Prof. Patricia Daley

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2018-2019 Honorary Patron of the Oxford Africa Society

The 2018-2019 Executive Committee has elected to establish the seat of honorary patron. This is a year-long engagement for a member of Oxford's academic staff to work closely with the Committee on an administrative priority. Having identified issues pertaining to gender equity and welfare, women's empowerment and pan-africanism as fundamental to our objectives, the 2018-2019 committee is proud to announce our election for the first honorary patron of our society; Prof. Patricia Daley.

"I feel humbled, excited, and somewhat privileged to be given this honour by the African Society. I hope my journey can inspire others to follow in my footsteps and to exceed anything that I have achieved". - Prof. Daley

The Daley Breakfasts

In honor of this seat and Dr Daley's contributions through academia and activism including her appointment as the first African-Caribbean scholar to hold a permanent professorship at the University of Oxford, the Committee will be launching a series of termly breakfasts intended to create a space for advancing the agenda on women's empowerment, gender equity and pan-africanism. These free breakfasts will be open to members of the Africa Society, academic and support staff at the University of Oxford, registered students of the University and affiliated supporters. In order to encourage cross-cutting conversation and inter-generational ideas-sharing, participation for the inaugural breakfast series will be through invitation/nomination only.

To learn more about this initiative please e-mail: secretary@oxforduniversityafricasociety.com

A portrait of Prof. Daley by Binney Matthews hangs in the Rhodes House at the University of Oxford.

Prof. Daley's Academic Profile

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 VoxAfrica.com. 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 www.pambazuka.org.

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.

A full list of Prof. Daley's publications is available here. To learn more about the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, click here.