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.


Alter Balz Andrea  Back from greener pastures
Altrogge Judith Context and Agency in Assisted Return Migration to the Gambia. Migration regimes and the political effect of return
Amadou Mamane Tassiou Youth and public sphere in Niger: dynamics of the ‘fadas’ of Zinder
Badoux Miriam Corruption, Conflict and Cities in East and West Africa
Bishop Stephanie Zambian Water Diaries: Technology in Practice
Bobie Owusuaa Adwoa Rebranding African, Reclothing Africa: The influence of Emerging Designers in the Production of Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Nigerian Fashion Industry
Brunner Nina The impact of scaling up rectal artesunate on severe malaria case management practices in three Sub-Saharan Africa countries
Buhl-Colmsee Andrea Christina Images of Palliative Care in Tanzania – A Hospital-Ethnography in a Cancer Clinic in Dar es Salaam
Daoua Raja Emerging Trends, Developments and Opportunities of Islamic Finance: The Moroccan Case
Dietler Dominik Associations between natural resource extraction projects and environmental determinants of health in Africa
Geuder Jacob Images of Movements – YouTube and the Right to the City 
Giroux Jennifer Violence Next to Peace: Toggling between social spaces in the Niger Delta
Gonsalves Lianne Understanding the appeal of pharmacies as points of contraceptive access for young people in Kenya
Grogan Patrick Meredith The Berlin-Cape Nexus: Early Nineteenth-Century German Naturalists in the Cape Colony
Hella Jerry Tuberculosis transmission in rural and urban Tanzania: A modelling approach using shared re-breathed air in estimating airborne disease transmission
Herzog Kai Florian  Violent Encounters: Practices and Perceptions of Violence in Southern Namibia and the Northern Cape, c. 1880-1910
Ilesanmi Tolulope Esther Engendering the Colony: Maternal Health, Indigenous Knowledge and European Medicine in Southwest Nigeria, 1925-1960
Jenni Franziska Art/articulations: Art and the formation of Social Space in African Cities
Jenny Raphael Global Labour Relations at Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi’s International Oil Pipeline Construction in Zambia and Tanzania, 1966-1973
Kapinde Stephen Asol Political Sermons in Kenyas Quest for Democratic Governance between 1986 and 2010: A case Study of the selected sermons from the three Anglican Clergy
Karim Aliya 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
Kifyasi Andrea Azizi Diplomatic History of China Medical Assistance to Africa, a Case study of Tanzania, 1960s to 2015
Kocher Eva  The formation of the Sub-Saharan insurance industry in the second half of the 20th century
Krenz Juliane Land degradation and Carbon erosion in Southern Africa
Larsen Maren Camp Space and Urbanity in Goma, Eastern DR Congo
Leuenberger Andrea Associations between natural resource extraction projects and social determinants of health in Africa
Lühe Ulrike  Knowledge production and transitional justice in Mozambique
Lyonga Frida Homosexuality and the African: Change and Persistence of Homophobic Attitudes among African Migrants in Switzerland
Matowo Nancy Entomological and molecular characterization, insecticide resistance testing and screening for arboviruses, filarial worm and malaria parasites in culicine species in Ulanga and Kilombero districts, south-eastern Tanzania
Mbilo Céline Rabies Epidemiology in DR Congo and Chad 
Mhlanga Shakuntala Associations of pesticide exposure and media use on the neurobehavior of children in the Western Cape, South Africa
Michel Janet Towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) policy-roll out experience in South Africa. Lessons learned and recommendations aimed at reducing policy and practice gaps in UHC policy implemetation
Mlotshwa Langelihle Exploring incident HIV in Pregnant Women and Sexual Risk Behaviours and Practices in Soweto, South Africa
N'Dri Bédjou Prisca Malaria in Elibou region, south of Côte d’Ivoire: transmission and insecticide resistance
Ngwenya Brian  Order, Politics and Memory: African Police and State-Making in Zimbabwe, c1960-90
Nielsen Lotte Making the City: The Politics and Potentiality of Urban Uncertainty in Johannesburg, South Africa
Nimako Belinda Linkages between Natural Resource Extraction Projects and the Health System for Sustainable Development
