The Chiefs of ABORNE


Professor Paul Nugent

Paul Nugent is Professor of Comparative African History and African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the founder and Chairman of the African Borderlands Research Network.



Wolfgang Zeller is a Senior Research Fellow on the AFRIGOS project at the University of Edinburgh. He is a founding member and the coordinator of the African Borderlands Research Network.




Professor Anthony Asiwaju

From lecturer to professor history University Lagos, Nigeria, since 1969, head department history, 1979—1982, dean faculty of arts, 1983—1985, director Center for African Regional Integration and Border Studies, since 2001. Commissioner international boundaries National Boundary Commission, Lagos, 1988—1994.


Professor David Coplan

David B. Coplan is Professor and Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. 


Professor Alice Bellagamba

Alice Bellagamba is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropologist at the University of Milan-Bicocca, and a specialist in African Studies. 


Professor Gregor Dobler

Professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.


Professor Pierre Englebert

H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations and Professor of Politics at Pomona College, CA.

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Professor Jan-Bart Gewald

Jan-Bart Gewald is a historian specialized in the social history of Africa. He is Professor of African History and Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden.

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Dr. Thomas HÜsken

Thomas Hüsken is currently holding a position as senior research fellow at the department for ethnology of the university of Bayreuth. His main fields of research are political anthropology with a particular focus on non-state forms of power and the anthropology of development.


Professor Georg Klute

Georg Klute is Professor of Anthropology of Africa at the university of Bayreuth.


Professor William Miles

William Miles is Professor of Politcal Science at Northeastern University.


Dr. Wafula Okumu

Wafula Okumu currently works at the, The Borders Institute (TBI). Wafula does research in Conflict Processes, International Relations and Foreign Policy. Their current project is 'Boundary and territorial disputes settlement.'


Dr. Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues

Cristina Rodrigues is Senior researcher at Nordic Africa Institute since October 2015.




Dr. Olivier Walther

Olivier Walther is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Florida and the Africa Editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.


Professor Werner Zips

Werner Zips is Deputy Director of Studies and Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Wein.


Dr. Isabella Soi

Isabella Soi is a Lecturer of Social and Political Science at the University of Cagliari. 


Dr. Hugh Lamarque

Hugh Lamarque is a research fellow in the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh.