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List of Profiles of Researchers on Congo

Below, in alphabetical order, different researchers on Congo. Click on the names to see their profiles (hyperlinks are added to most of the names – even though these do not always appear in blue).

We are looking for all sorts of profiles, like journalists or enthusiasts as well, so feel free to contact us to put up your bio here.


Alcayna-Stevens, Lys: PhD candidate, socio-cultural anthropology (Equateur Province, political ecology, post-colonial scientific knowledge, human-animal relations, cosmology).


Bangonzy-Esso-Lisongo, PhD candidate, teaching assistant, economy (traffic, threatened animals, silver parrot, DR Congo)

Battera, Frederico, professor, political and social sciences (politics, development, democracy)

Bob Banzelyno Gianz, PhD candidate, teaching assistant, law (rebels, human rights, DR Congo)

Phillippe Biyoya, PhD, professor (‘professeur ordinaire’ and head of IPRIS), political science/international relations (security, border conflicts, DR Congo)

Boolu, PhD candidate, communication studies (political discourse, DR Congo)


Klara Claessens, PhD candidate, development studies (access to land, land conflict, South Kivu)

Piet Clement, PhD, history (land ownership, institutions, colonial Congo)

Maarten Couttenier, PhD in social and cultural anthropology, historian (history of sciences,
museums, colonial culture and African history)

Jeroen Cuvelier, PhD, social and cultural anthropology (mining, central Congo)


Filip De Boeck, professor, social and cultural anthropology (urbanity, Kinshasa, secondary cities)

De Coster Jori, PhD candidate, socio-cultural anthropology (D.R.Congo, disability, globalisation, marginalization, representations), KU Leuven.

Matthias De Groof, PhD candidate, film studies (cinema in Congo, film about Congo), University of Antwerp

Isabelle de Rezende, PhD, history (visuality, history, 1950s, Tetela)

Sarah Demart, postdoctoral researcher, sociology (Congolese diaspora, migration, religion)

Clara Devlieger, PhD candidate, anthropology (borders, moral economy, disability, relationships of trust, Kinshasa)


Kozias Ekila Bosawa, PhD candidate, teaching assistant, literature (Sony Labou Tansi, violence, DR Congo and Congo Brazzaville)

Jethro Ekoka, PhD candidate, economy (psycho-analysis, marketing, beer, youth, Kinshasa)

Godefroid-Guillaume Elite, PhD, assistant professor, communication studies (journalism in DR Congo)

Nicole Eggers, PhD candidate, history (Kitawala, religion, healing, politics, Kivu), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Albert Essanga Tolongo, PhD, professor (‘professeur ordinaire’), psychology (development, street children, trauma after colonialism, Kinshasa/provinces in DR Congo)

Silvia de Faveri, witchcraft and the militarisation of Kinshasa


Daniel Fahey, postdoctoral researcher, political sciences (conflict, minerals and development in Ituri)

Karen Ferreira-Meyers, PhD, lecturer, African linguistics and literature (francophone autofiction, lusophone African writers, Anglophone African writers, feminine writing, e-learning)

Marie Fierens, PhD Candidate, Information and Communication, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Journalism in Congo and Ivory Coast, 1960 and 2010)


Kristien Geenen, PhD candidate, anthropology (Butembo, urbanity)

Sara Geenen, PhD candidate, development studies (livelihoods of artisanal miners, artisanal gold mining and trade, gold mining companies, governance of the mining sector, South-Kivu)

Kim Gjerstad, Internet media consultant with Radio Okapi, the UN based radio

Lotten Gustaffson Reinius, museum studies (missionary collections and exhibitions, Swedish participation in the Congo Free State (Lower Congo), repatriaton)


Pierre Halen, professeur, littérature générale et comparée (histoire littéraire, RDC)

Anna Hedlund, PhD candidate, anthropology (South Kivu, armed groups and violence) – read also her blog about her fieldwork here

Bruno Hellendorff, PhD candidate and research fellow, international relations (geopolitics, natural resources management and peacebuilding, foreign policy analysis, UCL-GRIP)

Thomas Hendriks, Postdoctoral fellow, anthropology (Mbandaka, logging, labor, masculinity), KUL.

Benoît Henriet, PhD candidate, History (Belgian Congo, palm oil, rainforest, labour, historical ecology, colonial law).


