Information Studies


Nenna Orie Chuku

PhD Candidate  

Department of Information Studies, University College London

Provisional Thesis Title

Sierra Leonean Returnees: Understanding Information Usages and Needs in Return Migration

Research Summary

My doctoral study explores the ways return migration is constructed through information-gathering and documentation. Conducting oral histories with Sierra Leonean returnees from the UK, my research seeks to understand the information resources, information systems and information landscapes developed and used within the community. My (current) guiding question is: How do the information experiences of Sierra Leonean returnees, challenge the conceptual framework and deployment of Eurocentric information systems used to understand human movement?

This study addresses the themes of information-seeking, administrative data collection, (post)colonialism, nationality and citizenship, and homing.

Research Interests

postcolonialism, return migration, information landscapes, information environments, Sierra Leonean diaspora, information systems, circular migration, transnationalism, colonialism, population longitude studies, narrative cartographies, Spatial Humanities, Sierra Leone Studies, Black British Studies

Wider Research Interests

West African Studies, Digital Humanities, Critical Race Theory (CRT), data visualisation, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), African studies, African diaspora


Dr Oliver Duke-Williams (Department of Information Studies, UCL)
Professor Annemaree Lloyd (Department of Information Studies, UCL)
Dr Adam Crymble (Department of Information Studies, UCL)

Dr Ben Page (UCL Department of Geography)


Studentship: London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Research and study abroad to Fourah Bay College, The University of Sierra Leone. Funder: Global Engagement Office Fund, UCL

Academic Background

MSc in Digital Humanities, UCL
MA in Arts Policy and Management, Birkbeck, University of London
BA (Hons) in Combined Arts in History of Art and History, University of Leicester

Public Engagement

ɛmti bag nɔ ba tinap - Documenting the intangible with the diaspora and the homeland 
Partners: Krio Heritage Foundation and Freetong Players
Funder: UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Small Grants 2019-20 
Blog piece: Collaborating with those at home and overseas, UCL DIS Student blog

Creating & Finding Voices: The Role of Oral History and Community-Led Archives in the African Diaspora 
Lead: Dr Hannah Ishmael (Senior Teaching Fellow, DIS)
Partner: Salone Abroad

Funder: UCL Culture, Beacon Bursary 2018-17 

Diaspora & I Talk Series
Funder: UCL Culture, Beacon Bursary 2018-17 
Diaspora & I Talk with Yovanka Paquete Perdigao 
Diaspora & I Talk with Sheila Maurice-Grey
Diaspora & I Talk with Jojo Sonubi, Black in the Day

Centres and Networks

UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Black IS
Racism and Racialisation PhD group

Migration Research Unit (MRU)
UCL Black Doctoral Student Network

Contact Details

Email: nenna.chuku.17@ucl.ac.uk