Basel Graduate Network African Studies

The Basel Graduate Network African Studies seeks to integrate PhD students at the University of Basel across disciplines and faculties with specialized doctoral programmes. In cooperation with the Swiss Society for African Studies it promotes joint activities with other Swiss universities and the exchange within this national African Studies network.


Objectives and offering

The Graduate Network assists its members in tackling the methodological challenges related to Africa related research and interdisciplinary area studies and to make their findings relevant for the disciplines.

The programme, which is supported by swissuniversities, seeks to enhance the quality and relevance of both interdisciplinary and disciplinary Africa-related research offering targeted graduate workshops and courses in the following three domains: 

Research:  methodology, interdisciplinarity, theory building

Themes: thematic workshops related to the key areas of Africa-related research at the University of Basel or emerging out of the individual PhD-projects 

Skills: translation of research results into practice and application, presentation of results to academic and lay audiences

Would you like to join the Graduate Network?

If you are a PhD student at the University of Basel with a research focus on Africa you are invited to join the Graduate Network African Studies. PhD students at other Swiss or Eucor universities may apply for association.


Temitope Christina Adebayo-Ojo (Epidemiology)Developing an air quality health index for Cape Town, 2001-2016 
Faisal Nooh Ali (Epidemiology)Epidemiological and clinical investigations of chronic oncommunicable diseases in Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia and Switzerland 
Mamane Tassiou Amadou (Anthropology)Youth and public sphere in Niger: dynamics of the ‘fadas’ of ZinderProfile
Olalekan Oluwaseyi Arowosegbe (Epidemiology)Constructing surface level particulate matter concentration statistical models and investigating the association between particulate matter air pollution and adverse health outcomes in South Africa 
Samuel Bachmann (African Studies)The Future of African Heritage in Switzerland 
Miriam Badoux (Anthropology)Corruption, Conflict and Cities in East and West Africa 
Silvia Balzan (Anthropology)The work of Amâncio (Pancho) Guedes for the Swiss Mission. An ethnographic and historical account of modernist colonial architecture in postcolonial Mozambique 
Thomas Betschart (Urban Studies)How Transport Infrastructure shapes Territory in Contemporary AfricaProfile
Stephanie Bishop (African Studies)Zambian Water Diaries: Technology in Practice 
Andrea Christina Buhl-Colmsee (Anthropology)Images of Palliative Care in Tanzania – A Hospital-Ethnography in a Cancer Clinic in Dar es SalaamProfile
Jung Yeon (Jacqui) Cho (Political Science)  
Raja Daoua (Economics)Emerging Trends, Developments and Opportunities of Islamic Finance: The Moroccan Case 
Sharmarke Jama Dugsiye (Sociology)Pastoral Conflict Management and the Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Managing Pastoral Conflicts, Somali Region, Ethiopia 
Maria Esther Leticia Eburi Losoha (Epidemiology)Improvement of immunization uptake among pregnant women in Equatorial Guinea: Mixed methods approach 
Tolulope Esther Fadeyi (History)Engendering the Colony: Maternal Health, Indigenous Knowledge and European Medicine in Southwest Nigeria, 1925-1960 
Anaïs Galli (Epidemiology)Evaluating the effects of handwashing stations and hygiene promotion in primary health care facilities in the context of humanitarian emergencies 
Samantha Gamez (Political Science)  
Jennifer Giroux (Anthropology)Violence Next to Peace: Toggling between social spaces in the Niger Delta 
Andrea Graf (History)Out of Sight? Bilharzia in Madagascar as a Global History of ‘Neglected Tropical Diseases’, 1950 to the present 
Kai Florian Herzog (History)Violent Encounters: Practices and Perceptions of Violence in Southern Namibia and the Northern Cape, c. 1880-1910Profile
Max Hufschmidt (History)The Last Missionary Frontier: Health Care, Power, and Development in Lesotho in the 20th Century 
