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Prof Ben Page
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  • Professor of Human Geography and African Studies
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Ben Page studied at the University of Oxford (BA-Geography) and Cranfield University (MSc-Rural Engineering). After a brief period working as an engineer for an international NGO in Africa he returned to academic study (D-Phil, Geography University of Oxford). He worked as a post-doctoral researcher on an EU Framework V project for a number of years and as a lecturer at St Hugh's and St Peter's Colleges in the University of Oxford before moving to UCL in 2002. He has been on the editorial teams of African Affairs and Critical African Studies and the councils of the African Studies Association-UK, the Royal African Society and the Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.
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Research Summary
Ben Page is a development geographer with specific research and teaching interests in the relationship between international migration and international development. His expertise is primarily focused on Cameroon in Central/West Africa. Current research is examining the role of international migration in the process of of creating a new African middle class by looking at the house-building activities within Africa by members of the African diaspora. This has built on work that looked at the associational life of African diasporas and the impact of diaspora associations on development in Africa. Future work will continue to address class formation by looking at everyday activities around food.

Earlier research has analysed: (1) the history of community development in Cameroon and the role of community development in the provision of public services (2) the commodification of water in Cameroon and popular resistance to that process (3) water privatization in Cameroon (4) the history of water engineering in Cameroon and Nigeria (5) urban agriculture in Cameroon. 
Teaching Summary
Ben Page teaches statistics to 1st year undergraduates, development geography and research design to 2nd year undergraduates and African studies to 3rd year undergraduates. He teaches 'sustainable development' and 'migration and development' and 'ethnography' at MSc level. He supervises doctoral work on African case studies in the fields of migration-development and environment-development.   
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    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
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