Makuena Leboela

I studied Economics and Statistics at the National University of Lesotho, in Southern Africa. I had never studied abroad, but thanks to Brookes' facilities for international students, it became a perfect journey!

My knowledge of the problems faced by poorer countries, especially in cities where urbanisation impacts on the poor, was limited. Fortunately, the course covered the wider issues and addressed problems such as informal settlements, the effects of urbanisation, land policy and globalisation. We became economists, engineers, urban planners and NGO workers, all working towards understanding the most pressing issues of developing countries.

After the course I enrolled as a DPhil student at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in the University of Oxford to research land tenure in Southern African cities. My research looks at formal and popular interpretations of land tenure and legal systems in peri-urban areas of Lesotho. It's all thanks to the course I took at Brookes.