Fiction and Reality of Mobility in Africa

The aim of this project is to explore how to marry ethnography and fiction in understanding the intricacies, nuance and complexity of African mobility and mobile Africans as frontier beings. The project seeks to draw on rich ethnographies and ethnographic fiction depicting mobile Africans and their relationships to the places and people they encounter, to … [Read more]

Labour after Globalisation: new forms of organisation, new sources of power

In this book-length manuscript a puzzle will be dealt with, namely: the continuing decline of traditional trade unionism in advanced industrial countries, side by side with the growth of a new scholarship on global labour. A range of contemporary scholars will be challenged, most notably Manuel Castells in his three volume study of the Information … [Read more]

A comparative study of donor and state policies and operational approaches to addressing forced displacement due to armed conflict in the Horn of Africa

The global population of forcibly displaced persons due to armed conflict is about 44 million, comprising about 15.2 million refugees and 28.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). About one third of these displaced are found in Africa consisting of 10.5 million IDPs and 2.7 million refugees. The Horn of Africa contains over half of those … [Read more]

Ubuntu commercial nests in African indigenous markets in Nairobi: alternative business model for an emerging ‘African metropolis’

This research proposes that there is an ‘African metropolis’ that has been struggling for space and ascendancy in the City of Nairobi. It is made of the slum, urbanized villages, self-developed urban fringes and the African indigenous markets. The four spaces are inextricably bound to each other. African markets concentrate capital and labour in the … [Read more]

South African – Swedish effort on pre-hospital diagnostics of stroke and traumatic injuries

Stroke care represents one of the major global unmet challenges of the global health care system. Out of the 15 million yearly global sufferers 5 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled. A large proportion has dysfunctions which seriously affect quality of life for the patient and relatives. In the western world, stroke … [Read more]

Understanding Southern welfare – social policies in Brazil, India, China and South Africa

  A mid-term research programme focusing on the ideational foundations of social policies beyond traditional “Northern” welfare will be fleshed out. The basic ideas of “Northern” welfare are well documented, also with regard to historical backgrounds. “Northern” welfare primarily refers to policies whereby the state acknowledges responsibilities with respect to the individual welfare of its … [Read more]

Deeply equitable development: water provision and biodiversity offsetting in South Africa

Fulfilling human rights to a clean and healthy environment while sustaining that environment for present and future generations of humans and non-humans is unambiguously worthwhile until a nation tries to achieve these goals simultaneously. South Africa is a world leader as it implements laws and policies that promote human rights, raise citizens’ standards of living, … [Read more]

Toward reducing infant mortality via smart and low-cost pulse oximetry

Sepsis kills over six million children in the developing world every year, many of those die at home and thus it is believed that a distributed, community‐based intervention would be most effective in reducing mortality. I am part of a multidisciplinary research group that wants to put an end to this carnage by developing an … [Read more]

Analysing sub-Saharan African states through a limited access lens

During the past decade, an extraordinary disconnect regarding the futures of states in sub-Saharan Africa has emerged: ‘Aspiring Africa, the world’s fastest growing continent’ (in the words of The Economist on its title page), on the one hand, and, in the words of an economist, ‘informalised and subsistence Africa, with swathes of survivalist pockets of … [Read more]

Sisters-in-law: Scotland, South Africa, and the Law of Property

Perched, inconveniently, at opposite ends of the globe, Scotland and South Africa are nonetheless ‘sisters-in-law’ in the sense that their systems of private law are uncannily close. For in both countries private law is founded on the Civil or Roman law – in South Africa on the Roman-Dutch law brought to the Cape by the … [Read more]