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Africa Historian Professor Hakim Adi

Professor Hakim Adi

History, Politics and International Relations
Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora

Professor Adi was the UK’s first black professor of history and remains one of the UK’s few academics specialising in the history of ​Africa and the African diaspora. He teaches the University’s History of African and the African Diaspora MRes degree, which remains the only MA of its kind in the world delivered completely online.

Areas of expertise include:
  • History of Africa
  • Racism (and anti-racism)
  • African Diaspora
  • African and Caribbean people in Britain
  • History of Pan-Africanism
  • Colonialism (and anti-colonialism).

Dr Naomi Datson

Sport
Reader in Sports Performance

Sports scientist Dr Naomi Datson has worked in elite-level football worldwide for 15 years – including for the Lionesses alongside the FA and Team GB. She was part of England’s third-place finish at the 2015 World Cup and was key to the development of its stars – including Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan.

She now sits on UEFA’s advisory group, while her latest research is a world’s-first which explores the extreme physical and physiological demands of top-level women’s football.

Areas of expertise include:
  • England’s Lionesses – and their recent competition successes (inc Euro 2021)
  • Rise in popularity of women’s football in last decade
  • Top-level football analysis (men and women’s game)
  • Helping elite athletes recover

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