For the PhD project, Peter is enrolled under the programme ‘Grounding Land Governance- Land Conflicts, Local Governance and Decentralization in post-conflict Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan. The programme is a collaborative effort of a number of University Departments and institutions including University of Wageningen, Radboud University, the African Studies Centre in Leiden in the Netherlands, and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. The programme is funded by WOTRO, Science for Global Development and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO.
The project in South Sudan is under the theme ‘Reconstructing the State- Decentralized Land Governance and Relations of Governance in South Sudan’. It investigates how land reform and decentralized land governance is being implemented in a context where the state has been largely ‘absent’ as a result of the protracted North – South civil wars. Peter used ethnographic research approach for collection of primary data where he spent fifteen months (November 2011 – June 2012 and September 2012 – April 2013) in the field, mainly focusing on Yei River County in Central Equatoria state and the surrounding areas. His PhD project is articles-based, and topics of the different articles are found in the menu work in progress. The programme also produced a documentary titled ‘Governance off the Ground’.