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Alula Pankhurst is a social development consultant whose main focus has been on Ethiopia and Ethiopian studies. He has worked for many years in Ethiopia in a variety of positions including as associate professor of anthropology at Addis Ababa University and as country director for Young Lives.
Pankhurst is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MA (1986) and PhD (1989) in Social Anthropology from the Manchester University. His links to Ethiopia are deep, his grandmother Sylvia Pankhurst having been a champion of Ethiopia during World War II and his father Richard Pankhurst having lived and worked long in Ethiopia for decades. Pankhurst's first name is in honor of Ras Alula, a famous Ethiopian leader. Pankhurst has led a variety of studies and projects on behalf of such groups as the World Bank, IrishAid, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, and International Livestock Centre for Africa.
Pankhurst has published a number of academic and professional books and articles. The topics of his writings have included traditional peacemaking and reconciliation, issues of internal migration and resettlement, poverty, AIDS, funeral associations, access to natural resources.
- Girke, Felix and Alula Pankhurst. 2011. Evoking Peace and Arguing Harmony: An Example of Transcultural Rhetoric in Southern Ethiopia, in C. Meyer and F. Girke eds. The Rhetorical Emergence of Culture. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Book.
- Pankhurst, Alula. 1999. ‘Caste’ in Africa: the evidence from south-western Ethiopia reconsidered. Africa 69: 485-509.
- Pankhurst, Alula. 2008. The emergence, evolution and transformations of iddir funeral associations in urban Ethiopia. Journal of Ethiopian Studies 41(1-2): 143-186.
- Pankhurst, Alula. 2006. A peace ceremony in Arbore, pp 247–68 in Ivo Strecker and Jean Lydal ed. The Perils of Face: Essays on cultural contact, respect and self-esteem in southern Ethiopia. Münster: Litt Verlag.
- Pankhurst, Alula. 2004. Social exclusion and cultural marginalisation: minorities of craftworkers and hunters in Ethiopia in A. Bohnet and M. Hoher eds. The Role of Minorities in the Development Process. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 85–128.
- Pankhurst, Alula. 2003. Research on Ethiopian societies and cultures during the second half of the Twentieth Century. Journal of Ethiopian Studies 35:1-60.