Professor Emeritus, African Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Expertise/Research Interests: history and politics of education; skills development; education aid policy; Jua Kali enterprises in Kenya; and China-Africa cooperation in human resource development, especially in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa.
Bio: Kenneth King was the Director of the Centre of African Studies and Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Edinburgh until September 2005. He spent a year in the University of Hong Kong, 2006/7 as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schools of Education, and of Arts. He is now Emeritus Professor in the School of Education and also of Social and Political Sciences. Much earlier he had taught at the University of Nairobi, and for four years he was seconded to Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa. He is author of numerous books and articles including, most recently, China's Aid and Soft Power in Africa, The Case of Education and Training (James Currey), which came out in 2013.