Academic Profile

Dr Patricia Daley is Professor of the Human Geography of Africa. She is also an Helen Morag Fellow and Geography Tutor at Jesus College, Oxford. She served as the University Assessor for 2015 - 2016. Her previous academic appointments were at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Loughborough University and Pembroke College, Oxford. She has taught a range of human geography topics, as well as specialist courses on African societies and environments. At Jesus College she held the administrative offices of Tutor for Admissions (1999-2002) and Tutor for Women (1998-2004). She has been on various College committees, including the Academic Committee, Disciplinary Panel, and on the Accommodation, Catering and Conference Committee.

As a consequence of her research on violence and displacement in Central Africa, she was invited to give a 30th Anniversary address at the Center for Refugees Studies, York University, Toronto, in November 2013. She was also invited as an academic expert to the High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, UNHCR, Geneva, in December 2008. Other invitations included presenting a paper at the High Level Roundtable/Colloquium on Democracy, Governance and the Pan-African Idea: Whither Africa?, at UNECA, Addis Ababa in May 2012, and as a participant at the conference on Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance in the 21st Century organized by UNECA/African Union, Addis Ababa in May 2013.

With respect to her interests in African political ecology, she was awarded an ESRC/NERC interdisciplinary seminar grant on African Environments (2005-2007). She chaired the African Environments Programme for the academic year 2006-7. Her media work includes acting as a consultant for an internationally-screened documentary film on the genocide in Rwanda (Rwanda: the Forgotten Tribe), and participated in panel discussions on topics, such as climate change and Africa, and refugees on the Shoot the Messenger programme at She has commented on the 2015 political violence on Burundi on Al Jazeera and the BBC World Service.

Her current voluntary work includes membership of the Council of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and of the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information of the Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration. She is also a committee member and the equalities officer for the Oxford Branch of the University College Union. She chairs Fahamu Trust Ltd, a pan-African social justice movement building organization which publishes

Dr Daley is a peer reviewer for a range of geography and area studies journals, including Political Geography, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Journal of Modern African Studies, and Journal of Refugee Studies. She has also peer-reviewed grants for the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust.

Dr Daley was awarded the Outstanding Supervisor Award by the Oxford University Student Union in 2015.

Current Research

Dr Daley's principal research interests are threefold: firstly, on contemporary forced migration and its relationship with identity politics, especially ethnicity, gender and citizenship; secondly, how feminist geopolitics, critical race theory, and African feminist thought can together illuminate the ways in which race, gender, militarism, and violence intersect across transnational space and identify the potentialities for peaceful co-existence arising from alternative non-western centric ontologies; and thirdly, the relationship between conservation, resource extraction, and rural livelihoods within a political ecology framework. The geographical loci of research are East and Central Africa, and the UK.

Research Projects

  • Citizenship and Belonging in Tanzania
    The study examines how new networked relationships between global capitalism, international humanitarian assistance, and local political elites affect those who have been forcedly displaced and the subsequent effects on place-based practices of citizenship.
  • Body Politics: Racial Hierarchies and Violence in Africa and the African Diaspora
    The project addresses the embodied experiences of gender and race in contemporary Africa and the African diaspora that have arisen out of pre-existing inequalities that have been aggravated by neo-liberal capitalism.


Undergraduate teaching

Dr Daley teaches the core 'international Migration' module for the Preliminary Examinations; the Final Honour School core lectures on violence and security for the Space, Place and Society paper and on global environmental narratives and African rural communities for the Environmental Geography paper. She also teaches the option course 'African Societies', and delivers human geography tutorials for the core courses for Jesus College students.

Dr Daley was a winner of the University of Oxford Teaching award 2007-2008.

Postgraduate teaching

Dr Daley teaches 'African Environments' elective (available to all Masters' students in the International Graduate School).

Current Graduate Research Students

Negar Elodie Behzadi

Gendered coal struggles at the margins - the work of men, women and children in an informal/artisanal mine in post-Soviet Tajikistan

Hanno Brankamp

Policing the camp: Refugees and the geographies of humanitarian order in Kenya

Nina Doering

Local participation in Greenland's emerging minerals industry

Alexander Eduful

Oil, urbanism and the emergence of a 'cross-class public space' in Ghana: a case for sustainable development?

