Paul is Professor of Comparative African History and is divided equally between the Centre for African Studies (CAS) and the History Subject Area at the University of Edinburg. He is the past president of AEGIS, the Centre-based association of African Studies in Europe, a role he performed for seven years alongside the Directorship of CAS.
Paul is the author of a new book comparing Ghana, Togo, Senegal and the Gambia, entitled Boundaries, Communities and State-Making in West Africa (Cambridge UP, 2019) Paul is also the PI on a European Research Council Advanced Grant called ‘African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition’. The AFRIGOS project explores the way spaces and governance practices are being reshaped by the tensions between regional integration agendas, which seek to facilitate the flow of people and goods across borders, and a securitization agenda that prioritizes surveillance and control. The project is a comparison of West, West-Central, East and Southern Africa, and is both multi-scalar and multi-sited. Paul is conducting field research in Ghana, Togo, Uganda and Kenya. Paul is also the PI on a project with Zoe Marks on the ERSC/DfID project dealing with the livelihoods strategies of combatants and ex-combatants. In addition, he is completing a monograph on race, taste and innovation in the South African wine industry.
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