Senior Lecturer in International Development, University of East LondonRob Ahearne is a Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of East London. He teaches courses on Global Political Economy, Theories of Development and Globalisation, and African Politics. His undergraduate degree is in Economics and Sociology (2005), while most postgraduate degree is in Development Studies (2006). For most of 2007 Ahearne lived and worked in Tanzania, helping to establish a small NGO. He returned to the University of Manchester and completed his PhD (International Development) in 2011, which involved long periods of fieldwork in Tanzania (2008 and 2009-10 respectively).In his PhD, Ahearne focused on what became known as 'life narratives of intervention', in other words, he conducted life history research with older people in southern Tanzania, focusing on conceptions of development and perceptions of progress, as part of a broader process of long-term ethnographic fieldwork. His current research builds on this somewhat, in that it investigates localised experiences of incipient processes of natural gas extraction in southern Tanzania. The apparent mismanagement of these processes feed into an existing sense of regional marginalization and maltreatment. This research utilizes concepts such as citizenship and resource justice in order to respond to the dynamics of community mobilisation, especially in relation to the major protests of 2013.
Union Day is celebrated in Tanzania and Zanzibar on April 26 annually, but there's little unity to speak of between the islands and the mainland today
Multiparty democracy came to Tanzania in 1995 but the autocratic rule under its first post-independence leader Julius Nyerere, seems to be echoed now