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New PhD student: David Ross Olanya

David Ross Olanya is enroled from March 1, 2019 to Februar 29, 2020.

Last modified: 14.02.2019

Project title:

Capitalizing Land, Legitimizing Accumulation: Dynamics Discourse Coalitions in Resource Extractivism in Northern Uganda


The project aims to contribute to the study of dynamic discourse coalition (Metze and Dodge 2016) building on Hajer’s notion of discourse coalition (Hajer 1995). It is claimed that the role of discourse in shaping local agency in resource extractive fields, in casu in the region of Northern Uganda, has received limited attention. The region of Northern Uganda is described as characterized by discursive struggle and field dynamics concerning landownership, which is embedded in a broader field of wildlife, agriculture, water and, recently, the development in oil and gas sector development. This presents a serious challenge to a sustainability agenda.


Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Anne Grethe Julius Pedersen

Secondary supervisor: Professor Inger Lassen

David Ross Olanya

Ross Olanya received a Bachelor's degree from Makerere University in 2005. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt (2007). He later earned Postgra­duate Certificates from Trade Policy Centre in Africa (Arusha, 2009), International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Hague, Netherlands (2014). Some of his notable publications are: Is Agriculture a Generational Problem? (NAI, 2018); Land-Water-Security Nexus (BRILL, 2017); Dams, Water and Accountability (Routledge, 2016); Governance, Aid and Institutional Traps (UCT, 2016); Will Uganda Succumb to the Resource Curse? (Elsevier, 2015); Asian Capitalism, the New Enclosures in Uganda (Routledge, 2014); and African Land Grabs (NAI, 2012).  His previous research networks include: A World Social Science Fellow (France), Nordic African Fellow (Sweden), Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fellow (London).