SSSUK promotes learning and provides resources for anyone with an interest in South Sudan and/or Sudan. Members enjoy access to our flagship journal, Sudan Studies for South Sudan and Sudan, published twice a year. Join us!

The Sudan Studies Society of the United Kingdom was established in 1987. Our name was officially changed in 2016 to the Society for Study of the Sudans UK, to reflect our continuing interest in South Sudan after its independence.

Aims, activities and governance

SSSUK's overall aim is to promote the study and understanding of the South Sudan and Sudan in all their aspects. It serves the general public in this regard, but provides some specific benefits for members, including exclusive early access to the Society's twice-yearly journal. Anyone with an interest in South Sudan and/or Sudan, however general or specialised, is welcome to join.

SSSUK holds a Symposium and General Meeting every year, usually in September. The fostering of international links is also important and the Society is in regular contact with other similar societies. SSSUK cooperates with our sister organisation the Sudan Studies Association of North America (SSA) and others in the organisation of International Sudan Studies Conferences. These have been held in Khartoum (1988), Durham (1991), Boston (1994), Cairo (1997), Durham (2000), Washington DC (2003), Bergen (2006), Pretoria (2009) and Bonn (2012).

SSSUK is incorporated as a UK charity (No. 328272), and is registered with the Charity Commission. Its trustees are elected by the members for renewable three-year terms. The trustees form the nucleus of the governing Committee, and carry out their duties in accordance with the Constitution of the Society, last amended in 2016. The Committee may co-opt others with particular skills and experiences to join them in the deliberations and executive work of the Committee.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Society are available here.

The members also periodically elect the honorary President of the Society. Our current President is the distinguished author, Leila Aboulela.

'The Tree' by SSSUK President, Ibrahim El Salahi


President:  Leila Aboulela (re-elected 2023)

Trustees (elected Committee members):

Name Date of Election Post
Ms Gill Lusk 2022 Chairperson
Ms Fidaa Mahmoud 2023 Joint Deputy Chairperson
Mr Mawan Muortat 2023 Joint Deputy Chairperson
Mr Francis Gotto 2023 Secretary
Ms Shiemaa Ahmed 2023 Treasurer
Ms Charlotte Martin 2023 Journal Editor
Dr A. Azim El Hassan 2021  
Mr Adrian Thomas 2022  
Dr Rebecca Bradshaw 2022  
Rev. Dr Andrew Wheeler 2022  
Ms Jane Hogan 2023  
Mr Aly Verjee 2023  

Co-opted Committee Members:

Name Date of Co-option Post
Mr Jacob Akol 2021  

Simon Bush


Dr Douglas H. Johnson 2013  

Dame Rosalind Marsden


Jihad Mashamoun 2023  
Mr John Ryle 2013  
Prof. Peter Woodward 2013  


Contact us

Correspondent Main topics for correspondence Contact details


(Ms Gill Lusk)

The programme of the Annual Symposium and AGM. Liaison with organisers of the International Sudan Studies Conference

email: chair@sssuk.org


(Mr Francis Gotto)

General information about SSSUK email: secretary@sssuk.org


(Ms Shiemaa Ahmed)

Joining and renewal of SSSUK membership; most other matters involving payments


email: treasurer@sssuk.org

Editor of Sudan Studies

(Ms Charlotte Martin)

Submission of articles to Sudan Studies email: sudanstudies@sssuk.org

Website Manager

(Mr Mawan Muortat)

Posting of items on SSSUK website, ideas for design and coverage of website email: website@sssuk.org