Patricia Daley

Patricia O. Daley is a Jamaican British human geographer and academic, specialising in forced migration, political ecology, and Africa. She is Professor of Human Geography of Africa at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and has been listed as one of the UK's most influential Black Britons.

Early life and education

Daley was born and brought up in rural Jamaica. At the age of 12, she emigrated to England. She attended school in Hackney, London, and as a teenager lived in the Pembury Estate.

Daley was the first of her family to attend university, and studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. She then undertook postgraduate studies at Goldsmith's College and the School of Oriental and African Studies, both part of the University of London, graduating with a Master of Arts degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She then moved to the University of Oxford to study for a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree. She completed her doctorate in 1989 with a thesis titled "Refugees and underdevelopment in Africa: the case of Barundi refugees in Tanzania".

Academic career

Daley previously taught at Dartmouth College, and Loughborough University. In 1996, she moved to the University of Oxford, where she was appointed University Lecturer in Human Geography and joined Pembroke College, Oxford. She is the first black woman to be appointed a lecturer at Oxford. She is now a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. She served Jesus College as Tutor for Women from 1998 to 2004, and as Tutor for Admissions from 1999 to 2002. She was the University Assessor for the 2015/2016 academic year. She was awarded a Title of Distinction as Professor of the Human Geography of Africa in September 2016.

In 2017, Daley was one 24 notable individuals chosen by the University of Oxford to have their portrait painted and displayed at the university: this was done in order to bring more diversity to the portraits of the otherwise "dead white males" that hung in its walls. In 2020, Daley was announced as one of the United Kingdom's 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage, in recognition of her contribution to education by being included in the 2021 edition of the annual Powerlist.

Selected works

  • Daley, Patricia O. (2008). Gender and genocide in Burundi: the search for spaces of peace in the Great Lakes Region. Oxford: James Currey. ISBN 978-1847013071.
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