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Professor Patricia Daley

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Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor in Geography



Professor Patricia Daley is Professor of the Human Geography of Africa at the University of Oxford and an Official Fellow and Geography Tutor.

Academic Background

BSc, MA, PGCE, DPhil

Professor Daley’s 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 VoxAfrica.com.

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 PambazukaNews.org.

Professor Daley sits on the editorial board of the journal Gender Place and Culture and is a co-editor of the journal Africa World Review. She is also a peer reviewer for a range of geography and area studies journals, including Political GeographyThird World QuarterlyJournal of Eastern African StudiesSingapore Journal of Tropical GeographyJournal of Modern African Studies, and Journal of Refugee Studies. She has also peer-reviewed grants for the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust.

Undergraduate Teaching

Professor 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.

Professor Daley was a winner of the University of Oxford Teaching Award 2007-2008.

Current Research

Professor 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.

Selected Publications


  1. Daley, P. (2008) Gender and Genocide in Burundi: The Search for Spaces of Peace in the Great Lakes Region. Oxford: James Currey, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.

Papers and Book Chapters

  1. Daley, P. (2016) ‘Burundi Briefing: The limits of third termism in Burundi’, Review of African Political Economy, co-authored with Rowan Popplewell.
  2. Daley, P. (2015) ‘Entangled Spatialities: Immigrants and Worker Citizens in the United Kingdom’, In Bridget Anderson and Vanessa Hughes (editors) Citizenship and its Others. Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Daley, P. (2015) ‘Researching sexual violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: Methodologies, ethics, and the production of knowledge in an African warscape’, in Anne Coles, Leslie Gray & Janet Momsen (eds.) A Handbook of Gender and Development. Routledge.
  4. Daley, P. (2014) Unearthing the local: Hegemony and peace discourses in Central Africa. In Geographies of Peace, edited by Nick Megoran, Phillippa Williams and Fiona McConnell, IB Tauris, London.
  5. Daley P. (2013) Political violence in post-conflict Societies in Africa: The limits of peace-building and stabilization in Burundi. Jindal Journal of International Affairs, 2(2): 88-110.
  6. Daley P. (2013) The Burundi peace negotiations: An African experience of peace-making in the era of neo-liberalism’, In Rita Abrahamsen (ed.) Conflict and Security in Africa, Woodbridge: James Currey, 108-126.
  7. Daley P. (2013) Rescuing African bodies: Celebrities, humanitarianism and neo-liberal consumerism. Review of African Political Economy, 40(137): 375-393.
  8. Daley P. (2013) Burundi. In African Studies, Oxford Bibliographies Onlinewww.oxfordbibliographies.com
  9. Daley P. (2013) Refugees, IDPs and citizenship rights: The perils of humanitarianism in the African Great Lakes region. Third World Quarterly, 34(5): 893-912.
  10. Daley, P. (2011) ‘My time in Hackney: Implications for youth’, Pambazuka News.org, 2011-08-16, Issue 545, pambazuka.org/en/category/features/75743.
  11. Daley P. (2011) ‘Protect our children:  Stopping the sexual abuse of children’, Pambazuka News.org, 2011-04-20, Issue 526, pambazuka.org/en/category/features/72745.
  12. Daley P. (2011) ‘Egypt: Liberal democracy or an African democracy?, Pambazuka News.org, 2011-02-09, Issue 516, pambazuka.org/en/category/features/70771.
  13. Daley P. (2009), ‘African reconstruction: A new age’, Keynote address, African Development Forum Seminar: Afronomics: A New Model of Economics and Development for Africa, www.africandevelopmentforum.org/…/Keynote-address-by-Patricia-Daley
  14. 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, 67-184.
  15. Daley, P. (2007) The Burundi peace negotiations: An African experience in peace makingReview of African Political Economy, 112: 333-352.
  16. Daley, P. (2006) Ethnicity and political violence in Africa: The challenge to the Burundi statePolitical Geography, 25(6): 657-679.
  17. Daley, P. (2006) Challenges to Peace: Conflict resolution in the Great Lakes Region of AfricaThird World Quarterly, 27(2): 303-319.
  18. Daley, P. (2005) From Livingstone to Geldof: Africa not yet saved. Pambazuka News, 7 July.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also School of Geography website.