Erin Jessee

Erin Jessee is a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in History at the University of Glasgow specialising in armed conflict and trauma.

She has over a decade of experience conducting research in Rwanda, and recently published Negotiating Genocide in Rwanda: The Politics of History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She has also published articles in Memory Studies, Conflict and SocietyHistory in AfricaOral History Review, and Forensic Science International, among others.

Additionally, Jessee teaches classes on oral history, ethnography, genocide studies, and Rwandan history, and offers workshops on oral history, qualitative research in conflict-affected settings, and managing danger in fieldwork.


Dr Bola Salami Issa

Dr Issa is an environmentalist with academic backgrounds and field experiences in Surveying and Geo-informatics (Bsc, A.B.U Zaria), Climate Change Risks Management (PgD. Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and Environmental Management (Msc. University of Glamorgan, Wales U.K). Dr Issa is about to start his PhD in Environmental Policy to work on Cumulative Environmental Risk Exposures and Impacts Assessment.

Being an academic with more than 13 years of teaching and research experience, Bola is affiliated to the Unilorin Renewable Energy Centre and the Unilorin Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development. 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Climate Change issues, Urban Mining, Carbon Footprint Evaluation, E-waste and Circular Economy, Environmental and Cumulative Impact Assessment, Sustainable Development (Socio, economic, environmental and governance dimensions), Environmental Injustice, applied spatial analysis.

Dr Julien Reboud

Dr Julien Reboud (PhD, Université Joseph Fourier/CEA, 2006) is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (since 2017) at the University of Glasgow.

Through his PhD in France, his post-doctoral experience in the Institute of Microelectronics (A-STAR) in Singapore, and fellowship in Glasgow, he established a track record in developing and integrating microfluidic systems for medical diagnostics and drug discovery.

Recently, his research has focussed on the development of such platforms for low resource settings, based on ultra low cost materials (e.g. paper) and precision medicine, to detect multiple diseases in one iteration as well as identify specific organisms in the fight against drug resistance. He has developed a network of collaborators in Rwanda and Uganda, where the devices have been trialled in the field.

Julien also develops and participates in discussions and research on the societal impact of technologies, through outreach activities (responsible innovation) and support of student-led projects (e.g. FemEng in Rwanda, iGEM, Handprints).

He has significant commercialisation experience, as evidenced through his PhD prize in the French national start-up competition (2004), co-invention of an acoustic technology enabling full microfluidic integration leading to the spin-out SAW Dx Ltd ( He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in international journals (including PNAS, Nano Letters, ChemComm., PLOS One, Angewandte, Advanced Materials, Analytical Chemistry, Lab Chip), and 15 patent applications and two granted US patents (US8323572 and US7785890)


Samir Halliru

Samir Halliru is a lecturer in the Department of Adult Education and Community Services, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) Nigeria. Samir holds a Diploma in Public and Private Law (HUK Polytechnic), B.Ed. Adult Education and Community Development (BUK), M.ED Community Development (BUK), MSC Adult and Continuing Education (University of Glasgow, UK) and is a final year PhD Researcher at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Samir is interested in lifelong learning and community development. Samir is a member of the board of the Standing Conference on the University Teaching and Research on the Education of the Adults (SCUTREA), based in the UK, where he was selected as a member Responsible for Africa in 2015.