Research Methods

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    The Global Marginalisation of the African Academy from an African Perspective

The Global Marginalisation of the African Academy from an African Perspective

Charles Ogeno calls for an expansion in capacity-building programmes as a way of addressing the resource inequality which is at the heart of the decolonising the academy debates.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

With a theme of “Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production,” the Africa in the World […]

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    What I learned about #PublicAuthority from spending two days with a bunch of anthropologists, political scientists and others

What I learned about #PublicAuthority from spending two days with a bunch of anthropologists, political scientists and others

Duncan Green reviews the annual CPAID workshop during which Public Authority researchers had a chance to discuss their upcoming work. 

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

The Centre for Public Authority and International Development had its annual get together in May 2018. It really hurt my head, but the pain was […]

Transformative Research: is it the way forward for Africa?

A growing number of policymakers, researchers and funding bodies have gotten excited about transformative research on Africa. Transformative research, they claim, may support progress towards economic, social and environmental sustainability in Africa and may enhance the participation of local actors in development research and cooperation. This may happen, if we actually knew what transformative research meant and how best […]

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    Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Anne Heffernan says this book represents an important contribution to the history of social anthropology by reclaiming the place of its foremothers.

Andrew Bank opens his new monograph, Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists, in the anthropology corridor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Bank describes this hallway as lined with a ‘fictitious lineage’ of portraits of […]

Calling all LSE blogs authors – we need your help!

Here at the LSE blogs, we’re always eager to follow up on our published posts and track the impacts that they have; whether this is mainstream media coverage, inclusion on a university course reading list, references in grey literature or in policy documentation. Much of this can be captured by link-tracking but there are inevitably cases we can’t pick […]

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    Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

LSE alumnus Samer Abdelnour examines the false causality in the gender-based violence and improved cook stoves agenda.

There is growing interest among humanitarian actors in interventions to protect vulnerable communities from gender violence, particularly displaced women and girls. Improved cookstoves are one such intervention. In fact, over the past decade hundreds of thousands of cookstoves have been delivered to women […]

Subverting Love Stories

LSE’s Clare Coultas questions the portrayal of love in global sexual health promotion campaigns and argues that it is imperative that connecting love with safety and protection in sexual health needs to be rooted in subversion for such campaigns to succeed.

Monogamous love is frequently used in global sexual health promotion efforts to try to inspire choices about “safe sexual […]

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    Sampling, snowballs and non-strategies: How to accidentally stumble upon data ​

Sampling, snowballs and non-strategies: How to accidentally stumble upon data ​

LSE’s Femke Gubbels describes the snowball sampling technique proved useful while doing research in Tanzania.

 
Participant sampling techniques are of relevance to any study involving human subjects. The options are myriad and choosing the right one hinges on what your research is trying to uncover. When conducting research guided by ethnographic principles, it is not uncommon to use snowball sampling; […]

Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies?

We need to put the ‘African’ in African Studies, not as a token gesture, but as an affirmation that Africans have always produced knowledge about their continent, says Robtel Neajai Pailey.

Last week, I was invited by Eritrean-Ethiopian masters student Miriam Siun of Leiden University’s African Studies Centre to give one of two keynote lectures on the topic, “Where Is the […]

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    Black Body to Black Body: Decolonizing Self and Liberating My Gaze

Black Body to Black Body: Decolonizing Self and Liberating My Gaze

Black bodies continue to be bound and unbound by histories not yet resolved, by present day realities that have not escaped the past, and by things that are far less tangible and much more felt,  argues LSE’s Imara Ajani Rolston.

Binyavanga Wainana wrote the following in satirical piece “How to Write about Africa”:
“Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa […]

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