The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Institute exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa – from Eritrea and Sudan in the north to Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the south, extending westwards to Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and including Madagascar and the islands of the Indian Ocean. It has a strong tradition of research in anthropology, archaeology, history and linguistics, and recent projects have embraced political, environmental and development studies, geography, public health, and art and performance. Its renovated research centre in Nairobi provides work space and accommodation for researchers and visiting academics, an excellent reference library and seminar / lecture facilities. The Institute offers financial support and logistical assistance to research projects, and runs a graduate attachment scheme.

The Institute is sponsored by the British Academy and has its London office at their headquarters in Carlton House Terrace. It is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital, and is a registered charity. It is governed by its Council, which is based in London and is elected by its members.

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The Institute publishes the journal Azania: archaeological research in Africa, a leading archaeological periodical for the region, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Both have four issues per year and are produced in conjunction with Taylor and Francis. Membership is open to all and we would be delighted if you would join us.

BIEA Nairobi Office


Published 20/8/14   6:56AM

NMK/BIEA Lecture

Strategic use of landscape by hominins in the Levant and Kenya Rift (4 September 2014. 10.30-11.30 am) by Geoffrey King. Dept of Archaeology, University of » Read more…

Published 19/8/14   1:05PM

BIEA Annual Nairobi Lecture 2014

The Swahili: What we know and how we know (23rd January 2015, 6.00 pm) by Professor Chapurukha Kusimba, American University, Washington D.C.

Published 1/5/14   3:50PM

BIEA British Academy Annual Lecture 2014

Title: “New State: Clean slate? Change And Continuity In South Sudanese State Formation.” This year’s annual lecture will take place on Thursday 20th November, 6.00PM » Read more…

Published 27/9/13   3:20PM

Membership Fees and Subscriptions for 2014

Annual membership of the British Institute in Eastern Africa is open to all, and runs from January to December each year. Full membership costs just » Read more…

Published 4/9/13   2:00AM

BIEA Now Accepting MPesa Payments

We are glad to announce that the BIEA is now accepting MPesa payments. This service is available to local members (in Kenya) through the convenience » Read more…

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