- Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse
- Lecturer in Africa and International Development
- 4.01 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0) 131 651 1632
- Research Interests
- African Great Lakes region, Health policy, Access to justice, Access to education, Migration and development, Fragile states, Media and conflict
My main research interests are in the provision of basic social services (health-care, education, justice) in so-called ‘fragile’ contexts and refugee livelihoods. In the last few years, my work has been on the community governance of primary health care centres in Burundi and South Kivu in the DR Congo. I am now augmenting this research agenda with projects on the livelihood of the Burundian refugees in Tanzania, access to justice in Burundi, the ‘indigent’ label in the Congolese health system, and social accountability in education in Eastern DR Congo.
I use a mixed-methods approach that includes interviews, survey data, and experimental evidence. I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the Oxford Department of International Development. My background is in development economics (MA, Sciences Po), history (MA, Louvain), politics (undergraduate, St Louis - Brussels), and philosophy (undergraduate, Louvain).
Prior to my PhD, I was working for the United Nations and international NGOs in the African Great Lakes region. I have continued advising international and local organisations since.
I am the inaugural director of the MSc International Development (distance learning) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am currently involved in a couple of projects on widening participation in distance learning.
I convene the core course Politics and Theories of International Development (distance learning) and the option course Displacement and Development (distance learning and on-campus) and I contribute to other on-campus courses.
I am currently supervising 7 PhD students and I am, therefore, only able to consider supervision requests that very closely match my latest research interests. Those include people's relationship to data in the context of community participation/social accountability and repeat refugee livelihoods.
If you are interested in being supervised by Jean-Benoit Falisse, please see the links below for more information: