Professor of the Human Geography of Africa

Patricia Daley

Patricia Daley, our Professor of the Human Geography of Africa, and Vice Principal, Equality & Diversity Fellow at Jesus College, has been recognised in the influential Black Powerlist 2021, published by Powerlist Magazine on 17 November.

Commenting on her inclusion, Patricia said, "A pleasant surprise; nevertheless, one that is very appreciated, since inclusion in the Black Powerlist gives recognition to my commitment to research and teaching in geography and to my equality work within the college and university."

The annual Powerlist, which is created in partnership with JP Morgan, focused this year on honouring people who have used their position to positive effect at a time of increased debate about racial injustice, its publisher said. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was named the most influential black person in Britain, followed by Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director for London at Public Health England, the historian David Olusoga and head of the Royal College of Nursing, Donna Kinnair.

In 1991, Patricia became the first black academic to be appointed to a University post in Oxford. She's co-founded the University's Black and Minority Ethnic staff network and sits on the University's Academic Conduct Panel.

Her research interests span forced migration, identity politics and citizenship; feminist geo-politics; racial hierarchies and violence; and politics of social and ecological justice. The geographical loci of her research are East and Central Africa, and the UK.

Patricia teaches on 'borders, migration and citizenship' for the Preliminary Examination and gives the Final Honour School core lectures on difference for the Space, Place and Society paper; on institutional subjects for the Geographical Thought paper; and on indigenous ontologies and community conservation for the Environmental Geography paper. Since joining Oxford, she has supervised 30 doctoral students, the majority of whom have gone on to academic careers.

She a co-editor of the journal Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space; the geography section editor of Routledge Encyclopaedia of African Studies; a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Gender, Place and Culture; a member of the interdisciplinary advisory board of the International Relations journal, St Antony's International Review; and a peer reviewer for a number of Geography and African Studies journals She has also peer reviewed grants for the ESRC/DfID, NORFACE, SSRC, Leverhulme and British Academy.

She is also the chair of the board of Fahamu Trust, a pan-African social justice network that publishes the online newsletter Pambazuka News.

Eight individuals were named under the Powerlist's 2021 Public, Third Sector and Education category, including (not ranked):

  • Professor Patricia Daley - Vice Principal at Jesus College Oxford
  • Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon - MBE CEO and Co-Founder, STEMettes
  • Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE - Chair, Shakespeare's Globe; Chancellor, Coventry University; Non-Executive Director, Co-op Group
  • Marvin Rees - Mayor of Bristol
  • Dr Nira Chamberlain - President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  • Professor Funmi Olonisakin - Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King's College London; Founding Director of African Leadership Centre
  • Lord Simon Woolley - Co-founder/Director, Operation Black Vote
  • Sonita Alleyne OBE - Master, Jesus College, Cambridge

Read more about Patricia's career.