Impacts, opportunities and challenges related to community sustainable livelihoods: A case study of the potamonautid conservation in Chimanimani, Eastern Highlands

Human population growth threatens the integrity of 0.8% of the Earth’s freshwater ecosystems globally, through reduction of its ability to support biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. The aim of the project is to assess direct or indirect community livelihoods impacts on preservation of crab species Potamonautes spp., and attempt to identify opportunities and constrains to … [Read more]

Complexity and the Shift in Modern Science

Science has shifted in the last 120 years from a grounding in the Enlightenment ideas of formalism, determinacy, rationality, and stasis; to a new grounding in organicism, indeterminacy, contingent behavior, and evolutionary openness. It has moved from “prim dreams of pure order” to an embrace of “messy vitality.” Part of this shift has been caused … [Read more]

Migration Vulnerability and Access to Social Protection

The project concerns the availability, adequacy and access to social protection of three selected vulnerable migrant categories, i.e.: (i) migrants exposed to climate or environmental change; (ii) migrants in the informal economy, with specific reference to migrants who move in an informal work capacity and migrant workers who become part of the informal economy in … [Read more]

And Still I Rise

This project is an autobiography. Whilst it is inevitably centred around me, it is however not about me. It is an attempt to tell the story of our people in the time that I lived, and my role in that part of our collective story. As a result, incidents and events of national importance, epochs … [Read more]

Producing the self through play online

The notion of playing with identity through physical appearance is particularly evident in society. The aim of this project is to consider play as drive for the online production of self. Social media allows consumers to craft the self they present online as they effectively manage impressions others form of them. Consumers thus play with … [Read more]

Towards a Politics of Singularity, or Beyond Identity Politics

Cutting across the boundaries of recent political theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophy, this project aims to show that the link between one human being and another, the social bond, consists of a traumatic encounter. I argue that the self relates to the uniqueness of the other human being as something that is beyond its reach, grasp … [Read more]

An Emerging Middle Class, Changing Mortuary Practices, and a New Funeral Economy in Northern Ghana

My current research project looks at recent dramatic changes to funerals among the Dagara of northwestern Ghana. Funerals in Africa more generally have been noted as enabling members of an extended family to come together to reaffirm their membership in the wider family and also compete for social prestige. Building on the works of scholars … [Read more]

Interrogating Women’s Pathways into and Engagement with Political Power in Africa: A Comparative Study of Uganda and South Africa

Over the past few decades the presence of women in government also called descriptive representation has increased significantly because of a greater acceptance of quotas or reserve seats for women. A large body of literature produced in the global North shows that descriptive representation of women is some circumstances leads to substantive representation, or women … [Read more]

The Role of Laws, Policies, and Constitutional Rights in Advancing Gender Equality in Africa and Globally

In every country, women earn less than men; in all but five, women are less likely to have paid employment. The impacts on income at the individual, household, and national levels are profound: according to the McKinsey Global Institute, closing the gender gap in labor force participation by 2025 could increase global GDP by $28 … [Read more]

The Anticipatory Perspective: What Next?

An anticipatory behavior is a behavior that ‘uses’ the future in its actual decision process. Anticipation as here understood includes two mandatory components: a forward-looking attitude, and the use of the former’s result for action. A weather forecast in itself is not anticipatory in my sense. Watching a weather forecast and as a consequence taking … [Read more]