Mr Megersa Tolera
Megersa Tolera Abdi(1985 GC-) is a PhD fellow at Haramaya University, Department of Sociology in Peace and Development program. He born and brought up in western Oromia, Ethiopia. He has hold two Masters Degrees in Regional and Local Development Studies from Addis Ababa University where he also held his bachelor's degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and Masters of Business Administration from Rift Valley University. He was a staff member of Arsi University, Department of Sociology and Social Work teaching different courses for the last three years, served as the Department Chairman and attended community service activities. He used to teach Community Development in Bishoftu Community Development Training College and Rift Valley University Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology before he joined Arsi University. Apart from his regular duty he has involved on extra-curricula works like developing TTLM for TVET trainees( on Community Development), Developing assessment tools for TVET trainees and offering some professional services in collaboration with Oromia Labour and Social Affairs, Bureau, Women and Children Affairs Bureau and Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social workers and Anthropologist. His research interest includes Local Economic Development, Sociology of Development, Peace and development studies, livelihood and sustainability, culture and peace building, women and peace building and federalism and ethnic conflicts. Megersa has been influenced by the works of Peter Eike who wrote a book entitled "the two public", Marxian and Weberian theories as well as Frank Furt school of Critical theories of which he very much admired is Antonio Gracia.