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by Subulwa, Angela G. last modified Oct 14, 2013 01:22 PM

Research Agendas

My overall research agenda is primarily concerned with understanding the political, economic, developmental, and cultural challenges of displacement in the African context.  (Check out some of my photos from the field)

I am currently at various stages of projects regarding:

Mayukwayukwa Refugee Camp: Initial fieldwork conducted in summer 2010 with the assistance of a Faculty Development Research Grant. In 1967, the Zambian government began resettling Angolan refugees into Zambia’s first official refugee camp, Mayukwayukwa in Kaoma District, Western Province, Zambia. After more than 30 years living as refugees, Angolans began a process of repatriation – or return – to Angola. My fieldwork investigated the changes and challenges brought about at Mayukwayukwa as a result of repatriation, specifically addressing questions of population change, transnational identities, international development, and cultural adaptability.

Africa’s Urban Refugees (in Lusaka): Currently identifying potential for external funding sources. Anticipate fieldwork in summer 2013 or 2014.

African Refugee Resettlement in US: I recently mentored a McNair Program student on a US refugee settlement project concerning Sudanese settlement in Wisconsin. I am in the development stages of research into African refugee diaspora networks, focusing on refugees from the Great Lakes region. 

Electoral Politics: I am using the geospatial data collected in conjunction with my expertise in political geography and GIScience to examine and analyze regional variations in voting patterns and the implications of such variation on the political situation in Zambia. I recently presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference utilizing the 2011 election results.

Self-settled Angolans in Mongu, Zambia: I recently returned from 3 months of fieldwork in western Zambia exploring the social, cultural, economic, and political challenges confronting self-settled Angolans ('refugees') negotiating for integration with their Zambian host community.  

Barotse Royal Establishment and Linyungandambo: I am in the process of making necessary contacts to conduct research on the evolution of the Barotse Royal Establishment, and have secured extensive (and exclusive) interview access with the former Prime Minister. I anticipate establishing additional contacts with representatives from the Linyungandambo (local political protest group) and conducting interviews by summer 2013 or 2014 (depending on developments with my other research goals/aims.

Geographies of Coffee: I will be offering a new course in Fall 2013 as part of the new University Studies Program (USP).  The course will be an intensive, embedded First Year Experience (FYE) small learning community engaging in the QUEST I Signature Question: How do people understand and engage in community life?  In order to address this question, we must understand the role and importance of civic knowledge and civic engagement in the process of community (de)(re)construction. Civic knowledge consists of an awareness and understanding of the various political and social processes that impact the nature and quality of life in local, state, national, or global communities. It also encompasses the cultivation of skills which may be useful in public life, like effective communication and ethical reasoning. Civic engagement means having an appreciation for and applying the values gained from civic knowledge in real world settings, directed at improving the quality of life in the communities of which one is a part. I anticipate integrating summer 2013 research from Zambian coffee farms into course content and research interests.



Subulwa, Angela G. (2012). Negotiating displacement during the colonial and early independence period along the Zambia-Mozambique border. Historical Geography 40 (147-167). 

Subulwa, Angela G. 2012. Settlement, protracted displacement, and repatriation at Mayukwayukwa in western Zambia. African Geographical Review 31(2): 1 – 15.

Myers, Garth, Francis Owusu, and Angela G. Subulwa. 2012. Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa in Brunn, Stanley, Hays-Mitchell, Maureen, and Zeigler, Don (eds). Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development 5th edition, p 330 – 379. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Myers, Garth and Gray, Angela. 2011. Africa - Transnational Organizations in Stoltman, Joseph (ed). 21st Century Geography: A reference handbook, p 603 – 612. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Gray, Angela.2010. Dynamics of forced displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa. Geographische Rundschau International Edition 6(3): 18 – 23.

O’Lear, Shannon & Gray, Angela. 2006. Asking the right questions: Environmental conflict in the case of Azerbaijan. Area 38(4): 390 – 401.


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by Subulwa, Angela G. last modified Oct 14, 2013 01:22 PM