ALC PhD programme – first graduate Barney Walsh

African Leadership Centre is pleased to announce the first graduate from its PhD programme at King’s College London. On 1st September 2016, Barney Walsh officially completed the ALC PhD Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development, under supervision of Professor Funmi Olonisakin. Barney is the first PhD graduate at King’s College London to have completed his PhD solely within the African Leadership Centre under our senior academics.

Barney’s PhD thesis is titled “Exploiter or Unwitting accomplice? China’s Engagement in the East African Community and Uganda’s Utilisation of the Regional Security Complex.” It explores the increasing presence of China in East Africa and the impact therein on the regional security environment. It focusses specifically on security challenges related to terrorism and the oil sector, and highlights how President Museveni of Uganda has displayed noticeable and unique signs of agency against China and his East African partners. 

Throughout his PhD research, Barney has worked part-time in the ALC London office as a Research Associate, and will continue his work with us now he has completed the programme. ALC now has eight PhD students on its programme at King’s, with students from Africa and across the world, and is in the process of developing Joint-PhD programmes with University of Nairobi and University of Pretoria.

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