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Professor David J. Francis

PositionDirector of the John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS), Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner
LocationAshfield Building TO.1a (JEFCAS)
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 23 5298
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Research Interests (key words only)

Ebola Virus Disease: securitization and political economy analysis; Social Reintegration of Child Soldiers in Africa / Children in Armed Conflicts; Economic and Security Regionalisms in Africa; Conflict Analysis, Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Transition Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa / North Africa; African Security Studies; Economic Opportunism of Jihadi Extremist / Terrorist Groups in Mali, Nigeria & Somalia; Policing in Transition Societies in Africa; Geographic Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa & West Africa.

PhD Supervision

  • Priscilla Ateyo- Commonwealth Scholar
  • Joseph Kormoh- Commonwealth Scholar 
  • Jeneba Macassey- Boimah
  • Kudakwashe Chirambwi 
  • Barry Katu 
  • Julius M. Bio 

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • African Security Studies (MA Module: SP-7007D)
  • Introduction to Peace Studies (MA module: SP-7008D)
  • Regional & Global Security politics (MA Module: SP-7015D)

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of Peace Studies

Director, JEFCAS

Study History

  • 1998: PhD University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 1995: Diploma in Law, Development and Social Justice, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands 
  • 1994: Diploma in Human Rights, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, Sweden 
  • 1993: BA (Hons.) Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

Professional Activities

Current Projects

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: Securitization and political economy


UNESCO Chairs &UNITWIN Network 


Latest Publication: 

  • The south Sudanese conflict: the failure on the international community and a plan for the nation-building. NOREF, March 2014
  • The regional impact of the armed conflict in Mali and French military intervention in Mali Oslo: NOREF, April 2013 


  • When War Ends in Africa: building peace in divided communities Ashgate: May 2012 (edited) 
  • Policing in Africa Palgrave /Macmillan, April 2012 (edited) 
  • National States and the Challenges of Regional Integration in West Africa Paris: Karthala, December 2011 (ed.) (UNESCO – SHS MOST Project) 
  • US Strategy in Africa: AFRICOM, Terrorism and Security Challenges Routledge, Feb. 2010 (Edited)
  • Peace and Conflict in Africa (ed.) London: Zed Books, September 2008 (Translated into Arabic in May 2010 by the Egypt-based Arabic Translation Institute) 
  • Uniting Africa: Building Regional Security Systems, Aldershot: Ashgate January 2006.
  • Civil Militias: Africa’s Intractable Security Menace? (ed.) Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. 
  • Dangers of Co-deployment: UN Cooperative Peacekeeping in Africa Aldershot: Ashgate, December 2004 (co-authored with Mohamed Faal, Alex Ramsbotham & John Kabia) 
  • The Politics of Economic Regionalism: Sierra Leone in ECOWAS, Aldershot: Ashgate, December 2001. 

Forthcoming Books: 

  • Stolen Childhood: Social Reintegration of Child Soldiers in Africa (2015) 
  • Education for Peace In Africa (2015)  

Journal Articles: 

  • “Peacekeeping in a bad neighbourhood: ECOWAS in Peace & Security in West Africa’ African Journal of Conflict Resolution Vol. 9, No. 1, 2009 
  • ‘”Paper Protection”’ Mechanisms: Child Soldiers and the International Protection of Children in Africa’s Conflict Zones Journal of Modern African Studies Vol. 45, No. 2, Winter 2007 
  • “Linking Peace, Security and Developmental Regionalism: Regional Economic Integration in Africa” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development Vol. 2, No.2, 2006. 
  • “Diamonds and the Civil War in Sierra Leone,” The Courier No.187, July-Aug 2001, pp.73-75. 
  • David J. Francis & Mohamed Kamanda: “Politics of Language and Education Planning in Sierra Leone” African Studies Spring 2001. 


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