Olutoyin Ikuteyijo (Epidemiology)Understanding Sexual and Reproductive health of Female Adolescents and Experience of Gender-Based Violence in Slum Areas of Southwest Nigeria 
Franziska Jenni (Anthropology)Art/articulations: Art and the formation of Social Space in African Cities 
Seyram Kaali (Epidemiology)A Prospective Cohort Study on Early Life Household Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Childhood 
Tebuho Winnie Kanyimba (African Studies)  
Aliya Karim (Epidemiology)A Systems-Wide Analysis of the RAcE Programme: A Multi-Case Health System Study of an Integrated Community Case Management Program in Five African Countries 
Kingdom Karuwo (African Studies)  
Eva Kocher (History)The formation of the Sub-Saharan insurance industry in the second half of the 20th centuryProfile
Katienegnimin Seydou Konate (French Literature)Bestiaire et biotope végétal dans la littérature de jeunesse de Côte d’Ivoire 
Frida Lyonga (African Studies)Homosexuality and the African: Change and Persistence of Homophobic Attitudes among African Migrants in SwitzerlandProfile
Herry Mapesi (Epidemiology)Non-communicable diseases in people living with HIV in Rural Africa: tackle the double burden 
Matthias Maurer Rueda (Sociology)Immigration and political identity: Ethnographic studies of retribalization among political activists in Switzerland 
Sindi-Leigh McBride (African Studies)Political settlements and public spheres: comparative analysis of economic sophistication in South Africa and Nigeria 
Francis Daudi Mlacha (History)The history of insurances in East Africa 
Barbara Müller (African Studies)The Student Movement and the Matabeleland Conflict in Zimbabwe  
Kirubel Mussie (Biomedical Ethics)Ethical issues in the care of older people in Ethiopia 
Bédjou Prisca N'Dri (Epidemiology)Malaria in Elibou region, south of Côte d’Ivoire: transmission and insecticide resistance 
Brian  Ngwenya (History)Order, Politics and Memory: African Police and State-Making in Zimbabwe, c1960-90Profile
Lotte Nielsen (Anthropology)Making the City: The Politics and Potentiality of Urban Uncertainty in Johannesburg, South AfricaProfile
Belinda Nimako (Epidemiology)Linkages between Natural Resource Extraction Projects and the Health System for Sustainable Development 
Nesisa Analisa Nyathi (Environmental Sciences)Remote Sensing in Krüger Park 
Corinne Othenin-Girard (Sociology)Transhumanism, Technological Colonisation, Functional Diversity 
Julia Rensing (African Studies)Namibia-Germany: A Post-Colonial Heterotopia? Narratives and Negotiations of Colonial Legacies in Namibia and GermanyProfile
Marta Rudnicka (Anthropology)Tastescapes in Ghana. Eating, tasting and culinary praxis in northern GhanaProfile
Melina Rutishauser (Anthropology)Participation in Social Health Protection: Women’s Engagement in TanzaniaProfile
Melanie Sampayo Vidal (African Studies)Violences et Résistances dans le théâtre postcolonial au MaliProfile
Samuel Sarpanin (Theology)Akan Christology - towards a contemporary Akan Christology 
Giulia Scotto (Urban Studies)Oil Infrastructure and decolonization: ENI’s “African Scheme”Profile
Ernest Sewordor (Urban Studies)British Imperial Imagination, Colonial Infrastructure, and the Cape-to-Cairo Road, c.1890-1960Profile
Shreya Shrikhande (Epidemiology)Effects of climate change on cardiovascular diseases in South Africa 
Mathias Tanner (Theology)Interfaith Peacebuilding. Examining the Impact of Interfaith Peacebuilding Initiatives in a Violent Political Conflict with an Ethno-Religious Dimension in Jos, Nigeria 
Ufuk Tepebas (African Studies)The role of Turkey’s development assistance policy in its foreign trade with East AfricaProfile
Pius Jonas Vögele (African Studies)Afrofuturism Echoes Back – Hip Hop’s Sonic Fictions from Black Atlantis 
Cita Wetterich (Gender Studies)Violence against male Refugees – Patterns, Factors and Consequences for Individuals and CommunitiesProfile
Helene Widmer (Sociology)  
Ursula  Wüthrich Grossenbacher (African Studies)Impact of religion/spirituality (R/S) on the outcome of HIV care in different health settings in rural and urban Zimbabwe with a special focus on adolescent patients 
