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

  • Rukiya Bakari (Leipzig)
    The role of women in peacebuilding: a study of Casamançais women's use of traditional methods to conflict resolution
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Enrico Behne (Leipzig)
    Organizational learning at the African Union
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Constanze Blum (Berlin)
    The African Union Border Programme
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Precious Chilufiya (Lusaka, Addis Ababa)
    The ZANU (PF) politics of legitimacy
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Julian Friesinger (Leipzig)
    Electoral violence in Africa
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Leon Hartwell (Sydney)
    'To mediate or not to mediate': the mediation dilemma
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Houd Kanazoe (Leipzig)
    Urban mobility in Bobo–Dioulasso: playing of actors and socio–spatial implications
    Betreuer: Katja Werthmann
  • Rüdiger Lauberbach (Leipzig)
    Politics of higher education in Ethiopia
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Ulrike Luttenberger (Leipzig)
    Bureaucratic practices in Senegalese popular music
    Betreuer: Adam Jones
  • Cleo Mahouva (Leipzig)
    Social business and the state in Cameroon
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Claudia Marggraf (Göttingen)
    Behind closed doors. How expert networks diffuse policies in the African peace and security architecture
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel (2nd supervisor)
  • 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
    Betreuer: Rose Marie Beck
  • Felix Müller (Berlin, SPP 1448 Teilprojekt)
    Political traditions in transition: Ghanaian intellectuals and ideologies
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Édith Nabos (Leipzig)
    Nocturnal fluidities: navigating the urban night in Bobo-Dioulasso
    Betreuer: 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
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Frank D. Owusu (Addis Ababa, IPSS)
    Rethinking multidimensionality: peacekeeping operations in the post Cold–War era in Africa
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Matthias Schmidtmeier (München) 
    Deutschland und Äthiopien: Eine Verflechtungsgeschichte
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Tony Ssembatya (Berlin)
    Citizenship and stateless persons in Uganda and Kenya
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Gerrie Swart (Stellenbosch)
    The African Union and the conflict in Libya
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Janneke Tiegna (Leipzig)
    Bürgerwehren in Burkina Faso: Jäger und Selbstverteidigungsgruppen in den westlichen Landesteilen
    Betreuer: 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
    Betreuer: Adam Jones
  • Michaela Unterholzner (Leipzig)
    Transkulturelle Begegnungen in Fotografien der Herrnhuter and Leipziger Mission aus Ostafrika, 1891 – 1940
    Betreuer: Adam Jones
  • Annika Vosseler (Leipzig)
    The visual representation of Africa in European missionary drawings in the 19th and early 20th centuries
    Betreuer: Adam Jones
  • Dorothea Werfel (Dresden)
    Infrastructures for peace in West Africa
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Nora Witt (Berlin)
    Sociology of Zimbabwean non–GPA opposition
    Betreuer: Ulf Engel
  • Nestor Zanté (Leipzig)
    Bürgerwehren in Burkina Faso: Selbstverteidigungsgruppen in den zentralen Landesteilen
    Betreuer: Katja Werthmann

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