AfriScotia is a portmanteau (when two words are combined to create a new word) created through combining the continent of Africa and Scotia (Latin medieval word for Scotland). The name is intended to be symbolic as to the overarching aim of joining together Africa and Scotland through research, training, and cultural activities. Please look to our vision & mission statements for much more detail in this regard.

AfriScotia Origins

AfriScotia was created by Dr Allan T. Moore, a senior lecturer at the University of West London (UWL), who at the time of the organisation’s creation was the programme leader for the undergraduate criminal justice degree at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Dr Moore remains an external member of the UWS Centre for African Research on Enterprise & Economic Development (CAREED), and their Centre for Culture, Sport & Events (CCSE). Dr Moore has had family links with Africa sincle long before becoming an academic over fifteen years ago, having three cousins who are equally Scottish and Nigerian through the marriage of his Scottish Uncle and Nigerian Aunt.

Professor Gayle McPherson (Director of CCSE), Oluwasei Aina (PhD Student), Dr Allan T. Moore at CCSE Seminar, February 2020. Photo Copyright Univeristy of the West of Scotland.

Following an undergraduate law degree (with first class honours), and further postgraduate qualifications gained, a major part of Dr Moore’s PhD (on arbitrary justice processes) involved a comparative study which included analysis of the justice systems of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (then Swaziland), Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

On employment with UWS in 2007, Dr Moore initially had a role as lecturer in law, before moving sideways to take up a position as lecturer in criminology & criminal justice. In 2017 he became the programme leader for that degree. Dr Moore moved employment to a position as senior lecturer at UWL in January 2022. In addition, between 2010 and the present day, Dr Moore has had a range of contracted external examining roles with Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen), University of Westminster (London), De Montfort University (Leicester), Glasgow Caledonian University, and London Southbank University. Throughout his career, Dr Moore has maintained a research, consultancy, and teaching focus on Africa, with experience ranging from participating in international extradition proceedings in London, to being invited to carry out activities or speak at international events in settings including the Netherlands, Kenya, The Gambia and Rwanda.

Dr Moore has extensive experience of research and training in the African context, including on the ground experience ‘in country’ on a variety of projects. Several of these are listed in the Past Work section of this website.


Your presence, and your invaluable contribution… allowed us to successfully organize this important conference

Amb. Jean Pierre Karabaranga – Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the Netherlands, May 2019

We appreciate the valuable knowledge and vast first-hand experiences that you brought to the panel discussions and group work as well as in the informal sessions

International Centre for Peace,
Human Rights and Development in Africa, February 2020

AfriScotia – Connecting Africa & Scotland


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