Research Methods

How diverse is your reading list? (Probably not very…)

The dominance of scholars from the global North is widespread, and this extends to the student curriculum. Data on reading lists shows large authorial imbalances, which has consequences for the methodological tools available in research and allows dominant paradigms in disciplines to remain unchallenged.

This article is part of the #CitingAfrica podcast series.

Students have long recognised that their reading lists […]

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    African and Development Studies: Scholarship in need of its own replication crisis

African and Development Studies: Scholarship in need of its own replication crisis

By exploring the decolonisation of knowledge production in African and Development Studies, Laura Mann delved into the global North-South divide and academia’s need for a crisis of replication, uncovering the ways in which current systems reinforce the status quo towards poor scholarship.

This article is part of the #CitingAfrica podcast series.

A few years ago, I read about the replication crisis rocking […]

Notes from the Field: Beginning a new research project

Pat Stys and Tom Kirk discuss the challenges of designing a new research project examining water governance in Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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

In early 2018, Mercy Corps DRC representatives approached LSE CPAID researcher Pat Stys to conduct research on […]

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    Notes from the Field: Dealing with Obstacles during Workshop Preparation

Notes from the Field: Dealing with Obstacles during Workshop Preparation

Written in advance of the CPAID Workshop in Mombasa, Papy Muzuri Batumike, Samuel Keith Muhindo Balume and Patrycja Stys, give an intimate insight into the challenges of workshop preparation while in the field.

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

Ahead of the CPAID workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, 5-8 September 2018, […]

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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 […]

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