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Ms Amie Kamanda 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Ms Amie Kamanda is Postgraduate Research Student within Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.

I am postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences. My research interest is in population change at the micro-level. I am particularly interested in population change as a result of forced migration at the local level.

PhD Research topic

The demographic consequences of the Sierra Leone civil war, 1991-2002 is my research topic. The aim of the study is twofold. First, it will critically evaluate the demographic consequences of conflict in Sierra Leone, 1991-2002 by undertaking a retrospective investigation of the components that contributed the most to population change during the period of the civil war. Second, it aims to uncover the mechanisms that led to population decline in the Kono District in the intercensal period. The research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Reference No.: ES/1026177/1).

Supervisors

I am undertaking the study under the supervision of Dr Jakub Bijak, Lecturer in Demography, University of Southampton and Dr Sabu Padmadas, Reader in Demography and Co-Director of GHP3 (Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty & Policy), University of Southampton

Education and qualifications
Mphil/PhD Demography, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, 2011-2014
MSc (Demography), University of Southampton, United Kingdom (2011)
MSc (Violence, Conflict and Development), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom (2009)
BA (History), University of Southampton, United Kingdom, (2007)

Employment

Presently, I am a postgraduate representative on the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Ethics Committee. I have worked as a research assistant for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations in 2012 as well as the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty & Policy, EDULINK Project, University of Southampton in 2011. During August 2011, I was an intern at the Demography Unit at Hampshire County Council, Research and Intelligence Group, Winchester. The internship was an opportunity to use administrative data such as census data and Hampshire County Council’s small area population forecasts (SAPF) to estimate the number of European Union migrant’s in Hampshire. Previously, I worked with several refugee organisations including the British Red Cross in Southampton, Evelyn Oldfield Unit and City Life Education and Action for Refugees.

Roles/responsibilities

Post graduate representative on the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Ethics Committee.

Research interests

My research interests are diverse reflecting my passion for interdisciplinary research. Primarily, I am interested in historical demography. By this I mean researching population change from a historical perspective. Forced migration and population change at the micro-level as a result forced migration is a secondary research area for me. My research interests focus on the application of mixed methodology in research. Furthermore, I am interested in the demographic causes as well as consequences of conflict in the West Africa states (particularly Mano River Union states) and its implication for development in the region.
As part of the MSc in Demography, I researched Livelihood strategies among the urban poor in Accra, Ghana. The study which was part of the EDULINK Urban Health and Poverty project in Ghana applied mixed methods utilising innovative methods including in-depth interviews, participant observation and walking interviews.
I have also researched using documentary analysis Sierra Leonean refugee repatriation and reintegration and its relation to post-war reconstruction in Sierra Leone during the MSc in Violence Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Historical demography, demography of conflict, forced migration, peace building in West Africa

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

April – June 2012
Research assistant: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations

January 2012- present
Post graduate representative, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Ethics Committee

August 2011
Research assistant: Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty & Policy, EDULINK Project, University of Southampton

August 2011
Intern, Demography Unit, Hampshire County Council, Research and Intelligence Group, Winchester

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Junes 2012 – present                     International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
June 2012 – present                       European Association for Population Studies
June 2012 – present                       Development Studies Association
December 2011 – present               British Society for Population Studies
March 2008- present                       British Red Cross Society
2010-present                                  4M (Migration, Mortality, Militancy and Modelling), University of Southampton

PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCES

  1. Kamanda, A. 2012. Civil war and population change in Sierra Leone, 1991-2002. British Society of Population Studies Conference, Nottingham, scheduled for 10-12 September.
  2. Kamanda, A. 2012. Livelihood strategies among the urban poor: a comparative study of two slum communities in Accra, Ghana. European Population Conference, Stockholm. 13-16 June.
  3. Kamanda, A. 2012. Demographic consequences of conflict in Sierra Leone, 1991-2002. Young Statistician’s Meeting, Cambridge. 2-3 April.
  4. Kamanda, A. 2012. Demographic consequences of conflict in Sierra Leone, 1991-2002. Social Statistics and Demography PhD Divisional presentation, University of Southampton, 19 March.
  5. Kamanda, A. 2012. Demography of conflict in Sierra Leone (1991-2002). 4M (Migration, Mortality, Militancy and Modeling) presentation, University of Southampton, 14 March.
  6. Kamanda, A. 2011. Livelihood strategies among the urban poor: a comparative study of two slum communities in Accra, Ghana. MSc Divisional presentation, University of Southampton, July.

PhD studentship

  • Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (1+3), 2010
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods Award, ESRC Reference No.: ES/1026177/1, (2011)
  • University of Southampton Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Research Support Grant, 2012
  • University of Southampton Division of Social Statistics demography grant, 2012

Research project
EDULINK STARND Project, West Africa, 2011

Research group
I am a member of the 4M (Migration, Modelling, Mortality and Militancy) Working Group at the University of Southampton. The group consists of members of staff and post graduate researchers. It is an opportunity to discuss research ideas and get feedback on methodological issues as well as data utilisation for the research topic under consideration.

Employment

Presently, I am a postgraduate representative on the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Ethics Committee. I have contributed to an expert report for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations in 2012. In addition, I have undertaken research for the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty & Policy, EDULINK Project, based at the University of Southampton in 2011. During August 2011, I was an intern at the Demography Unit at Hampshire County Council, Research and Intelligence Group, Winchester. The internship was an opportunity to use administrative data such as census data and Hampshire County Council’s small area population forecasts (SAPF) to estimate the number of European Union migrant’s in Hampshire. Previously, I worked with several refugee organisations including the British Red Cross in Southampton, Evelyn Oldfield Unit and City Life Education and Action for Refugees

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

April – June 2012
Contributed to an expert report for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations

January 2012- present
Post graduate representative, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Ethics Committee

August 2011
Research assistant: Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty & Policy, EDULINK Project, University of Southampton

August 2011
Intern, Demography Unit, Hampshire County Council, Research and Intelligence Group, Winchester

Ms Amie Kamanda
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK
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