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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

Peter Chonka is a Lecturer in Global Digital Cultures at Kings College London.  His doctoral research was on transnational Somali-language media networks and their impact on the cultural politics of state reconstruction in the Horn of Africa. His research interest is in how the new media environment affects political reconstruction, civil society activism, and conflict in so-called ‘fragile’ states. His research uses innovative visual methods to explore displaced people’s everyday perceptions of mobility, security and urbanisation in Somali cities. He has been a Director of Studies on the RVI Horn of Africa course and a researcher on the RVI cross-border research programme.