Recent Graduate Research Students (since 2006)

Rowan Popplewell
Completed DPhil in 2017

Creating spaces for peace? Civil society, political space and peacebuilding in post-war Burundi

Adam Elliott-Cooper
Completed DPhil in 2016

The Struggle that has No Name: Policing, space and community resistance in neoliberal Britain

Kerrie Thornhill
Completed DPhil in 2016

Reconstructed meanings of gender violence in postwar Liberia

Mary Kanui
Completed DPhil in 2015

Variety for security: a case study of agricultural, nutrient and dietary diversity among smallholder farmers in Western Kenya

Amber Murrey
Completed DPhil in 2015

Lifescapes of a pipedream: a decolonial mixed-tape of structural violence and resistance in two towns along the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline

Grace Mwaura
Completed DPhil in 2015

Educated youth in Kenya: Negotiating waithood by greening livelihoods

Yonique Campbell
Completed DPhil in 2014

Citizenship, security and the politics of reform in Jamaica

Eveliina Lyytinen
Completed DPhil in 2014

Spaces of trust and mistrust: Congolese refugees, institutions and protection in Kampala, Uganda

Eelke Kraak
Completed DPhil in 2013

Dams of Damocles: between rivers, states and geopolitics

Leander Kandilige
Completed DPhil in 2012

Transnationalism and the Ghanaian diaspora in the UK: Regional inequalities and the developmental effects of remittances at the sub-national level

Kamakshi Mubarak
Completed DPhil in 2011

Everyday networks, politics and inequalities in post-tsunami recovery: fisher livelihoods in south Sri Lanka

Mike Riddell
Completed DPhil in 2010

Hunting, livelihoods and conservation in northern republic of Congo

Daniel McGahey
Completed DPhil in 2009

Impact of veterinary fences on environment and society in northern Botswana.

Emmanuel Nuesiri
Completed DPhil in 2009

Cameroon: case study of the Bimbia-Bonadikombo community forest

Hassan Sachedina
Completed DPhil in 2009

Conservation and livelihood transformation: drivers of land use change and pastoral livelihoods in Simanjiro District, Tanzania.

Andrea Purdekova
Completed in 2011
Political projects of unity in divided communities: discourse and performance of Ubumwe in post-genocide Rwanda (Registered in Development Studies)
Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
Completed in 2011
Displacing AIDS: therapeutic transitions in Northern Uganda (Registered in Department for International Development)

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Daley, P. (2015) 44.Researching sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: methodologies, ethics and the production of knowledge in an African warscape. Chapter 44 in, Coles, A., Gray, L. and Momsen, J. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development. Routledge.
  • Daley, P. (2014) Unearthing the local: hegemony and peace discourses in Central Africa. In, McConnell, F., Megoran, N. and Williams, P. (eds.) The Geographies of Peace. I.B. Tauris, London. pp. 66-86. ISBN: 9781780761435.
  • Daley, P. (2013) Burundi. In, African Studies, Oxford Bibliographies Online. .
  • Daley, P. (2013) The Burundi peace negotiations: An African experience of peace-making in the era of neo-liberalism. In, Abrahamsen, R. (ed.) Conflict and Security in Africa. James Currey, Woodbridge. pp. 108-126. ISBN: 9781847010780.
  • Daley, P. (2009) Rwanda and Burundi since 1994: an end to the discriminatory state. In, Mustapha, A.R. and Whitfield, L. (eds.) Turning Points in African Democracy. James Currey, Woodbridge, Suffolk. pp. 167-184. ISBN: 9781847013170.
  • Daley, P. (2001) Population displacement and the humanitarian aid regime: the experience of refugees in East Africa. In, de Bruijn, M., Van Dijk, R. and D. Foeken (eds.) Mobile Africa: Changing Patterns of movement in Africa and beyond. Brill, Leiden.

