Mia (as the abbreviation of Aminatou) works as a research associate for the INFRAGLOB Project. As part of the research team, Mia is responsible for studying Chinese large-scale infrastructure projects in Guinea and Congo (DRC), corporate governance of security and community relations at the local level, without neglecting roles of African agency and historical context in her case study.
At the moment, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bayreuth (BIGSAS). She holds a dual bachelor’s degree from Peking University in China and Waseda University in Japan, an MA degree (Research) in African studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to this position, she worked as a research assistant in Kenya (2013, 2014), Tanzania (2014), and conducted ethnographic research in Senegal (2018). Her current research interest is international political sociology and critical security with a focus on West Africa.