Samuel Andreas Admasie (African Studies)Dynamics of Assertive Unionism in Ethiopia 2018
Michael  Aeby (History)Zimbabwe's Gruelling Transition: Interim power-sharing and conflict management in Southern Africa 2016
Balz Andrea  Alter (Science of Religion)Back from greener pastures 2021
Carole Ammann (Anthropology)The Work of State Imageries: Women and the Imageries of the State in Guinea 2017
Alain Amstutz (Clinical Research)Supporting Lesotho on the way towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: Operational and clinical research addressing HIV/AIDS care in resource-limited settings 2021
Kpongbo Etienne Angora (Epidemiology)Population genetic structure and hybridization of schistosomes in schoolchildren in Côte d’Ivoire 2020
Christopher Barratt (Environmental Sciences)Using Next Generation Sequencing data to estimate the Biodiversity value of the Coastal Forests of East Africa 2017
Demissie Ferdissa Bekele (Political Science)Ethnic Decentralization and Negotiating Statehood in Urban Ethiopia: A Case Study of Adama and Hawassa Cities 2014
Owusuaa Adwoa Bobie (Sociology)Rebranding African, Reclothing Africa: The influence of Emerging Designers in the Production of Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Nigerian Fashion Industry 2020
Melanie Boehi (History)A South African social garden: people, plants and multispecies histories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 2018
Nina Brunner (Epidemiology)Treatment seeking and case management for suspected severe malaria in the context of implementing rectal artesunate 2021
Julia Büchele (Sociology)Expat Spouses in Kampala, Uganda: An Ethnography of Migration from the Global North 2017
Gabriela Bueno Bittencourt Silva (Environmental Sciences)Lacuna Mozambique : adding an important piece to the African jigsaw puzzle 2017
Beryl Akoth Bwong (Environmental Sciences)At the crossroads of two biodiversity hotspots : the biogeographic patterns of Shimba Hills, Kenya 2017
Anna Christen (Anthropology)Walking Together. Perils of Participation in Anthropology and Philosophy of Action. A Case Study in Post-Apartheid South Africa 2020
Dominik Dietler (Epidemiology)Impact of mining projects on environmental determinants of health and associated health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa: insights for guiding impact assessment practice 2020
Jin Ding (African Studies)China in Africa: Perspectives on development and emergence 2020
Marcel  Dreier (History)Health Care, Welfare, and Development in Rural Africa: Catholic health services in Ifakara/Tanzania in the 20th century 2015
Mari Dumbaugh (Epidemiology)Influencing Factors on the Utilization of Maternal Health Services and Uptake of Family Planning in the Context of Conditional Cash Transrers, South Kivu, DRC 2017
Michelle  Engeler (Anthropology)Youth and the State in Guinea: Meandering Lives 2013
Séverine Erismann (Epidemiology)Children’s intestinal parasite and nutritional patterns in face of integrated school garden, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in central Burkina Faso 2017
Thomas Fürst (Epidemiology)Assessing morbidity and burden due to neglected tropical diseases at different geographical scales 2015
Jana  Gerold (Anthropology)Full of Life: old age and care in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2013
Jacob Geuder (Sociology)Visualizing Urban Struggles: Video Activism as Utopian Practice 2020
Christine  Giustizieri-Haberstroh (Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies)Writing the City. Narratives of Johannesburg’s Urban Space in Contemporary South African Literature 2014
Lianne Gonsalves (Epidemiology)Understanding the role of pharmacies as contraceptive outlets for young people (ages 18-24) in Coastal Kenya 2020
Andrea Grolimund (Anthropology)Ageing, Agency and Health in Dar es Salaam 2018
Nanina  Guyer (History)Picturing Secrecy - A History of the Visualization of "Secret Societies" in Historical Photographs from West Africa 2015
Tanja Hammel (History)Shaping Science and Society at the Cape – A Relational History of Mary Elizabeth Barber  2018
Barbara Heer (Anthropology)Spaces of Encounter and Unequal Neighbourhoods. A Comparative Ethnography of Agency, Space and Difference in Maputo and Johannesburg 2015
