Guma Kunda Komey

Guma Kunda KomeyFormer Member

Guma Kunda Komey is a social researcher, public academic and consultant living in Khartoum, Sudan. His areas of research include land rights, use and ownership, natural resource governance and management, ethno-national politics, state-society relations, conflict resolution and local peacebuilding. He has carried out numerous collaborative and individual research projects and consultancies in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan and other areas of Sudan and South Sudan.

Komey obtained a BA (Honours) in Geography from the University of Khartoum in 1987; an MA in International Development Economics from the Graduate School of International Relations at the International University of Japan in 1991 and a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 2005. From 2005-2008 Komey was a post-doctoral researcher in the project “Contested Autochthony: land and water rights and the relations of the sedentary (Nuba) and the nomadic (Baggara) people of the Nuba Mountains Region, Sudan” and the project “Market Institutions in Nomadic-Sedentary Relations in South Kordofan/ Nuba Mountains”. Both of these ethnographic research projects were financed by the German Research Foundation and situated within the LOST group. From 2011-2012 he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and in 2013 a visiting professor in International Development Studies at the University of San Francisco. Komey is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Peace and Development (JPD) and a member of the core teaching faculty of the Rift Valley Institute for the Sudan and South Sudan courses since 2009.

Current position
Associate Professor
University affiliation
Department of Geography and Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Bahri, Khartoum, Sudan



  • Komey, Guma Kunda, Buthaina Ahmed Elnaiem and Fayz Omer Jamei (2017) "Towards a Paradigm Shift in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution in Sudan." in Journal of Peace and Development 7 (1): 127-144.
  • Ille, Enrico, Guma Kunda Komey, and Richard Rottenburg (2015) "Tragic entanglements: Vicious circles and acts of violence in South Kordofan." in Sudan's killing fields: Political violence and fragmentation , edited by Laura Nyantung Beny and Sondra Hale, 117-137. Trenton: Red Sea Press.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2015) "The rights and status of the Christians as a religious minority in Sudan." in The Ahfad Journal Women and Change 32 (2): 14-24.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2014) "Popular Consultation as a Mechanism for Peaceful Social Order in the Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan." in Emerging Orders in the Sudans , edited by Sandra Calkins, Enrico Ille and Richard Rottenburg, 229-246. Bamenda, Cameroon: Langaa RPCIG.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2013) "The Nuba Political Predicament in Sudan(s): Seeking Resources Beyond Borders." in The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives , edited by Christopher Vaughan, Mareike Schomerus and Lotje de Vries, 89-109. Bringstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda, and Enrico Ille (2012) "Suq Sumbuq: Geheime Märke im sudanesischen Bürgerkrieg." in Nomaden in unserer Welt. Die Vorreiter der Globalisierung: Von Mobilität und Handel, Herrschaft und Widerstand , edited by Jörg Gertel and Sandra Calkins, 106-115. Bielefeld: Transcript.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2011) "The Historical and Contemporary Basis of the Renewed War in the Nuba Mountains." in Discourse 1 (1): 24-48.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2011) "Pastoral-sedentary market relations in a war situation: The Baqqara-Nuba Case." in Economic Spaces of Pastoral Production and Commodity Systems: Market and Livelihoods , edited by Jörg Gertel and Richard Le Heron, 79-106. Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2010) "Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan." London: James Currey.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2010) "The Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the questions of identity, territory and political destiny of the indigenous Nuba of the Sudan." in International Journal of African Renaissance 5 (1): 48-64.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2009) "Striving in the Exclusionary State: Territory, Identity and Ethno-politics of the Nuba, Sudan." in Journal of International Politics and Development 7 (2): 1-20.
  • Komey, Guma Kunda (2008) "The denied land rights of the indigenous peoples and their endangered livelihood and survival: The case of the Nuba of the Sudan." in Ethnic and Racial Studies 31 (5): 991-1008.