Since September 2015, he is working on a dissertation on spatial transformations in East Africa caused by the construction of the Uganda Railway (see ‘Research’). His work is supervised by Lucy Riall and Stéphane Van Damme. Norman’s current research interests include, inter alia, the global history of East Africa and the Indian Ocean, food history, the history of health and disease, and the history and theory of historiography (see ‘Publications’).
Together with Veronika Settele, he founded the interdisciplinary Working Group “Food and Health” at Free University Berlin (www.food-history.com). The working group regularly holds conferences and workshops. The results are published in popular media and scientific literature.
For more information, please visit his Academia page.