Salma M. A. Abdalla


I hold a PhD degree in Political Geography from the University of Bayreuth (Germany), after a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Khartoum (Sudan). I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Before joining NMBU, I won a postdoctoral grant from the Volkswagen Foundation Cooperative Research Projects in Social Sciences in Sub-Saharan Africa.

I have been a member of the ANR-DGF WAMAKHAIR (Water Management in Khartoum International Research) project, led by CEDEJ, Univesity of Nanterre and Paris 8, University of Bayreuth (2008-2012), and I was a member of the teaching staff of the « French-Sudanese Autumn School. Approaches and methods of social sciences inquiry on inequalities » (Khartoum, October 2015).

I also provided policy advice to Life and Peace Institute in the Horn of Africa, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and to the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Germany.

My current research focuses on political violence and strategies to development transformation. I am equally interested in urbanization, access to resources, religion-politics relationship and governance.


Abdalla Salma et al. 2010. “Thirsty capital: Urban growth, water management and infrastructure investments in Khartoum”, UGEC Viewpoints, 3, March 2010, pp.39-43.

Abdalla Salma. 2013. “Negotiating change: Discourses, politics and practices of Serau village Youth Center in Omdurman, Sudan”, in Elke Grawert (ed), Forging two nations: Insights on Sudan and South Sudan, Addis Ababa, OSSREA, pp. 80–97

Abdalla Salma. 2014. “Contradicting state ideology in Sudan: Christian-muslim relations among the Internally Displaced Persons in Khartoum: Case of Mandela and Wad al-Bashīr camps”, in John A. Chesworth & Franz Kogelmann (eds), Sharīʿa in Africa Today: Reactions and Responses, Leiden, Brill, pp. 49–82.

Abdalla Salma. 2018. Charity drops: Water provision and the politics of the Zakat Chamber in Khartoum, Sudan, LIT Verlag, Africa Research Series (ISBN 3-643-90928-7).

Abdalla Salma. 2019. “Fighting the Enemies of God: the Rise of and the Response to Violent Extremism in Sudan”, Journal for Deradicalization, vol. Fall 2019(20), pp75-108.

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