Writing and Researching the Political Economy of Inequality in Africa
Writing and Researching the Political Economy of Inequality in Africa is a programme of capacity building workshops and activities for Post Graduate and Early Career Researchers in any Development Assistant Committee country in Africa. The programme is initially funded by the British Academy for the first year. It will offer a series of workshops and mentoring for researchers interested in any area of inequality related to Africa. Participants in the workshops will be able to take part in the workshops, have a 1-2-1 mentoring programme to support them to develop and publish their research. Outside of these participants, anyone with an interest in the topic will be able to benefit from the free Massive Online Open Course.
The timeline for the first year of the programme is:
May-June 2021 - recruitment of participants.
June - December 2021 - Workshops and mentoring, MOOC development and launch.
February 2022 - Policy and Practitioner conference.
February 2022 - onwards - publication of outputs.
Sophia is Head of Politics and International Relations at Leeds Beckett University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Principal Investigator for the WARIA programme.
Chris is professor and SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and Senior Associate at the UJ School of Leadership. He is the former Head of politics and International Relations at UJ. Landsberg was educated at Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg); Rhodes; and Oxford, and holds MPhil and DPhil international relations degrees (Oxon). He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and is a former Hamburg Fellow at Stanford University in the United States (US). Previously he was director of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) in Johannesburg, and co-founder and former co-director of the Centre for Africa's International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is a co-editor of seven books, including From Cape to Congo: Southern Africa's Emerging Security Challenges, South Africa in Africa: The Post-Apartheid Era. Landsberg’s single-authored titles include The Diplomacy of Transformation: South African Foreign Policy and Statecraft; and The Quiet Diplomacy of Transition: International Politics and South Africa's Transition.
Dr Adewale Aderemi
Dr Westen Shilaho
Dr Marcel Nagar
Lesley is the Programme lead and lecture in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Derby (UK), and senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg, SARChI Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Prior to this Lesley was a senior researcher at Institute for Global Dialogue based in Pretoria, responsible for the management of projects on foreign policy and diplomacy. She received her PhD in International Relations from the University of Leicester, UK. Her research interests include foreign policy, global governance, and international diplomacy.
Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies, and Senior Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg. His research focuses on neoliberalism, moral economy, economic fraud and anti-fraud measures, particularly in Uganda and more recently Kenya too. His ongoing collaborative research project explore commercialisation of football in Kenya and Uganda. He is part of the editorial working group of Review of African Political Economy and contributes to the editorial work related to roape.net. He has published monographs, edited collections, articles, chapters and blog posts, amongst others in academic journals (New Political Economy, Journal of Agrarian Change and ROAPE), newspapers (Daily Monitor, Observer Uganda), and on websites such as Africa is a country (AIAC), Elephant, roape.net, Counterpunch, Truth out, Le Monde diplomatique, The Conversation, and Progress in Political Economy. He is founder and editor of the blog series Capitalism in Africa, and Economic trickery, fraud and crime in Africa(both run on roape.net), and, more recently, contributing editor to a blog and video project (coordinated by Mathare Social Justice Centre) on ‘Capitalism in my city’ (run on AIAC) and lead-editor of a new blog series on ‘Pressure in the city’ (run on developing economics.org).
Charlie is a Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Leeds, UK. His research explores how and why we understand the world as it is and how that informs our political behaviour. His conceptual outlook is broadly in line with French Regulation school and specifically in exploring international modes of social regulation and their role in the renegotiation of the subject. Charlie has published widely on enterprise and entrepreneurship, small business and the international political economy of slavery. Charlie is also General Secretary of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy.
Dr Frank Mattheis
Dr Mariel Reiss
Mariel Reiss holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Phillips-University of Marburg. Her research discusses the establishment processes and development of regional organizations and the roles of state and non-state actors in this regard. Her main focus lies with African regional organizations, in particular the East African Community. Currently she holds a position as postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Conflict Studies at the Philipps-University Marburg. Her new project on multilevel governance decision-making/negotiation practices concerning the de facto and de jure rights of LGBTIQ* people, funded by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts, starts in September 2021