Alemnesh Tsehay Kassa

Ethiopia 2023-2024

Ph.D Candidate, Peace and Development Studies, College of Social Science and Humanities, Department of Sociology, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Alemnesh Tsehay Kassa


Alemnesh holds an LLB degree from Haramaya University, and an MA degree in Governance and Development Studies from Hawassa University. Her MA thesis was on “Impacts of Investment Along Water Bodies on the Well-being of Local Community: The case of Pollution of Lake Koka, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia.” She is currently a Ph.D. student at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Her research involves Investment, development and conflict nexus. In particular, she is working on “Ethiopian development quagmire: the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of flower farms in Sululta area.”

She has served as a lecturer at Dilla University since 2013-2017, and also as a lecturer as well as a coordinator for research and community services at the College of Social Science and Humanities in Salale University from 2018-2019. She has co-authored a journal article entitled “Ethiopia: Imaging Constitutional Legitimacy through Constitutional Violence”, published in the Journal of Human Rights Law, Addis Ababa University Vol. 8.  She has also delivered a number of trainings on several topics including one on good governance and public service ethics for local Government officials, and another on Human Rights and public service ethics for North Shewa Zone prison administration officials.

Her research interests include, but are not limited to, the socioeconomic impacts of large-scale agricultural investments on smallholder farmers, resource based conflicts, conflict transformation, smallholder farmers and food sovereignty, and the environment and development. She is also working with CARD, a civil society organization, and East African Consulting.