fellowships and research grant awards, and has studied in Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. He is currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Peace and Development Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden and Department of Political Science, Lich University, South Sudan. He has facilitated partnerships between MUST and other universities.
Ms. Joyce Adoch Talamoi has over 12 years of education and integrated programme experience for children and youth in humanitarian, recovery and development contexts. She has worked for INGO’s in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and supported cross border programmes between Kenya and Somalia. She has worked extensively worked with youth in acute emergencies, protracted displacements and during recovery and development contexts. She has set up and managed successful youth programmes. Currently, she is an Education Specialist for NRC Uganda Programme. Other organizations she has worked for previously include; Save the Children, Caritas among others. Joyce has a master of science in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University and a first degree in Social work and social administration. She is an active member of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). Out of work, she loves family, and loves spending time with & hosting family and friends.
Dr. Cuthbert Tukundane is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Uganda Martyrs University. He received his PhD in Behavioural and Social Sciences from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He also holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies. His research interests are in the areas of skills development, youth and the labour market, social exclusion/inclusion, action research and livelihoods management. He has published several papers in international journals and book chapters on the subject of youth, education and work. In 2019, Cuthbert completed a specialised Scholars’ programme on Youth, Workforce Development and Closing the Skills Gap at the University of Montana in the United States.
Roger Zetter is Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies, retiring as the fourth Director of the Refugee Studies Centre in September 2011. He has been a consultant to many governments and international organisations – UNHCR, UNDP, UNHABITAT, UNFPA, World Bank, ILO, IOM, IFRC, Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, OXFAM and Brookings-Bern Project – and the governments of UK, NZ, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland and the EC; research funders include ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, MPI. Recent research includes: protracted refugee situations (Norwegian MFA); climate and environmental change and population displacement (MacArthur Foundation, UNHCR, Swiss MFA, Norwegian MFA); development-led responses to the economic costs and impacts of forced migration, and labour market access for refugees (World Bank, Danish MFA, EC, ILO); protection and forced displacement (Swiss Federal Commission for Migration, Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Migration Policy Institute); framing humanitarian principles (IOM). He has written over 35 peer reviewed papers, six books, over 20 book chapters, 15 major research reports and numerous op. eds. His 1991 Journal of Refugee Studies paper, ‘Labelling refugees: forming and transforming a bureaucratic identity’ is one of the most widely cited in refugee studies.
Dr. Sarah Mills is Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK. Her research explores the geographies of youth citizenship, informal education and volunteering. Dr Mills has completed ESRC-funded research on these themes, most recently on the UK Government’s National Citizen Service youth programme, for which she was called to give evidence at the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement. She is the co-editor of Politics, Citizenship & Rights (Springer, 2016) and Informal Education, Childhood & Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices (Palgrave, 2014). She received the Royal Geographical Society’s Gill Memorial Award in 2017 for ‘outstanding early-career research in cultural geography’ and she is a recipient of the AAG’s Political Geography Speciality Group’s ‘Outstanding Research Award’ (Virginie Mamadouh Publication Prize). She is a Co-Editor of the international and multidisciplinary journal Geopolitics and a former Chair of the Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Geographies of Children, Youth and Families’ Research Group.
Wycliffe is a senior international relief and development executive with experience in leading complex responses to emergency and poverty in rapidly changing contexts. He is currently the Country Director for Finn Church AID in Uganda and has 19 years’ experience with international relief and development organizations and has mainly worked in Eastern and Southern Africa. Wycliffe has a successful record in leadership, managing multidisciplinary International development and humanitarian initiatives and developing new approaches for sustainable development. He has substantial experience in grants management and donor relations. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Development Practice, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Development studies. He also has Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning from City &Guilds, London Institute and a Diploma in Special Needs Education from Kyambogo University.
Dr. Moses Okech is an International Development professional with over 14 years’ experience in Research, Lecturing and Livelihoods Programming. He has recently worked on refugee livelihoods as the Technical Coordinator for Economic Recovery and Development at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Uganda as well as Post-Graduate Lecturer at the University of Kisubi. He has conducted a number of consultancies for reputable organizations including the The World Bank, Overseas Development Institute, GIZ, CRS and Bank of Uganda, among others. His professional background includes working with Equity Bank, CARE International and lecturing at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom. Moses holds a PhD in Political Economy of Development from Leeds Beckett University (UK), Masters in International Development Management from the University of Bradford (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute and a BA Hons. (Social Sciences) from Makerere University. Dr. Moses Okech is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Dr. Robert Turyamureeba (PhD) is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) under the RYVU project. He is both an academic and a practitioner with over nine years of experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. He has overseen several research projects both in Uganda & South Sudan. Previously, he worked at Research Oasis Africa (ROA) in Uganda.
Over the years, Margaret Angucia has taught and researched on children, youth and conflicts and refugee settings, post-conflict youth in political participation and peacebuilding and justice. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Governance and Peace Studies of Uganda Martyrs University and is currently establishing a new Campus of Uganda Martyrs University in a post-conflict region in northern Uganda acting as Director.
Prof. Nina Laurie has a long track record in gender and development research and teaching and has engaged extensively in interdisciplinary collaborations promoting South-North dialogue, including a number of gender and development higher education links funded by DfID/British Council. Her work interrogates knowledge production and professionalization in neoliberal development, exploring the ways in which culture and identity intersect in contemporary scenarios. Her work explores how social and advocacy movements generate and mobilise around specific understandings of femininities, masculinities and indigeneity in diverse settings. This includes the wider examination of the role of volunteers and voluntarism in development and humanitarianism. She has co-edited ‘Working the Spaces of Neoliberalism” and two books on gender and development in Spanish. She has co-authored ‘Indigenous Development’ Geographies of New Femininities and “Feminist Geographies: Explorations in Diversity and Difference”.
Rachel Proefke is Restless Development’s Senior International Research Manager. Based in Kampala, Uganda, she leads Restless Development’s youth-led research globally, providing strategic leadership of the agency’s research vision and curating its growing evidence portfolio. Currently, her team supports young researchers in 13 countries to learn and apply research skills and techniques – while also supporting partners to adopt similar participatory research techniques through technical assistance and training. She holds a Masters of Arts in International Development focussing on research methods from American University in Washington, DC.
Owen recently joined the RYVU team in a project management role. He is originally from Newcastle and returned to the UK in 2019 after a decade of living and working in Sweden, Denmark, South Africa and Australia. Owen has a background in human rights law and completed his PhD in this area at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Following this, he worked as a consultant both for the private sector and for international organisations. Away from his work, Owen is a keen football fan and also loves to travel and try new foods.