Other Publications

Conference Papers

Papers presented at Seminars and Conferences
  • 'Problematizing the International discourse on sexual violence and displacement in Central Africa'. Keynote address, Center for Refugees Studies, York University, Toronto. November 2013.
  • 'Researching Sexual Violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: Methodologies, Ethics, and the Production of Knowledge in Central Africa'. Paper presented at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.November 2013.
  • 'Researching Sexual Violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: Methodologies, Ethics, and the Production of Knowledge in Central Africa'. Paper given at the Annual meeting of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers. August 2013.
  • 'Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance in the 21st Century'. Invited participant at conference on UNECA/African Union, Addis Ababa. May 2013.
  • 'Problematizing the International discourse on sexual violence in Africa', paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles. April 2013.
  • 'Pan-Africanism and the Diaspora', High Level Roundtable/Colloquium on the theme: Democracy, Governance and the Pan-African Idea: Whither Africa?' Invited speaker, UNECA, Addis Ababa. May 2012.
  • 'Rescuing Africans: Celebrity and humanitarianism', paper given at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, February 2012.
  • 'African Sexualities'. Panel organizer & discussant: African Studies Association USA, Washington DC, November 2011.
  • 'Militarism, Gender and Peace in Central Africa', Geography Department, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Munich, Germany. Invited Seminar Presentation. July 2011.
  • 'Pan-Africanism and Resistance: Beyond the Humanitarian Bondage', African Studies Association USA, San Francisco. November 2010.
  • 'The Challenges to Peace-Building in Post-Conflict Africa: Perspectives from Burundi', paper presented to Oxford Central Africa Forum, University of Oxford. Oxford 2010.
  • 'The challenges to peace in Burundi'. Invited seminar presentation: at SIDA in Stockholm, organized by the Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, Sweden. May 2010.
  • 'Whither the Refugee?: The State, Humanitarianism, and Refugees in Central Africa', Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Seminar Presentation. March 2010.
  • 'Hierarchies of Power, Race and Gender: Towards an understanding of genocidal violence in Africa'. Invited seminar presentation, Development Studies Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. January 2010.
  • 'African Reconstruction in a New Age'. Afronomics Summit: New Models of Economics and Development in Africa, London. Invited Keynote Speaker, African Development Forum, Mary Sumner House, London. September 2009.
  • 'Rethinking Peace Building in Africa', Invited panel discussant at workshop, Cambridge University. March 2009.
  • 'Race, Space and Scale: Rethinking Security and Violence in Burundi', paper presented at Conference on Violence and the Body, University of Oxford, May 2007.
  • 'The Hierarchical Geographies of Peace and Security: Neo-liberal Post-War Reconstruction in Burundi', Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 21 April 2007, San Francisco.
  • 'Power, Space and Biopolitics: An Anatomy of Violence in Burundi', African studies seminar, University of Oxford, 22 January 2007.
  • 'Beyond the liberal Peace: Conflict Resolution in Burundi', Seminar paper presented at School of International Relations, St. Andrews University, October 2006.
  • 'Great Lakes: Peacekeeping and Peace-Building Challenges', seminar paper presented at workshop on African Security & Peacekeeping in Complex Political Emergencies, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 24-28 October 2005.
  • 'Militarism, Masculinity and Violence in Central Africa: Towards an Understanding of Conflict in Burundi', paper presented at St Antony's College, 29 June 2005.
  • 'What are the prospects for peace and an end to genocidal violence in Burundi', paper presented at North-East Africa seminar, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, June 2005.
  • 'Great Lakes: Challenges to Peacekeeping and Peace-Building', seminar paper presented at Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 26 October 2004.
  • 'Negotiating ethnicity in post-conflict Burundi', paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, March 2004, Philadelphia.
  • 'Ethnic Challenge to the African State, the Case of Burundi', Invited keynote speaker to the CODESRIA Governance Institute, Dakar, Senegal, August 2002.
  • 'Spatialities of Forced Migration: geography's contribution', paper presented at the departmental seminar series, Syracuse University, New York State, March 2001.
  • 'Population, Displacement and the Humanitarian Aid regime: The Experience of Refugees in East Africa', at conference on Moving People: Trends in Population Mobility in Africa, African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, June 2000.
  • Displacement and Marginality: African Refugees in the 21st Century, Sam Nolutshungu Memorial Lecture, Human Sciences Resources Council, Democracy and Governance, Pretoria, South Africa, April 2000.