• PhDs in Focus: Forging a cross-continental research career

    Imogen Mathers


[LONDON] In this podcast, Seth Eiseb, a PhD student at the University of Namibia, describes how his early interest in dune zoology on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast grew into a research career focused on mammalogy and pest management in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Eiseb discusses how, over the past 15 years, he has balanced university research with a full-time job as a museum curator, and describes the challenges and opportunities he has faced along the way in securing funding, carrying out research, and forging research partnerships with academics across the world. He also discusses the Namibian government’s support for sciences, and his thoughts on how science can contribute to national and regional development.
The interview was recorded earlier this month (20 January) at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, during a conference organised by StopRats: Sustainable Technology to Overcome Pest Rodents in Africa Through Science. StopRats brings together researchers from across Africa to develop pest control programmes for smallholder farmers in Madagascar, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania. The project is coordinated by the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich.

This is part of the Africa’s PhD Renaissance series funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.