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Hamza Lakhal

Hamza Lakhal


Hamza Lakhal is a poet and activist from Western Sahara. His first poetry collection was published by L’Harmattan in 2013. He led the first campaign for university to be built in Western Sahara (there is no university until now) and he was expelled from school for 12 years (2002-2014) because of that. He established a cultural club called “The Last Wave” before it was shut down by Moroccan authorities. Hamza’s research interests lie in the role of the arts in climate change mitigation.


Department of Anthropology

PhD Project

The Role of the Arts in Climate Change Mitigation: Environmental Philosophies of Saharawi Refugee-Citizens


Western Sahara

Supervisory Team

Prof Sandra Bell (Department of Anthropology)

Dr Leonie Newhouse (Department of Geography)

Dr Joanna Allan (Northumbria University, Department of Social Sciences)

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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