Denis Impeme Bolua-Mosa, PhD candidate, teaching assistant, communication studies (drums, telephone, Mongo culture, Mbandaka/Boende)

Marta Iñiguez de Heredia, PhD candidate, international relations (politics, state building, conflict)

Dieudonné Iyeli Katamu, professor, sociology (music in DR Congo)


Johanna Jansson, PhD candidate, development studies (international relations, sino-african relations, IMF)


Placide Kalala Enikou, PhD candidate, assistant UNIKIN, anthropology (traditional medicine, recipes, snake bites, Feshi/Bandundu and Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Adonis Kalenda Musangu, PhD candidate, anthropology (artisanal technology, development, RD Congo) — CERDAS researcher

Frederic Kamba Kitsasa, PhD candidate, linguistic anthropology (youth, slang, proverbs, Suku youth/Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Philippe Kambembo Lubelo, PhD candidate, anthropology (sports, ‘mikata’, tradition, baWongo/Bandundu Province) — CERDAS researcher

Kudiakubanza Katembo, PhD candidate, sociology (public transport, development, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Kasongo M. Kapanga, associate professor, French Studies (precolonial, colonial and postcolonial Congolese literature and cinema, nationhood), University of Richmond

Ferdinand Kato, PhD researcher, cultural studies (stereotypes, colonial press, Congo)

Frederic Adelbert Kinkani Mvunzi Kamosi, PhD, assistant professor, philosopy (Heidegger, intercultural communication)

Didier Kutakaru Kisambi, PhD candidate, assistant UNIKIN, anthropology (medical anthropology, AIDS, children, water pollution, Kinshasa and Feshi/Bandundu) — CERDAS candidate


Peter Lambertz, doctoral researcher, anthropology (religion in Kinshasa) — Peter was the first blogger for this website (see fieldnotes)

Bruno Lapika, PhD, professor (‘professeur ordinaire’ and head of CERDAS), anthropology (medical anthropology, Kinshasa/Lower Congo/Equatorial Province)

Miles Larmer, PhD, lecturer, history, (early postcolonial politics in central and southern Congo)

Reuben Loffman, doctoral researcher, history (religion in Katanga)

Xavier Luffin, assistant professor, linguistics (Swahili and Arabic documents, Arabic sources about Congo)


Nicaise Mangoma Bulata, PhD candidate, teaching assistant, communication studies (proverbs, conflict resolution, baMbala culture, Kikwit)

Katie McQuaid, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK (Narratives, violence, displacement, human rights, humanitarianism, gender, activism)

Frederic Kamba Kitsasa, PhD candidate, linguistic anthropology (youth, slang, proverbs, Suku youth/Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Kudiakubanza Katembo, PhD candidate, sociology (public transport, development, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Rigobert Mbima Kutweca, PhD candidate, sociology (children, urbanity, poverty, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Timothy Makori, PhD candidate, anthropology (copper mining, generational change, industrialization, Katanga)

Albert Malukisa, PhD candidate, teaching assistant, economy (development, households, international relations, Kinshasa/DR Congo)

Kasay Mankola, PhD candidate, literature/drama (university theatre, dramatic arts, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Emma Matanda Kapita, PhD candidate, anthropology (traditional medecine, disability, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Mbangu Anicet Muyingi: PhD Social Sciences (Development studies, Conflict and Conflict resolution in the DR-Congo, History of the DRC and its political issues, political philosophy, Interpretation of Theories, Research Methodology, policies debate in Africa, Ethical issues in the DRC)

Michael Meeuwis, PhD, professor, linguistics (DR Congo, Lingala, grammar & socio-linguistics, language and identity)

Charlotte Mertens, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne (discursive narratives on gender and violence in DR Congo, humanitarian policy, history of colonization)

Richard Milburn, PhD candidate, King’s College London, War Studies (environmental work, security, conflict, conservation, eastern DRC)

Viviane Minikongo Mundele, PhD, theology (leadership, religion, peace, DR Congo)

Augustin M’Nongo Kima Buk’Yal, PhD candidate, arts (literature and African cultures, anthroponymy, polygamy, Yaka culture)

Pedro Monaville, doctoral researcher, history (students movements in colonial and postcolonial Congo/Zaire)

doctorant en Lettres et civilsations africaines, particulièrement en anthroponymie typique au milieu polygame yaka/RDC

Stylianos Moshonas, PhD candidate, Politics (development aid, state reforms, administration, DR Congo)

Chrisante M’Thatu, PhD candidate, bio-ethics — CERDAS researcher

Delphin Mubanga Labeng, PhD candidate, anthropology (medical anthropology, AIDS, pygmies, Inongo) — CERDAS researcher

J. Rufin Mula Ebolabi Bokasi, PhD candidate, political science (youth, political participation, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Namupot Mas Mumbal Ikie, professor ISP-Kikwit, drama (postcolonial theatre, Congolese drama)

Munguku Kasongo, assistant UNIKIN, PhD candidate, anthropology/development (gender, market, Kinshasa)

Bienvenu Mukoso Nzo, PhD candidate, anthropology (technology, indigeneous knowledge, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Yves Mupende Mbirkuit, PhD candidate, political science (decentralisation, civil society, RD Congo) — CERDAS researcher

