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Martin Sheku Kandeh

Martin Sheku Kandeh


Martin Sheku Kandeh comes from Sierra Leone, he has an MSc. and a Bsc. degree in sociology from Njala University Sierra Leone. Martin is presently is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University under the Global Challenge Research Fund-Centre for Doctoral Training (GCRF-CDT) in the Field of study: Designs for Dwellings: A Strategy for controlling Human-animal contact in Sierra Leone.

Over the last few years he has been engaged in teaching, research and community service back home. The 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa of which Sierra Leone was badly affected triggered Martin’s interest in conducting research around Human-animal interface and he is a co-author of two publications to that effect.

Outside the academic arena, Martin is a renowned Sierra Leonean Reggae musician and has been using music as a tool for social mobilisation and awareness raising on critical social issues that bothers on the life of youths, women, children, health related issues, peace and national cohesion.

Upon conclusion of his PhD, Mr. Kandeh (Cosko-B as he is popularly Known) plans to go back home to transfer his knowledge through teaching while undertaking research to contribute to academia and in finding solutions to global challenges and that of his country Sierra Leone so as to actualise the sustainable development goal 2030(SDG) .

M.Sc. in Sociology at Njala University Sierra Leone – in the Field of study: Value Chain analyses of Bushmeat in Bo district.

B.Sc. in Sociology at Njala University Sierra Leone

Research Topic: The Effect of Music and Culture in Peace Building in Sierra Leone.(Bo district)


Department of Anthropology

PhD Project

Designs for dwellings; strategies for managing human-animal contact in Sierra Leone

This study is aiming at understanding the types of animals that people come in contact with, the kinds of contacts with animals that concern people and why, where and when unwanted contacts take place. What are the strategies applied to avoid unwanted contacts and the relevance of indigenous strategies for control into wider scale intervention. The result of this study will be functional relevance in developing policies and intervention strategies in the control, prevention and management of infectious diseases such as Zoonoses that are anchored upon our interaction and contact with other non-human animals including pests and rodents.


Sierra Leone

Supervisory Team

Dr Hannah Brown (Department of Anthropology)

Prof Steve Lindsay (Department of Biosciences)

Dr Jed Stevenson (Department of Anthropology)

Dr Rashid Ansumana (Njala University, Moyamba District, Bo Sierra Leone)


Co Author:  “Participation of women and children in hunting activities in Sierra Leone and implications for control of zoonotic infections” PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2017

Co Author:  Unintended consequences of the ‘Bushmeat Ban’ in West Africa during the 2013-2016 Ebola Virus disease epidemic. Social Science and Medicine 2018

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The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

A member of the Durham Centre for Academic Development facilitated the event for the CDT.

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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