Katharina Elisabeth Heitz Tokpa (Anthropology)Trust and Distrust in Rebel-Held Côte d’Ivoire 2013
Jerry Hella (Epidemiology)Understanding the epidemiology and transmission of tuberculosis among adults in rural and urban Tanzania 2021
Sara Anna Hellmüller (Political Science)Bridging the Gap – Examining Local Dimensions of International Peacebuilding in the DR Congo 2014
Eveline  Hürlimann (Epidemiology)Effects of parasitic infections on clinical outcomes, self-rated quality of life and physical fitness in Côte d’Ivoire 2014
Adrian Indermaur (Environmental Sciences)Comparative ecology and phylogeography in east African cichild fishes 2016
Verena JeanRichard-dit-Bressel (Epidemiology)Crowding at Lake Chad: An Integrated Approach to Demographic and Health Surveillance of Mobile Pastoralists and Their Animals  2013
Stephen Asol Kapinde (Theology)Political Sermons in Kenyas Quest for Democratic Governance between 1986 and 2010: A case Study of the selected sermons from the three Anglican Clergy 2020
Andrea  Kaufmann (Anthropology)Spaces of Imagination Associational Life and the State in Post-War, Urban Liberia 2013
Kristina Keitel (Epidemiology)e-POCT: Improving health outcomes of febrile childresn in Tanzania through innovative point-of-care technologies at the primary care level 2017
Rita  Kesselring (Anthropology)Bodies of Truth. Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa 2013
Andrea Azizi Kifyasi (History)Neither Saviour nor Exploiter: A Historical Study of China's Medical Assistance in Post-Colonial Tanzania 2021
Juliane Krenz (Environmental Sciences)Land degradation and Carbon erosion in Southern Africa 2019
Maren Larsen (Urban Studies)Worlding Home: Peacekeepers, Camp Space, and Urbanity in Goma, DRC 2020
Anne Laube (Sociology)The Organisation of Violence in the Actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army 2018
Andrea Leuenberger (Epidemiology)Investigating health impacts and equity in communities surrounding large natural resource extraction projects in sub-Saharan Africa: a contribution to sustainable development 2021
Hans Christoph Liedtke (Environmental Sciences)The Evolution of Terrestrial Breeding in African Amphibians 2014
Susann Ludwig (African Studies)La chance: En Ethnography. University Graduates making Sense of Uncertainty in Bamako, Mali 2018
Ulrike  Lühe (Political Science)Developing the African Union Transitional Justice Policy. A Study in the Practice(s) of Expertise in International Relations 2021
Bobby Luthra Sinha (African Studies)A Comparative Interpretation of Peoples’ Movements: Actors, Evolving Consciousness and Democratic Imagination in India and South Africa 2016
Dennis Massue (Epidemiology)Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Bed Net (LLINs) for malaria control in Tanzania: Barriers to physical and chemical protection 2019
Nancy Matowo (Epidemiology)Dynamics of insecticide resistance in Anopheles arabiensis and Culex pipiens complex, and its associations to agricultural practices in southern Tanzania 2021
Céline Mbilo (Epidemiology)Rabies Epidemiology in DR Congo and Chad  2021
James Merron (African Studies)Travelling technologies of the environment: Knowledges of water management and the transformation of land in South Africa 2017
Grace Mhalu (Epidemiology)Identifying community determinants of health seeking behaviour and the contribution of socio-cultural and gender aspects to improve tuberculosis case detection in Tanzania 2019
Shakuntala Mhlanga (Epidemiology)An epidemiological cohort study of children and adolescents investigating neurobehavioural effects from pesticide exposure and e-media use in South Africa 2020
Janet Michel (Epidemiology)Towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) policy roll-out experience in South Africa : how and why policy-practice gaps come about in a UHC context 2021
Langelihle Mlotshwa (Epidemiology)Exploring incident HIV in Pregnant Women and Sexual Risk Behaviours and Practices in Soweto, South Africa 2019
Olivier Moreillon (Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies)Reading the Post-Apartheid City. Urbanite and Capetonian Literary Topographies in Selected Texts Beyond 2000 2017
