I am a Research Fellow in Environmental Anthropology in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton, where I work on two international consortia research and research capacity strengthening projects. The UK Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) project, Building REsearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In the drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA) is led by the University of Southampton and consists of partner institutions in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi as well as regional-level and multi-lateral organizations. For BRECcIA I lead a project using participatory and qualitative research tools to investigate how communities in Ghana and Kenya anticipate and experience the benefits, costs and risks of farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR), an environmental intervention seeking to restore agricultural and grazing land.
For Bridging national strategy on sustainable development of water-energy-food systems to local scale needs in Malawi (2020-21, funded by the UK GCRF), I am supporting the synthesis of findings from multiple stakeholder-engaged research projects in view of co-developing a framework that characterizes gaps and opportunities for bridging water-energy-food (WEF) policy scales. A key objective is identifying the needs of sub-national level actors and organizations working in the WEF context.
In my capacity as Research Fellow at Southampton I have also led facilitation of
participatory research skills training workshops in Ghana and Kenya which involved undergraduate students, graduate students and stakeholders from government and NGOs. In addition to working in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, I have conducted long-term fieldwork in northeastern Uganda on land tenure, conflict and agrarian change.
ABOUT MATT KANDEL
As a researcher I specialize in land and natural resource tenure and governance, and livelihoods. I work mainly within development contexts in rural Africa although I am interested in working in different regions as well. Methodologically, I favor participatory approaches that place communities at the center of research design/production and co-learning processes. I believe the most viable pathways to delivering impact through research come from community- and stakeholder-engaged approaches and from working cross-disciplines with researchers.
Before taking my position at the University of Southampton I held a two-year British Academy-funded Newton International Fellowship in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. During 2014-15 I was based in both South Africa and Uganda as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. My PhD, which drew on my fieldwork in 2012-13 in the Teso and Karamoja sub-regions of northeastern Uganda, was completed in 2014 in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. My research findings and analysis are published in high-impact academic journals, blogs and a book chapter. I also have six years of experience teaching in-class and asynchronous online courses in Anthropology, Sociology/Anthropology, and interdisciplinary departments/programs at three universities in New York.
SAMPLE PUBLICATIONS (ACADEMIC JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BLOGS)
KANDEL, MATT, NANCY KADENYI, JANET MUSYOKA, FIONA NGARCHU AND VALLARY MUTAVE NGILA. “DEVELOPING PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH SKILLS IN DRYLAND ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION CONTEXT: REFLECTIONS FROM WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS AND CO-FACILITATORS,” BUILDING RESEARCH CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER/FOOD SECURITY IN THE DRYLANDS OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (BRECCIA) BLOG.
(WITH FIONA NGARACHU AND CHRISTINE MAGAJU) DEVELOPING CROSS-SCALE SYNERGIES WILL BE CRITICAL FOR ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER SECURITY IN THE DRYLANDS,” BUILDING RESEARCH CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER/FOOD SECURITY IN THE DRYLANDS OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
DEVELOPING RESILIENT LIVELIHOODS IN THE DRYLANDS OF AFRICA
Africa: Year in Review 2018, Wilson Center's Africa Program
THE ETHICS OF CO-PRODUCTION AND THE ROLE OF CONSORTIA RESEARCH IN RESILIENCE-BUILDING
Building REsearch capacity for sustainable water and food security in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa (BRECcCIA) blog
STATE FORMATION AND THE POLITICS OF LAND IN NORTHEASTERN UGANDA
THE POLITICS OF LAND AND STATE STABILITY IN AFRICA
Africa Up Close blog at the Wilson Center's Africa Program
Reposted at Africa at LSE blog
LAND CONFLICTS AND SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION IN EASTERN UGANDA
Journal of Modern African Studies
YOUTH IN AFRICA: REFOCUSING THE DEBATE
Democracy in Africa blog
RESHAPING THE DEBATE ON LAND ALIENATION IN AFRICA: WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF SOCIAL CHANGE?
Development Studies at SOAS
STRUGGLING OVER LAND IN POST-CONFLICT UGANDA
POLITICS FROM BELOW? SMALL-, MID-, AND LARGE-SCALE LAND DISPOSSESSION IN TESO, UGANDA, AND THE RELEVANCE OF SCALE.
Journal of Peasant Studies