Dr Atenchong Talleh Nkobou

Dr Atenchong Talleh Nkobou


Lecturer in International Rural Development.


University responsibilities

I am Lecturer in International Rural Development at the Royal Agricultural University. I hold a BSc in Biochemistry (University of Buea), BHon in Agribusiness and Business Administration (CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences), MSc Agricultural Food Production and Environmental Protections (Uni Hohenheim), and a PhD in International and Rural Development (University of Reading). My research focuses on the political economy of agrarian systems, land tenure and food security, including human rights-based approaches to development. I am also interested in interdisciplinary research, which focuses on critiquing contemporary approaches to development theory and practice. I have teaching and independent research consultancy experience in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and East Africa.


  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong & A. Ainslie (2021) 'Developmental Nationalism?' Political Trust and the politics of large-scale land investment in Magufuli's Tanzania, Journal of East African Studies 15 (3): 378-399. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2021.1951944
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong, A. Ainslie, S. Lemke, (2021) Broken Promises: A Rights-Based Analysis of Marginalised Livelihoods and Food Insecurity Experiences in Large-Scale Land Investments in Rural Tanzania, Food Security https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-021-01195-3
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong (2021). Historical Contextualism: The Role of the MERL in the Twenty-first Century, 51 Voices project MERL, https://merl.reading.ac.uk/wp- content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Object_10_-_Groundnut_Film_-_The_MERL-51_Voices.pdf
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong (2020). "The Trepidations of a PhD Researcher – Who Are You and Why Are You Here?" Area 53 (2): 257-263. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12672.
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong & J. A., Francis. (2020) A position paper on the future drivers of research and innovation; implication for EFARD - priorities, partnerships and funding, April 2020. 23pp.
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong (2020) Public-private partnerships and technology transfer: a baseline survey of business environment reforms and local content requirements in Tanzania, http://hdl.handle.net/10625/59831, IDRC.CRDI, Canada, March 2020.
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong (2020) Putting the International Development Department of the University of Reading at the Centre of the Decolonising Development Discourse, University of Reading, 23pp
  • Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong British colonial policy in Tanzania: Research-Based Curriculum for Key Stage 5 history, https://www.access-ed.ngo/british-colonial-policy-in-tanzania, Access-Ed, UK, February 2020
  • Francis, A. Judith & Talleh Nkobou, Atenchong CAAST-Net Plus (2014), Africa-EU Research Collaboration of Food Security: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Coordination and Uptake of Finding.– Caast-net-plus.org https://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/food-security/news/gaps-africa-eu-food-security-r-d-links.html