Congratulations to AfREC Postgraduate Fellows!!

AfREC congratulates our following Postgraduate Fellows for success in their PhD endeavours! We wish them all the best for their future careers.

Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman (UWA School of Social Sciences)

Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman graduated from UWA with his PhD in Political Science & International Relations on 10 December 2019. Muhammad has served as the AfREC Postgraduate Coordinator and continues to serve as Editor of AfREC’s AfricaNarratives as well as Coordinator of the African Students in WA (AISWA) University Working Group. Muhammad has also coordinated and taught the UWA units POLS3334 The International Politics of Africa and POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa, and is the Research Assistant on the new AfREC project ‘The transnational political economy of African migration to Australia’.

Dr Dan Suleiman’s PhD thesis is entitled “(Re)Framing ‘the Jihad’ in Western Africa: An Epistemic Disobedience”. The thesis develops and deploys novel theoretical and analytical frameworks to argue that jihadist movements in Western Africa are not simply caused by the presence of socioeconomic conditions or ethnoreligious factors, as often claimed, but more fundamentally by the persistence of these within the state in Africa. The persistence, not simply the presence, of adverse socioeconomic conditions allows the politicisation and historicisation of ethnoreligious and geographical identities as vehicles in search of a political alternative. The thesis re-synthesises the causal variables of jihadism and their levels of operation to illustrate how particular governance structures facilitate the evolution of jihadist rebellion.

Dr Tonny Kinene (UWA School of Molecular Sciences)

Dr Tonny Kinene graduated from UWA with his PhD in Bioinformatics from the UWA School of Molecular Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Energy Biology on 13 December 2019.

Dr Kinene’s PhD thesis is entitled “African cassava whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, systematics and patterns of molecular evolution”. African cassava whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) is a small sap-sucking insect causing extensive damage to cassava. B.tabaci is responsible for the Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease pandemic that has constrained cassava production in East Africa. We investigated the role the HSP90 gene plays in B. tabaci's ability to adapt to varying climate conditions and its relation to the superabundance phenomenon of whiteflies. We inferred phylogenetic relationships of the B. tabaci species using common genes: RNA polymerase II and Shaker cognate gene w. Finally, we estimated the B. tabaci species tree from 3000 nuclear genes generated from transcriptomic data.

Mr Ahmed Elagali (ICRAR, UWA)

Ahmed is a PhD candidate in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at UWA and submitted his PhD thesis for examination on 21 November 2019. Ahmed’s PhD thesis is entitled "Studies of Interacting Galaxies and the Environmental Effects on their Evolution". All the best with the examination process, Ahmed!