Oderinde Peter Ayoola The role of Internet in migrants’ Christianity: A case study of Nigerian Pentecostal churches in Switzerland
Pring Jamie The role of African mediators in promoting inclusivity in international peace mediation
Rensing Julia Namibia-Germany: A Post-Colonial Heterotopia? Narratives and Negotiations of Colonial Legacies in Namibia and Germany
Rudnicka Marta Tastescapes in Ghana. Eating, tasting and culinary praxis in northern Ghana
Rutishauser Melina Participation in Social Health Protection: Women’s Engagement in Tanzania
Sampayo Vidal Melanie Violences et Résistances dans le théâtre postcolonial au Mali
Sarr Khadeeja "Haddy" Narratives of Identity, Multi-Sited Biographies, and Transnational Life-Modes of Highly Qualified Migrants. Senegambia Migrants in Switzerland and Swiss Migrants in Senegambia
Schwarz Joëlle Youth sexuality education and utilisation of reproductive health services in the African Great Lakes region
Scotto Giulia Oil Infrastructure and decolonization: ENI’s “African Scheme”
Sewordor Ernest British Imperial Imagination, Colonial Infrastructure, and the Cape-to-Cairo Road, c.1890-1960
Shayo Kuwawenaruwa August Joachim Effects of the regional complementary pharmaceutical supply system on improving access to medicines in Dodoma and Morogoro regions, Tanzania
Staudacher Sandra Health and Care of Elderly: “Children may help, Insha'Allah!” Ageing, Agency and Health in the City of Zanzibar, Tanzania
Tanner Mathias Interfaith Peacebuilding. Examining the Impact of Interfaith Peacebuilding Initiatives in a Violent Political Conflict with an Ethno-Religious Dimension in Jos, Nigeria
Tarr Natalie Interpreting the Administration: Burkina Faso's Courts in Translation
Tepebas Ufuk The role of Turkey’s development assistance policy in its foreign trade with East Africa
Unseld Frederik Art and the formation of Social Space in African Cities Third-party funded project
Wetterich Cita Violence against male Refugees – Patterns, Factors and Consequences for Individuals and Communities
Zanetti Jessica Gendered Perspectives on Occupational Change in Artisanal Gold Mining Communities in Burkina Faso


Admasie Samuel Andreas 2018 Dynamics of Assertive Unionism in Ethiopia
Aeby Michael  2016 Zimbabwe's Gruelling Transition: Interim power-sharing and conflict management in Southern Africa
Akawa Martha  2010 The Gender Politics of the Namibian Liberation Struggle
Alba Sandra  2010 An Evaluation of Integrated Interventions to Improve Access to Malaria Treatment in Tanzania (ACCESS PROGRAMME)
Ammann Carole 2017 The Work of State Imageries: Women and the Imageries of the State in Guinea
Barratt Christopher 2017 Using Next Generation Sequencing data to estimate the Biodiversity value of the Coastal Forests of East Africa
Bekele Demissie Ferdissa 2014 Ethnic Decentralization and Negotiating Statehood in Urban Ethiopia: A Case Study of Adama and Hawassa Cities
Boehi Melanie 2018 A South African social garden: people, plants and multispecies histories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Büchele Julia 2017 Expat Spouses in Kampala, Uganda: An Ethnography of Migration from the Global North
Bueno Bittencourt Silva Gabriela 2017 Lacuna Mozambique : adding an important piece to the African jigsaw puzzle
Bwong Beryl Akoth 2017 At the crossroads of two biodiversity hotspots : the biogeographic patterns of Shimba Hills, Kenya
Dongus Stefan  2009 Urban agriculture and operational mosquito larvae control: mitigating malaria risk in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
Dreier Marcel  2015 Health Care, Welfare, and Development in Rural Africa: Catholic health services in Ifakara/Tanzania in the 20th century
Dumbaugh Mari 2017 Influencing Factors on the Utilization of Maternal Health Services and Uptake of Family Planning in the Context of Conditional Cash Transrers, South Kivu, DRC
Egloff René  2012 Fotografie in Bamenda: Eine ethnographische Untersuchung in einer kamerunischen Stadt
Engeler Michelle  2013 Youth and the State in Guinea: Meandering Lives
Erismann Séverine 2017 Children’s intestinal parasite and nutritional patterns in face of integrated school garden, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in central Burkina Faso
Frei Bettina  2012 Sociality Revisited? The Use of the Internet and Mobile Phones in Urban Cameroon.
