Sussex Africa Centre

Research

Sussex Africa Centre research revolves around 7 key themes:

Bringing together researchers from the humanities and social sciences, this strand of research includes research on: war and memory in Algeria and Zimbabwe; comparative research on nationalism citizenship and history teaching in African schools; research on print media and popular culture; life histories and biography, and the cultural politics of urban space in Africa.  Funders include AHRC, ESRC, ERC and charitable foundations.  Members maintain links with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

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This strand of research combines anthropological, geographical, legal and developmental perspectives on conflict and rights in African transnational contexts, bringing together the conflict, violence and development cluster of the Institute of Development Studies, with members of the School of Global  Studies.   It hosts the large Armed Conflict Location and Events Data base which is developing innovative means of monitoring conflict across the continent, working with civic and human rights groups to create better information about humanitarian emergencies.

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Research on mobility and African transnational connections within and beyond the continent includes studies of: transit migration in North Africa, the politics of asylum and new diasporic communities in Europe, rural-urban migration and the politics of vulnerability, protection and livelihoods in African urban spaces.  Researchers in this cluster are members of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research and the large DfID-funded consortium Migrating Out of Poverty. 

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Research at Sussex combines work on the politics of land, water and other natural resources with cutting-edge new scholarship on climate change and its social impacts. It brings together environmental and social scientists, including researchers from the Institute of Development Studies, SPRU, Geography and Anthropology.

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Research at Sussex on energy and technology in Africa is notable for its cutting-edge interdisciplinarity across the natural, engineering and social sciences. This includes collaborations between development studies and science and technology studies, particularly through the ESRC-funded STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability). This involves researchers at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), Global Studies, and IDS. A major focus is on technology transitions and low carbon development in Africa.

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This strand links researchers across the campus, including major initiatives on global health, gender and sexuality.  It brings together research at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, with scholars in the university’s School of Global Studies and the Institute of Development Studies.   Research includes a body of work on HIV-AIDS in Africa and on African migrant health.  Members maintain close links with the University’s Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence.

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Scholarship on education youth and citizenship combines researchers based at Sussex’ large Centre for International Education and researchers in the School of Global Studies.  There is a strong body of policy-oriented research, notable for its close engagement with African educational institutions and practitioners.

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Banner image: Signpost cluster in Uganda. Photograph by Katie McQuaid.