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Kamski, Dr. Benedikt

Position at ABI:
benedikt.kamski [at]
Areas of research:
Political Economy, Geopolitics, Industrialisation
Regional focus:
Horn of Africa (esp. Ethiopia and Djibouti), Comoros and Seychelles



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Benedikt Kamski is a research consultant who has worked in the Horn of Africa since 2012. He completed his PhD on river basin development and sugar industrialization in 01/2017. His doctoral research focused on the Kuraz Sugar Development Project (KSDP), its wider politico-economic context and the challenges related to the hydro-agricultural transformation underway in Ethiopia's lower Omo Valley. During his postgraduate studies he was affiliated with the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Addis Ababa University and the African Studies Centre, Oxford University. Mainly based in Addis Ababa since 2018, he is a Senior Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI) and a co-editor of the yearly Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara at Brill publishers (Leiden, 2018 - ongoing).

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Freiburg (Germany). (Advisor: Andreas Mehler, Freiburg / External Advisor: David Turton, Oxford)
Recognised (VRO) DPhil Student University of Oxford, African Studies Centre (Trinity/Michaelmas 2015) | Affiliated Ph.D Researcher Addis Ababa University, Department of Political Science & International Relations (2014-2016)
Watershed Management Certificate Program, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Mag. phil. (MSc equiv.) degree in Political Science, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
Study of Political Science, Law and Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Institute d’études politiques de Lyon / IEP (France), University of New Orleans – International Summer School (Austria, USA), l’Université Saint-Joseph Beirut (Lebanon)
Professional experience:
Since 2022
Associated Researcher: Centre francais des études éthiopiennes (CFEE), Addis Abeba
Since 2018
Senior Researcher: Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute
Post-Doc: Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute
'Agricultural Investments in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley: empirical evidence on the performance of commercial cotton farming’ (Fieldwork funding by Fritz Thyssen Foundation)
Workshop Co-ordinator: African Good Governance Network (AGGN) (with M. Adelmann & J. Altrogge)
Research Associate: Department of Economic Policy & Constitutional Economic Theory, University of Freiburg
Research Assistant: Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute
Additional information:



Fellow (FRGS) at the Royal Geographical Society (since 04/2020), Postgraduate Fellow (2015-2020)

Founding member of the Omo Turkana Research Network, OTuRN (since 2015), Michigan State University