The Centre for African Studies Basel ZASB coordinates Africa-related teaching and research at the University of Basel and its partner institutions. It is an acknowledged centre for interdisciplinary Africa-focused research and offers a Master's and a PhD in African Studies as well as a continuing education programme for professionals.


Study and further education programmes

Recent publications

Rita Kesselring, Stefan Leins and Yvan Schulz, 2019
Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain (Working Paper)

Based on research in Zambia, Switzerland and China, the interdisciplinary research project Valueworks examined the supply and value chain of one metal, copper, across three countries, Zambia, Switzerland and China.

Exploratory Study 2018

An exploratory study conducted on behalf of the Swiss Science Council SSC that examines the positioning of Switzerland on the level of international S&T policies.

Closely documenting the livelihood strategies of members of various neighbourhoods in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Roth’s work calls into question established notions of “the African family” as a solidary network, documents changing marriage and kinship relations under the impact of a persistent economic crisis, and explores the increasingly precarious social status of young women and men.

The Centre for African Studies


Building Rheinsprung 21

University of Basel
Centre for African Studies Basel
Rheinsprung 21
4051 Basel

Tel: +41 (0)61 207 34 82

How to find us:
The ZASB is very easy to reach by public transport. It takes about five minutes to reach the Centre from the tram/bus stops Schifflände (trams #6/8/11/14/16, buses #34/36) and Kunstmuseum (tram #1/2).