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Africa at LSE is a platform for the latest expert analysis on African political, social and economic affairs, placing the continent at the heart of contemporary global debates.

Multidisciplinary in scope, the blog provides accessible yet critical commentary and analysis from academics, practitioners and policymakers to enhance public understandings of the continent.

Africa at LSE is hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa.



The Africa at LSE blog welcomes submissions from researchers across the social sciences, as well as practitioners and policymakers engaged in work on the African continent. The blog encourages the latest research and analysis written in an accessible style to reach the widest possible audience. Submissions from researchers based in Africa are particularly encouraged.

Submissions should be strictly between 800–1,200 words, written for a wide audience and start by highlighting the broader context. To view the blogging guidelines for submissions please see here. For further information, or to submit a blog, please contact the editor via email:

Please be aware we receive a large number of submissions and we will make our best efforts to confirm receipt.

Editorial board

Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence at LSE, with research interests in criminal procedure, the law of evidence and hate crime.

Dr Omar McDoom is Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics at LSE concerned with conflict, violence and security and ethnic and religious integration.

Dr Claire Mercer is a researcher at LSE and works at the interface of Human Geography, African Studies and Development Studies with expertise in the African diaspora.

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Unless otherwise specified, all Africa at LSE posts are published under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). This means that you are free to republish them unmodified and properly attributed, with a link to the original article. Please take care with imagery, however, as items may occasionally remain under copyright.

Comments policy
This blog welcomes feedback and comments in accordance with certain guidelines.

The views expressed on the Africa at LSE blog are those of the authors alone. They do not reflect the position of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, nor that of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university. LSE believes that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours.

The Africa at LSE blog receives financial support from the HEIF5 programme run by LSE Knowledge Exchange.

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