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Deo Namwira

University of Birmingham
PhD Candidate
Birmingham UK
Deo Namwira is currently a PhD candidate in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham working under the supervision of Professor Fiona Nunan and Dr Danielle Beswick on fisheries livelihoods in the context of conflict. His research is concerned with how small-scale fisherfolk cope with and adapt to change to sustain their livelihoods in situations of conflict-induced adverse changes using Lake Tanganyika as a case study with fieldwork undertaken in Western Tanzania and Eastern Congo. His work examines the connections between the social and ecological systems of a transboundary lake in a study approach that transcends disciplinary boundaries combining insights from social and natural sciences and drawing on literature on livelihoods, small-scale fisheries, violence, conflict, institutions and resilience. In addition, as a Teaching Associate, Deo had delivered seminar sessions of the Introduction to Economics, International Economy and Critical Approaches to Development modules at the University of Birmingham from 2016 to present.

Prior to the University of Birmingham, Deo was the International Grants Manager, for Mennonite Central Committee Canada and the United States for 10 years. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Deo has over 20 years of experience in International Development, with expertise in program design and management as well as capacity building as instruments of poverty reduction and sustainable development. He has worked on a range of humanitarian, conflict resolution and development projects with several NGOs, local and international, both in Africa and in Canada. The international nature of his work has allowed him to visit professionally more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America, acquiring training, experience and exposure, as well as attending conferences on several key International Development issues. In his spare time, Deo enjoys instructing karate for health, fitness and peace-making. He holds a fourth degree black belt.