At the Institute of African Studies we offer supervision for doctoral students as well as academic mentorships for postdocs. Supervision and mentorships take place on an individual basis and within a structured programme at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, part of the Research Academy Leipzig. Projects for academic qualifications are embedded in existing research projects or oriented towards our research foci. We discuss research projects in regular colloquia and among colleagues.

A homestead in rural South Africa with three components, a round hut and two rectangular buildings, all connected via electricity cables.
Connectivity in rural South Africa, Foto: Lara Krause

Our PhDs and their research projects

  • Emmanuel Agyemang (Leipzig)

    Getting a job in Ghana: Impacts of Social Networks on Labour Markets and Effects on Graduates Job Attainment in Urban settings of Ghana.
    Supervision: Dmitri van den Bersselaar with George M. Bob-Milliar, KNUST, Ghana

  • Enrico Behne (Leipzig)
    Organizational learning at the African Union
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Constanze Blum (Berlin)
    The African Union Border Programme
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Precious Chilufiya (Lusaka, Addis Ababa)
    The ZANU (PF) politics of legitimacy
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Wyatt Constantine (Leipzig)
    Political economy of labor in the Horn of Africa; Hargeisa as a critical transregional juncture
    Supervision: Dmitri van den Bersselaar

  • Temitope Faloye (Leipzig)
    Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Soft Skills Exhibition as Predictors of Female University Graduate Employability in South-West, Nigeria
    Supervision: Dmitri van den Bersselaar with Adebola Ekanola, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

  • Houd Kanazoe (Leipzig)
    Urban mobility in Bobo–Dioulasso: playing of actors and socio–spatial implications
    Supervision: Katja Werthmann
  • Reinet Loubser (Stellenbosch, cotutelle de thèse)
    Identity Politics in South Africa: Predicators and Outcomes
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel

  • Ulrike Luttenberger (Leipzig)
    Bureaucratic practices in Senegalese popular music
    Supervision: Adam Jones
  • Cleo Mahouva (Leipzig)
    Social business and the state in Cameroon
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Wiriranai B. Masara (Addis Ababa, Harare)
    The African Union and Intelligence Cooperation
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel

  • Patrick Erasto Mlinga (Leipzig, Dar es Salaam)
    The intersection of planning and practice in the city: an inquiry from socio–spatial navigation of city dwellers in urban Zanzibar
    Supervision: Rose Marie Beck
  • Édith Nabos (Leipzig)
    Nocturnal fluidities: navigating the urban night in Bobo-Dioulasso
    Supervision: Katja Werthmann
  • Michelle Ndiaye Ntab (IPSS, Addis Ababa) 
    The African Union at 50: Beyond the purpose of unity; the minimalist and maximalist visions of Africa's integration agenda
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Frank D. Owusu (Addis Ababa, IPSS)
    The democratic revolution in Tunisia
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Matthias Schmidtmeier (München) 
    Deutschland und Äthiopien: Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Theophile Shyiramunda (Leipzig)
    Communities’ Expectations from Higher Education Institutions in their Regions. A Case of two Higher Education Institutions in Northern Province of Rwanda
    Supervision: Dmitri van den Bersselaar with Fabien Hagenimana, INES Ruhengeri, Rwanda

  • Janneke Tiegna (Leipzig)
    Bürgerwehren in Burkina Faso: Jäger und Selbstverteidigungsgruppen in den westlichen Landesteilen
    Supervision: Katja Werthmann
  • Hatice Ugur (Leipzig)
    The social and intellectual networks of the Ottoman and East African worlds with special reference to Zanzibar in the late 19th century
    Supervision: Adam Jones
  • Michaela Unterholzner (Leipzig)
    Transkulturelle Begegnungen in Fotografien der Herrnhuter and Leipziger Mission aus Ostafrika, 1891 – 1940
    Supervision: Adam Jones
  • Annika Vosseler (Leipzig)
    The visual representation of Africa in European missionary drawings in the 19th and early 20th centuries
    Supervision: Adam Jones
  • Skollan Elisabeth Warnck (Leipzig)
    Intervention Data: ‘Mapping’ Conflict Intervention Practices of the African Union and ECOWAS
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel

  • Nora Witt (Berlin)
    Sociology of Zimbabwean non–GPA opposition
    Supervision: Ulf Engel
  • Nestor Zanté (Leipzig)
    Bürgerwehren in Burkina Faso: Selbstverteidigungsgruppen in den zentralen Landesteilen
    Supervision: Katja Werthmann

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