Dr Bizuneh Getachew Yimenu

Dr Bizuneh Getachew Yimenu

International Development Department
Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management

Contact details

School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Bizuneh Getachew Yimenu is currently a Teaching Fellow at the School of Government of Birmingham University. He earned his PhD in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent. Bizuneh worked as an Assistant Lecturer and Subject Tutor from 2017-2022 at the University of Kent. Before joining Kent, he completed an MA and BA at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He also worked as a Lecturer at Dilla University, Ambo University and Ethiopian Civil Service University in Ethiopia between 2008 and 2017. Bizuneh held academic leadership posts such as Department Head, College Registrar, and Postgraduate Programme Coordinator.


  • PhD in Comparative Politics, University of Kent, 2022
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2019
  • MA in Public Management and Policy, Addis Ababa University, 2012
  • A Higher Diploma License as a Certified Professional Teacher Educator, Dilla University, 2011
  • BA in Public Administration and Development Management, Addis Ababa University, 2008


What's behind the recent ethnic violence in Ethiopia? | Inside Story

Dr Bizuneh Getachew Yimenu completed a PhD in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent and holds a Masters Degree in Public Management and Policy, and a BA in Public Administration and Development Management. He was awarded a Vice-Chancellor Scholarship to study a PhD in Comparative Politics. His PhD assesses the implementation of federalism in developing countries by focusing on measuring and explaining policy and fiscal decentralisation, taking the Ethiopian federation as a case. Bizuneh's project won the Civil Society Scholars Award of the Open Society Foundation in 2018.

Bizuneh worked as a lecturer in public policy and public administration and held other academic posts over the past 13 years. Before joining the University of Birmingham, he worked as the Politics Assistant Lecturer and Subject Tutor at the University of Kent. He holds a higher Diploma License as a professional Teacher Educator and is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Bizuneh recently published an article titled The Politics of Ethnonational Accommodation Under a Dominant Party Regime: Ethiopia’s Three Decades’ Experience. He sometimes appears on international media such as Al Jazeera to give expert comments.

See his recent interview with Al Jazeera regarding the renewed fighting between the Tigray region and the Federal Government of Ethiopia.



  • Economics Perspective on Development


  • Public Economic Management
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Sector Reform
  • Making Policy


What's needed to end the famine in Tigray?

Research interests 

  • Dr Yimenu's research focuses on comparative politics, federalism, decentralisation, ethnic politics, public policy, public administration and devolved governance.

Current projects

  • Mapping and Explaining Regional De facto Policy Autonomy Asymmetry in a Constitutionally Symmetrical Federation: The Case of Ethiopia, 1995-2020.
  • Federalism, Territorial Politics and State Restructuring in Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Origins, Rationales, and Challenges.
  • Fiscal Federalism and Regional Fiscal Autonomy in a Developing Country: Evidence from Ethiopia, 1995-2020.
  • ‘Post-reform’ Election: A Sign of Democratic Transition or A ceremony of Regime Legitimation?: Reflection on the 2021 Ethiopian Elections.

Other activities

  • Program Coordinator, Ethiopian Civil Service University, September 2016 to September 2017
  • Department Head, Dilla University, September 2009 to September 2010
  • College Registrar, Dilla University, May 2013 to September 2014



Book Chapter

Online publications

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