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LAURA MANN

LAURA MANN

Laura Mann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development and a research affiliate of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. She is a sociologist whose research focusses on the political economy of development, knowledge and information and communication technologies in Africa. Before joining LSE, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. In addition to A Tale of Two Green Valleys, Laura is working on a book manuscript analysing the economic ideology of Sudan’s Islamist movement and its impact on higher education policy. She has two smaller side-projects: one in collaboration with Kate Meagher, Gianluca Iazzolino and Padraig Carmody exploring the impact of Uber on African informal transport livelihoods and another in partnership with Syerramia Willoughby and Tin El-Kadi critically exploring North-South knowledge production in and about Africa. This second-side project will result in a podcast aimed at early career researchers wishing to publish their work in leading journals.

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MUSDALAFA LYAGA

MUSDALAFA LYAGA

Musdalafa Lyaga is an International award winning audio visual agriculture content producer. Currently, he works as a radio producer at Biovision Africa Trust producing Farmer radio programs aired at the national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation services (KBC). Musdalafa also has a passion for video production and has produced both full length and short film features for Centre for Rights Education and awareness (CREAW), Thomson Reuters Foundation, International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), International Fertiliser Development Centre, CABI, SNV Kenya, Access Agriculture, among others. You can view his content on

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