Michael Whyte

Michael Whyte

Associate professor emeritus, Associate Professor emeritus

Research fields

My research for many years has been focused on East Africa, particularly Uganda.  I have been concerned with issues of change, development and empowerment – and the many links between local practice and global experience.  Over the years I have combined academic research and applied work in a variety of fields: agriculture, animal husbandry and development; local literacy; food security and the culture of food; anthropology and environment. I have worked with HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania, Lesotho and Uganda and, most recently, with the impact of the roll-out of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on families and communities in Uganda.  Currently, I am continuing to participate in building research capacity (Gulu University) and research on land conflict and governance in post-conflict situations in northern Uganda.

Research Groups

Since 2009 I have been working with colleagues from Aarhus University and Gulu University in an ENRECA collaboration dealing with human security and an FFU-supported research project dealing with governance and land in post conflict Northern Uganda. 

I am also active in the Danida-sponsored programme Building Stronger Universities, which is now in Phase II.  Here I am co-coordinator for the Gulu University component and work with colleagues from Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, and Roskilde universities and the university of Southern Denmark.

Academic contributions

  • Collaborating with colleagues to enhance research capacity in social sciences at Gulu University
  • Exploring the local implications of governance and conflict in post-conflict Uganda

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Dilemmas of knowledge production in Ugandan universities

    Whyte, Michael & Whyte, Susan Reynolds, 9 Nov 2015, Higher Education and Capacity Building in Africa: The Geography of Power and Knowledge. Adriansen, H. K., Madsen, L. M. & Jensen, S. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published


    Whyte, Michael & Whyte, Susan Reynolds, 2014, Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Whyte, S. R. (ed.). Durham: Duke University Press, p. 200-214 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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