School of Social Sciences

Biniam Misgun

Biniam Misgun

Biniam Misgun

Lecturer

DisciplineDevelopment StudiesEconomic History

Email misgunb@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number 031-260-2808

CampusHoward College Campus

Office Address Memorial Tower Building, 2nd Floor, Room 242

Last Updated 15 hours ago

Degrees Held

  • 2019 PhD, Sociology, University of KwaZulu-Natal. PhD Title: Identities, Identifications and Strategies of Integration of African Migrants in South Africa: A Case Study of Ethiopian, Rwandan, and Senegalese Migrants [Ethnographic work
  • 2006 Masters of Social Science, Sociology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) Dissertation Title: Socio-economic Participation of Somali Migrants in the Informal Economy of Durban [Ethnographic Work] 
  • 2002 Honours of Social Science, Sociology, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • 2000 Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea

Research Interests

  • I am currently working towards the completion of my PhD, supervised by a SANPAD project team of supervisors affiliated to the University of Cape Town, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Amsterdam. Identities, Identifications and Strategies of Integration of African Migrants in South Africa: A Case Study of Ethiopian, Rwandan, and Senegalese Migrants.
  • My research interest includes the urban environment, city life and the Informal economy, Migration and Development, state institutions in Africa.
  • Political ecology
  • State-building and nation-building
  • State institutions and development in Africa
  • Migration and development
  • The urban, city life and the informal economy
  • Political ecology
  • State-building and nation-building
  • State institutions and development in Africa

Management Roles

  • 2020-Current Programme Coordinator -manage, coordinate, and oversee academic matters in the programme
  • 2019-Curren Postgraduate Programme Coordinator – in charge of the postgraduate matters, review applications, manage the selections and admissions, and engage with supervisors on progress
  • 2022-Current Assistant Chair for Cluster Higher Degrees – coordinate proposal reviews and proposal presentations.
  • 2020-Current Member of the School Research and Higher Degrees Committee, whose task include reviewing research proposals for approval, coordinating and assessing progress of postgraduate research within the School
  • Programme Coordinator -manage, coordinate, and oversee academic matters in the programme
  • Postgraduate Programme Coordinator – in charge of the postgraduate matters, review applications, manage the selections and admissions, and engage with supervisors on progress
  • Assistant Chair for Cluster Higher Degrees – coordinate proposal reviews and proposal presentations.
  • Member of the School Research and Higher Degrees Committee, whose task include reviewing research proposals for approval, coordinating and assessing progress of postgraduate research within the School

Selected

Publications

Teaching Courses

  • Political Economy of Food
  • Political Ecology
  • Key themes in Development Today -Theories of Development
  • Environmental History/Policy
  • African Economic History
  • Comparative Development
  • Rural Studies, Gender and Development 

Postgraduate Student

Supervision