Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research (FHISER, Director)

Leslie Bank is a Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Fort Hare. He is the recipient of research fellowships from Fulbright, the Ford Foundation and the Oppenheimer Trust to Emory, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He also served as a research fellow at the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He is the author of Home Spaces, Street Styles: Contesting Power and Identity in a South African City (Pluto Press, 2011) and co-editor of Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her Interpreters (Cambridge Press, 2012). He has edited special journal collections on rural development, land and regional history in Africa. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Africa Institute journal, Africa, and is the current President of the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa.


Dr Luvuyo Ntombana

Senior Researcher

Dr Luvuyo Ntombana holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is currently a senior researcher at the Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research. His main research interests are in youth cultures and masculinity studies. His forthcoming book concerns the practice of male initiation in the Eastern Cape. Luvuyo is interested in African cultural studies generally and has published a number of articles in this field and is working on a book on this topic for Unisa Press.

dr teresa connoR

Senior Researcher

Dr Teresa Connor holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Rhodes University. She has extensive experience as a development consultant and has specialised in land issues, population displacement, environmental and conservation research. She is currently working on a book on farms in the borderlands of the Eastern Cape, which will be published by KZN University Press.

Dr octavia sibanda


Dr Octavia Sibanda has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Fort Hare. She is especially interested in questions of race and gender in South and Southern Africa. Dr Sibanda has been active in the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa and currently serves on the executive of that organisation.

adam perry

(PhD candidate, Anthropology)               


Adam Perry joined FHISER in January 2011 to undertake his PhD in Social Anthropology focused on the built environment in the Eastern Cape.  Adam has over ten years of direct experience working within Africa (and particularly South Africa) managing a variety of not-for-profit and private sector development projects. Adam has a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, (Okanagan) Canada and holds a Masters Degree in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California, where he specialized in ecological house design and planning.