Joseph Musiki Kupenza, PhD candidate, anthropology (reproduction, health, DR Congo) — CERDAS researcher

Marie-Jeanne Musitu Ngiengo, PhD candidate, sociology (AIDS, gender, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Willy Muyolo Kadi, PhD candidate, anthropology (polygamy, gender, violence, DR Congo) — CERDAS researcher


Meya Ndal-Bawel, PhD candidate, anthropology (traditional medicine, bio-medicine, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Julie Ndaya, PhD, lecturer, anthropology (religion, gender, Kinshasa)

Guy Nagbu-Kulukpa, PhD candidate, educational sciences (youth, autonomy, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

David Newbury, PhD, professor, history (precolonial history, social history, Kivu)

Adelard Nkuanwaka Inzana, PhD, professor (‘professeur ordinaire’), sociology (urban demography, Kinshasa)

Floribert Ntungila-Nkama, PhD, lecturer, economics (development, social change, postcolonial cities, DRCongo)

Bertin Nzambi Kuiza, PhD candidate, sociology (environment, forest people, Bikoro/Equatorial Province) — CERDAS researcher

Solange Nzambu Konda, PhD candidate, law (conflict between house owners and renters, Kinshasa)

Florence Nzeba Lubala, PhD candidate, anthropology (gender, dosmestic relations, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher


Katrien Pype, PhD, social and cultural anthropology (media in Kinshasa)

Pathou Pempeti, PhD candidate, sociology (ageing, public services, RD Congo) — CERDAS researcher


Ben Radley, Great Lakes Regional Director for Heartland Alliance, artisanal mining (mining cooperatives, governance of the mining sector and livelihoods of artisanal miners in South Kivu).

Jeremy Rich, associate professor, social sciences (Protestant churches; missionaries; Eglise du Christ au Zaire; Itofo Bokeleale; John Wesley Shungu), Marywood University

Birgit Ricquier, PhD candidate, linguistics (Bantu, Kongo, historical linguistics, culinary history, precolonial history)

Fred Robarts, UN expert DR Congo

Benjamin Rubbers, PhD, lecturer, anthropology (urban-rural, economic anthropology, elites, Gecamines, Katanga)


Raymond Achu Samong, PhD candidate, International Environment and Development Studies (policy, food security, local governance, Equatorial Province)

Peer Schouten, PhD Candidate, School of Global Studies (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), lecturer, National University of Rwanda, and editor-in-chief, Theory Talks (private security companies, extractive industries, artisanal mining, international relations)

Jonathan Shaw, PhD candidate, history (late colonial and postcolonial eastern Congo, witchcraft and political mobilization, spirituality and sexual violence, and language)

Randi Solhjell, PhD candidate, Political Science, Government Department, London School of Economics (LSE), and research fellow at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) (authorities and power networks in areas of so-called weak states, Bukavu)

Zoe Strother, PhD, Professor, art history (masks, masquerades, dances of masks, Pende, Pende rebellion, Congolese photography, humor in art, representations of Europeans, Loango tusks)


Kristof Titeca, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, development studies (statehood, informal trade, public services, conflict)

Daniel Tödt, PhD candidate, research fellow, history, (African elite in Belgian Congo, associations, media, urban culture)

Paulin Toiseya Etiwahola, PhD candidate, communication studies (environment, conflict, tourism, RD Congo)

Nazaire Tsunda Mbulu, PhD candidate, anthropology (indigeneous knowledge, DR Congo) — CERDAS researcher

Ruphire Tumba Mukiana, PhD candidate, sociology (citizenship, gender, political participation, N’sele/Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher

Meredeth Turshen, PhD, public health, policy (violence, women, mining areas, eastern DRC)

Roger Twekomukawa, PhD candidate, law (street children, violence, Kinshasa) — CERDAS researcher


Bandeya Yamba, PhD, African history (violence, ethnic cleansing, genocide, Great Lakes region)


Sarah Van Beurden, PhD, assistant professor, history and African Studies (cultural history, material culture, colonial and postcolonial Congo/Zaire)

Leon Verbeek, independent researcher

Judith Verweijen, PhD candidate, sociology, (military, militarization, armed groups and militia, Kivu)


Inge Wagemakers, doctoral researcher, sociology/development studies (local governance, Kinshasa)

Duanyong (Alexander) Wang, professor, economy (Chinese investment in Africa, and in Katanga, diplomatic protection to Chinese overseas citizens)


Joseph Yombe Lengo, PhD candidate, anthropology/sociology (health, ‘distribution of illnesses’, DR Congo) — CERDAS researcher


Cristiana Panella, PhD, anthropology, Mali, border studies, circulation of art, illegality


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