Fuh Divine  2009 Youth Masculinities and Prestige in Bamenda, Cameroon
Fürst Thomas 2014 Assessing morbidity and burden due to neglected tropical diseases at different geographical scales
Gehler Mariacher Gabriele M. 2008 Drug donations in Tanzania. Stakeholders' perception and knowledge
Geissbühler Yvonne  2008 Ecology and epidemiology of integrated malaria vector management in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Gerold Jana  2013 Full of Life: old age and care in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Giustizieri-Haberstroh Christine  2014 Writing the City. Narratives of Johannesburg’s Urban Space in Contemporary South African Literature
Granado Stefanie  2007 "C'est le palu qui me fatigue" : une étude en l'anthropologie de la santé sur les conceptions et les pratiques locales face au paludisme à Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Grolimund Andrea 2018 Ageing, Agency and Health in Dar es Salaam
Gross Karin  2012 Access to malaria prophylaxis and antenatal care in south-eastern Tanzania The role of institutions and livelihoods
Guyer Nanina  2015 Picturing Secrecy - A History of the Visualization of "Secret Societies" in Historical Photographs from West Africa
Hammel Tanja 2018 Shaping Science and Society at the Cape – A Relational History of Mary Elizabeth Barber 
Heer Barbara 2015 Spaces of Encounter and Unequal Neighbourhoods. A Comparative Ethnography of Agency, Space and Difference in Maputo and Johannesburg
Heitz Tokpa Katharina Elisabeth 2013 Trust and Distrust in Rebel-Held Côte d’Ivoire
Hellmüller Sara Anna 2014 Bridging the Gap – Examining Local Dimensions of International Peacebuilding in the DR Congo
Hürlimann Eveline  2014 Effects of parasitic infections on clinical outcomes, self-rated quality of life and physical fitness in Côte d’Ivoire
Indermaur Adrian 2016 Comparative ecology and phylogeography in east African cichild fishes
JeanRichard-dit-Bressel Verena 2013 Crowding at Lake Chad: An Integrated Approach to Demographic and Health Surveillance of Mobile Pastoralists and Their Animals 
Jimu Ignasio Malizani 2011 Peri-urban Land Transactions: Everyday Practices and Relations in Peri-urban Blantyre, Malawi
Kaufmann Andrea  2013 Spaces of Imagination Associational Life and the State in Post-War, Urban Liberia
Keitel Kristina 2017 e-POCT: Improving health outcomes of febrile childresn in Tanzania through innovative point-of-care technologies at the primary care level
Kesselring Rita  2013 Bodies of Truth. Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Koechlin Jappert Lucy 2010 Corruption as an Empty Signifier: Politics and Political Order in Africa
Kusmierz Katrin Dorothea 2010 Theology in Transition. Public Theologies in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Laube Anne 2018 The Organisation of Violence in the Actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army
Liedtke Hans Christoph 2014 The Evolution of Terrestrial Breeding in African Amphibians
Ludwig Susann 2018 La chance: En Ethnography. University Graduates making Sense of Uncertainty in Bamako, Mali
Luthra Sinha Bobby 2016 A Comparative Interpretation of Peoples’ Movements: Actors, Evolving Consciousness and Democratic Imagination in India and South Africa
Massue Dennis 2018 Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Bed Net (LLINs) for malaria control in Tanzania: Barriers to physical and chemical protection
Matthys Barbara  2007 The effect of irrigated urban agriculture on malaria, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in different settings of Côte d'Ivoire
Meier Lukas  2012 Swiss Science, African Decolonization and the Rise of Global Health, 1940-2010
Mengistu  Abebe Ameha 2012 Amphibian diversity, distribution and conservation in the Ethiopian highlands : morphological, molecular and biogeographic investigation on Leptopelis and Ptychadena (Anura)
Merron James 2017 Travelling technologies of the environment: Knowledges of water management and the transformation of land in South Africa