Betty Bukenya Nambuusi (Epidemiology)Assessing the effects of interventions on child and maternal health-related outcomes in Uganda 2019
Peter Ayoola Oderinde (African Studies)The role of Internet in migrants’ Christianity: A case study of Nigerian Pentecostal churches in Switzerland 2020
Victoria Amma Agyeiwaah Osei-Bonsu (Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies)Representations of the African Other in Selected Works of Joseph Conrad 2018
Henry  Frimpong Owusu (Epidemiology)Insecticide Resistance Monitoring – a review of current methodology 2016
Joschka Philipps (Sociology)Crystallizing Contention. A cumulative dissertation on youth, politics, and urban violence in Conakry, Kampala, and beyond 2016
Myra Posluschny-Treuner (Political Science)Land grabbing or an essential move towards development? A case study of Ethiopia 2017
Jamie Pring (Political Science)Making the Middle: Localizing Inclusivity in the IGAD-led Mediation in South Sudan (2013-2015) 2021
Sabine Renggli (Epidemiology)Promoting Universal Health Coverage in Tanzania: An Evaluation of the Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Health Care (ISAQH) 2017
Aurélie A.  Righetti (Epidemiology)Aetiology of anaemia and public health implications in the Taabo health demographic surveillance system, south-central Côte d’Ivoire  2014
Sandra  Rubli (Political Science)Transitional Justice and State-Formation in Burundi 2014
Richard Faustine  Sambaiga (Anthropology)Sexual inter-subjectivity and the quest for social well-being : an ethnographic inquiry of adolescent sexuality in urban Southern Tanzania 2013
Aïdas Sanogo (Anthropology)Corruption, conflict and cities in West and East Africa 2019
Khadeeja "Haddy" Sarr (African Studies)Narratives of Identity, Multi-Sited Biographies, and Transnational Life-Modes of Highly Qualified Migrants. Senegambia Migrants in Switzerland and Swiss Migrants in Senegambia 2021
Nicolas  Schicketanz (History)A History of Teacher Training Colleges in South Africa and the Effects of Teacher Training on Identity Formation 2015
Pascal  Schmid (History)Medicine, Faith and Politics in Agogo. A history of health care delivery in rural Ghana, ca 1925 to 1980 2013
Sabine Schultz (Anthropology)The Game of Personal Politics or How to Rule a Kingdom. The State of Affairs in Rey Bouba/North-East Cameroon. 2017
Joëlle Schwarz (Epidemiology)Family Planning in Burundi: Hegemonic Discourse, Reproductive Navigation and Embodied Experiences in a Fragile Context 2021
Patricia  Schwärzler (Epidemiology)“ De nos jours, chacun fait ce qu’il veut ” ? Dynamiques des relations sociales  et pratiques sexuelles  dans le contexte du VIH/sida  à Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso  2014
Kuwawenaruwa August Joachim Shayo (Epidemiology)The effects of Jazia prime vendor system in complementing the existing pharmaceutical supply chain across public healthcare facilities in Tanzania 2021
Julius Ssempira (Epidemiology)Bayesian spatial-temporal modeling of malaria risk in Uganda during 2009-2016, and the effect of control interventions and health system strengthening 2018
Sandra Staudacher (Anthropology)Cosmopolitan Aging in Urban Zanzibar: Elderhood, Health and Transnational Care Spaces Related to Oman 2019
Claudette Simone Sutherland (Epidemiology)An elimination investment case (EIC) for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) Trypanosoma brucei (T.b.) gambiense (“sleeping sickness”) 2016
Natalie Tarr (African Studies)Interpreting the Administration: Burkina Faso's Courts in Translation 2020
Sokhna Thiam (Epidemiology)Spatial analysis of diarrhoea and environmental risk factors in an urban context in Senegal, West Africa 2017
Albert Tibaijuka (African Studies)Multinational Mines and Communities of Place: Revisiting the Stakeholder Dialogue Discourse from Geita, Tanzania 2016
Frederik Unseld (Anthropology)Making Art Work: Articulating Art and Urban Marginality in Kisumu, Kenya 2020
Vladimir Wingate (Environmental Sciences)Terrestrial ecosystem change monitoring: Satellite remote sensing the Namibian savannah biomes in the context of the global carbon cycle and local livelihoods 2017