Dr Ebrima Ceesay

Dr Ebrima Ceesay

International Development Department
Research Fellow in International Development

Contact details

Address
IDD - The School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Ceesay is a political scientist with more 15 years of experience and have mainly specialised in the fields of democracy and migration studies.  His research interests are in the areas of governance, democracy, migration and development.   He is particularly interested in democracy and freedom, electoral reforms, popular participation and political institutions, people’s perspectives on democratization, and trends towards authoritarianism in West Africa.  He has written on a variety of topics, particularly on issues surrounding the military, democratization, and migration and development in Africa.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Political Science, University of Birmingham 2004
  • M.Phil in African Studies University of Birmingham, 2001

Biography

Dr Ebrima Ceesay is a Gambian-born British citizen, researcher, and multidisciplinary practitioner with a broad and diverse background in social research, policy analysis and education, and issues that relate to equality, diversity employment, skills, and gender. He was a prominent Journalist who worked as the Editor of the Daily Observer, one of the most important newspapers operating in The Gambia during the period of military rule: 1994 - 1996. He also served as the BBC correspondent in The Gambia, from 1994 to 1996. However, following several threats on his life, he was forced to move to the United Kingdom in late 1996, which he now calls a ‘second home.’

In 2001, Mr Ceesay earned a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in African Studies and then completed a PhD degree in Political Science – on contemporary Gambian politics in October 2004. He studied at the University of Birmingham’s Centre of West African Studies and is acknowledged as ‘an expert on Gambian matters’ in the UK and further afield. His expertise and knowledge about Africa are often sought after by Africa researchers in the British Foreign Office, US State Department, United Nations, Amnesty International, UK Courts and DFID. He has been invited, in the past, by the British Foreign Office (FCO) in London to take part in briefings organized by the FCO’s Africa Section for British Diplomats, taking up new assignments in Africa. His academic research interests and expertise include the Political History of Gambia, African politics, democratic transitions and consolidation, party systems in Africa, African Militaries, Migration and development, Media Management in West Africa

He is the sole author of the book, The Military and ‘Democratisation’ in The Gambia: 1994-2003, published in 2006, and also co-editor (with Professor Abdoulaye Saine and Dr Ebrima Sall) of the book, State and Society in the Gambia Since Independence, 1965-2012 (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2013). He has also served as a reviewer for academic journals, including the Journal of Modern African Studies (JMAS), globally, the premier Africanist journal devoted to the study of Africa.

Research

Research Interests

Political History of Gambia, African politics, democratic transitions and consolidation, party systems in Africa, African Militaries, Migration and development, Media Management in West Africa

Current Projects

Co-Team leader (with Professor Alice Bellgamba) for Gambia Work Package (WP2) as part of the MIGCHOICE ‘Testing the Impact of Interventions on Migration Choices in West Africa’ project’.