Dr. Tesfaye Tafesse, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Geography and Area Studies
Addis Ababa University
Tesfaye Tafesse obtained his PhD degree in Human Geography from the University of Osnabrück, Germany in 1995. He taught Geography and Development Studies at Addis Ababa University (AAU) for over two decades and was a Visiting Professor, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999, the Universities of Osnabrueck and Bayreuth, Germany, in 1997 and 2003, respectively. He was a post-doc fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, for two years (1999-2001) and worked as Program Officer, Research, at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal, between September 2010 and August 2012. He has published five books in his academic career, including: (a) “The Migration, Environment and Conflict Nexus in Ethiopia”, 2007 and (b) “The Nile Question: Hydropolitics, Legal Wrangling, Modus Vivendi and Perspectives”, 2001.
In addition, he has published dozens of articles in reputed journals, six book chapters and numerous articles in proceedings. His geographic areas of interest include the Horn of Africa, the Nile Basin Region, the Middle East. He is an expert on hydropolitics on transboundary river basins, with emphasis on the Nile; the role of institutions in natural resources management; agrarian transformation in the Third World; migration and population displacement; and geopolitical.