Miescher Giorgio  2009 Die Rote Linie. Die Geschichte der Veterinär– und Siedlungsgrenze in Namibia (1890er –1960er Jahre)
Moreillon Olivier 2017 Reading the Post-Apartheid City. Urbanite and Capetonian Literary Topographies in Selected Texts Beyond 2000
Mulugeta Abebe Allemmaya  2008 The potential of local institutions on conflict transformation among pastoralists: Case study in upper and middle Awash Valley of Ethiopia
Osei-Bonsu Victoria Amma Agyeiwaah 2018 Representations of the African Other in Selected Works of Joseph Conrad
Owusu Henry  Frimpong 2016 Insecticide Resistance Monitoring – a review of current methodology
Philipps Joschka 2016 Crystallizing Contention. A cumulative dissertation on youth, politics, and urban violence in Conakry, Kampala, and beyond
Posluschny-Treuner Myra 2017 Land grabbing or an essential move towards development? A case study of Ethiopia
Renggli Sabine 2018 Promoting Universal Health Coverage in Tanzania: An Evaluation of the Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Health Care (ISAQH)
Righetti Aurélie A.  2014 Aetiology of anaemia and public health implications in the Taabo health demographic surveillance system, south-central Côte d’Ivoire 
Rizzo Lorena  2010 Gender and Colonialism. A History of Kaoko (north-western Namibia) between the 1870s and the 1950s
Rubli Sandra  2014 Transitional Justice and State-Formation in Burundi
Sambaiga Richard Faustine  2013 Sexual inter-subjectivity and the quest for social well-being : an ethnographic inquiry of adolescent sexuality in urban Southern Tanzania
Sankieme Lusanga Ange  2011 Ethique de la migration. La valeur de la justice comme base pour une migration dans l’Union Européenne et la Suisse
Sanogo Aïdas 2019 Corruption, conflict and cities in West and East Africa
Schätti Zundel Christian  2012 Social and cultural features of vaccine acceptance and cost-effectiveness of an oral cholera mass vaccination campaign in Zanzibar 
Schicketanz Nicolas  2015 A History of Teacher Training Colleges in South Africa and the Effects of Teacher Training on Identity Formation
Schmid Pascal  2013 Medicine, Faith and Politics in Agogo. A history of health care delivery in rural Ghana, ca 1925 to 1980
Schneider Jürg  2011 Exploring the Atlantic Visualscape. Eine Geschichte der Fotografie in West und Zentralafrika, 1840-1890
Schultz Sabine 2017 The Game of Personal Politics or How to Rule a Kingdom. The State of Affairs in Rey Bouba/North-East Cameroon.
Schwärzler Patricia  2014 “ 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 
Siegenthaler Fiona  2012 Imageries of Johannesburg. Visual Arts and Spatial Practices in a Transforming City
Sill Ulrike  2007 Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood. The Basel Mission in Pre- and Early Colonial Ghana
Silvani Roman  2011 The Political Body and the Body Politic in J. M. Coetzee's Novels
Simon Vendelin Tarmo  2012 Ageing, Health and Care in Rural Tanzania
Ssempira Julius 2018 Bayesian spatial-temporal modeling of malaria risk in Uganda during 2009-2016, and the effect of control interventions and health system strengthening
Steuer Noemi  2011 Krankheit und Ehre. Über HIV und soziale Anerkennung in Mali
Sutherland Claudette Simone 2016 An elimination investment case (EIC) for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) Trypanosoma brucei (T.b.) gambiense (“sleeping sickness”)
Thiam Sokhna 2017 Spatial analysis of diarrhoea and environmental risk factors in an urban context in Senegal, West Africa
Tibaijuka Albert 2016 Multinational Mines and Communities of Place: Revisiting the Stakeholder Dialogue Discourse from Geita, Tanzania
Tschumi Regula  2012 The Figurative Palanquins and Coffins of the Ga of Southern Ghana
Wingate Vladimir 2018 Terrestrial ecosystem change monitoring: Satellite remote sensing the Namibian savannah biomes in the context of the global carbon cycle and local livelihoods
Yéré Henri Michel  2010 Citizenship, Nationality and History in Côte d’Ivoire, 1929-1999