The project is a collaboration between SOAS, University of London (United Kingdom), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the LERDDL research center of the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences of Bamako (Mali) and the association Donkosira.

Research Team

The project’s research team has a unique combination of expertise in African history, law, social anthropology and political science.

Marie Rodet

Reader in African History, SOAS, University of London (UK), DIPPOL (Rennes), PhD (Vienna)

Marie Rodet is the director of the SlaFMig program and has more than…

Lotte Pelckmans

International co-researcher / Denmark

International co-researcher, Lotte Pelckmans, has worked for nearly twenty years on current forms of descent-based slavery in Mali…

Bakary Camara

International co-researcher / Mali

International co-researcher, Bakary Camara, is the Dean of the Faculty of Public Law in Bamako and an expert on land rights in Mali…

Haben Hill

Project coordinator / United Kingdom

Our London-based project coordinator, who has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, coordinates the international partnership…

Marie-Christine Deleigne

Research Associate

Marie-Christine Deleigne has a PhD in sociology and demography from the University of Paris (Paris V)…

Leah Durst-Lee

Research Fellow SlaFMig / Denmark

Leah Durst-Lee is a graduate of Advanced Migration Studies from the University of Copenhagen…

Aline Desdevises

SlaFMig Intern

Aline Desdevises, a master’s student in International Relations at Sciences Po Rennes, is an intern for the SlaFMig project from mid-April to the end of October 2021…


Research Fellow SlaFMig / Denmark

Nolwenn Marconnet is a graduate of Advanced Migration Studies from the University of Copenhagen…

Simona Stejskalová

SlaFMig Intern

Simona Stejskalová is a Master’s student in Advanced Migration Studies at the University of Copenhagen…

Sophia Stille

SlaFMig Intern

Sophia Stille is a Master’s student in Advanced Migration Studies at the University of Copenhagen…

Othilia Pedersen

SlaFMig Intern

Othilia Pedersen is a Master student of Migration Studies at the University of Copenhagen…

Civil society partners

DONKOSIRA is a Malian NGO whose main objective is to collect and disseminate local knowledge and regional cultures of West Africa using new information technologies ( It is responsible for the SlaFMig program’s awareness-raising activities in the school and community settings.

Moussa John Kalapo

President of Donkosira / Mali

Moussa KALAPO is a plastic artist based in Bamako, Mali. He is mainly distinguished by his work in photography and video production…

Mamadou Sène Cissé

General Secretary of Donkosira, Researcher, Archivist, Blogger / Mali

Mamadou Sène Cissé is the general secretary of the Donkosira association…

Mariam Coulibaly

Treasurer / Mali

Mariam Coulibaly comes from Bamako (Mali). Thirty-three years old, married and mother of two children, she is currently studying…

Binta Coulibaly

Project Assistant / Mali

Binta Coulibaly is a lawyer and agricultural entrepreneur with a master’s degree…

Assa Waly Diakité

Project Assistant / Mali

Assa Waly Diakité is a Sales Marketing Manager with a degree in marketing and sales. He also has training in leadership…

Mariam Sacko

Project Assistant / Mali

Mariam Sacko is a management secretary in BT2 Institute of Tertiary Professional Training of Kayes (IFPT-K)…