Researcher Project D9



Geography Department
Juba University

P.O. Box 321/1
Khartoum – Sudan

Tel. +249 / 12348634
Tel. Home: +249 / 155160000


Staff - 3rd phase of research

Dr. Guma Kunda Komey

Main fields of research:

Regional disparity in development of Sudan • Underdevelopment, marginality, and politics of resistance among the Nuba • Land rights, cooperation and conflicts between the sedentary Nuba and the nomadic Baqqara of the Sudan • Autochthony, territoriality, ethnic identity politics in the Nuba Mountains • Conflict resolutions and peace building in the Sudan context • Rural period markets in the Nuba Mountains • Large-scale land appropriation / land grabbing in north and South Sudan

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle, Germany, 2011 - 2012 • Assistant Professor of Geography, Director of the Centre of Distant Education, University of Bahri, Sudan since 2011 • Senior Researcher (Post-doc), Collaborative Research Centre: ‘Difference and Integration’ SFB586: D - 9, Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany, 2005 - 2012 • PhD in Geographie, University of Khartoum, Sudan, 2005 • Post Doctorate Research, Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany, 2004 - 2008 • Assistant Professor of Geography, Juba University, Sudan, 2005 - 2011 • Training Certificate in Civic Education and Peace Building; Life and Peace Institute, Sweden, 2003 • Founding Director, Centre for Human Resource Development and Continual Education, University of Juba, 1999 - 2005 • Lecturer since 1991 and Head of Department, 1996 - 1999 • Deputy and Acting Dean, College of Education, 1996 - 1997 • M.A in Development Economics International University of Japan, 1991 • B.A Honours in Geography, University of Khartoum, 1987.



2010. Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan. London: James Currey.

Journal Papers

2012. An interplay between nature and humans: the link between climate change and recurring conflicts. Journal of New Routes 2.

2011, with Richard Rottenburg and Enrico Ille. The genesis of recurring wars in Sudan: Rethinking the violent conflicts in the Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan. Halle: University of Halle.
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2011. The Historical and Contemporary Basis of the Renewed War in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. Discourse 1 (1): 24-48.

2011, with Sandra Calkins. Umkämpfte Weiden: Landzugang und Überleben im Sudan. (Contested pastures: access to land and survival in Sudan), Geographische Rundschau, Heft 7-8: 28-35.

2011. Back to War in Sudan: Bad Governance or Incomprehensive of the CPA? Horn of Africa Bulletin 23 (5): 12-16.

2010. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the questions of identity, territory and political destiny of the indigenous Nuba of the Sudan. International Journal of African Renaissance 5 (1): 48-64.

2009. Striving in the Exclusionary State: Territory, Identity and Ethno-politics of the Nuba, Sudan. Journal of International Politics and Development 7 (2): 1-20.

2008. The denied land rights of the indigenous peoples and their endangered livelihood and survival: the case of the Nuba of the Sudan. Ethnic and Racial Studies 31 (5): 991-1008.

2004. Internally displaced population (IDPs) of the Sudan and the rights of citizenship. Journal of Peace and Development Research 4 (4): 17-37.

2002. Human rights as instruments of justice and human development. Ahfad University for Women’s Women Journal of Babikir Badri Scientific Association for Women Association 17: 9-13.

Chapters in edited volumes

2012, with Enrico Ille. Suq Sumbuq - Geheime Märke im sudanesischen Bürgerkrieg. In Jӧrg Gertel and Sandra Calkins (eds.): Nomaden in unserer Welt, Die Vorreiter der Globalisierung: Von Mobilität und Handel, Herrschaft und Widerstand. Bielfeld: transcript Veriag: 106-114.

2011, ‘Pastoral-sedentary market relations in a war situation: the Baqqara-Nuba Case,’ in Jӧrg Gertel and Richard Le Heron (eds.): Economic Spaces of Pastoral Production and Commodity Systems: Market and Livelihoods. Surrey: Ashgate Economic Geography Series: 79-106.

2010. Ethnic Identity Politics and Boundary Making in Claiming Communal Land in the Nuba Mountains after the CPA. In Elke Grawert (ed.): After the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan: Sign of Change? London, James Currey: 110-129.

2010. Land Factor in War and Conflicts in Africa: the Case of the Nuba Struggle in Sudan. In Toyin Falola and Raphael C. Njoku, eds, Wars and Peace in Africa: History, Nationalism and the State. Durham NC, Carolina Academic Press: 351-81.

2009. Autochthonous identity: its territorial attachment and political expression in claiming communal land in the Nuba Mountains region, Sudan. In: Roxana Kath & Anna-Katharina Rieger, eds, Raum – Landschaft – Territorium. Zur Konstruktion physischer Räume als nomadische und sesshafte Lebensräume, (Nomaden und Sesshafte 11). Wiesbaden, Reichert: 205-28.

2008. The autochthonous claim of land rights by the sedentary Nuba and its persistent contest by the nomadic Baggāra of South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains, Sudan. In: Richard Rottenburg, ed., Nomadic–sedentary relations and failing state institutions in Darfur and Kordofan, Sudan (Orientwissenschaftliche Hefte 26). Halle, University of Halle: 103 -129.

2008, with Samson Wassara. Challenges of Inter-faith relations in Sudan. In: Anne N. Kobai & Tareken Adebo, eds., Striving in Faith: Christians and Muslims in Africa. Uppsala, Life and Peace Institute: 37-55.

2004. Dynamics of the marginalization process in Sudan: the Nuba Mountains case. In Hassan A. Abdel Ati (ed.), The Sudan: challenges of peace and redressing marginalization. Khartoum, EDGE for consultancy & research, Khartoum: 54-87.

Unpublished manuscripts

Regional disparity in national development of the Sudan and its impact on nation-building: with reference to the peripheral region of the Nuba Mountains. Khartoum: PhD Thesis, University of Khartoum, 2005. Abstract in English and Arabic online at:, accessed October 7, 2009.

Environmental management in the traditional rain-fed farming system: lesson of experience from Nuba Mountains Rural Development Project. Research project (6): Khartoum: Sudan National Research Centre and Ford Foundation, 1996.