Basel has become a centre for Africa-related research. This development is rooted in a long research tradition at various institutions in the region and has been fostered by the University of Basel's strong commitment to research on, in, with and for Africa. Our Centre acts as an interface for exchange between disciplines, faculties and institutions outside the University.

Six key areas of activities (KAAs) have been defined on the basis of the competence and fields of research at the University of Basel and its partner institutions. In addition, each affiliated subject area, department and institution has its own research profile.


Key areas of activities

Research in the five key areas will help to close important gaps in our understanding of the processes of rapid change in Africa, provide opportunities to tackle conceptual and methodological challenges in interdisciplinary and disciplinary research, and contribute to social development on the continent.


Departments and partner organisations

The Research Network Africa is based on the competences and activities of different research groups, subject areas and departments at the University of Basel and at various partner organisations. They all contribute to research on, in, with and for Africa, as well as to teaching and training at ZASB.



 

AlterBalz Andrea Back from greener pastures
AltroggeJudithContext and Agency in Assisted Return Migration to the Gambia. Migration regimes and the political effect of return
AmadouMamane TassiouYouth and public sphere in Niger: dynamics of the ‘fadas’ of Zinder
BadouxMiriamCorruption, Conflict and Cities in East and West Africa
BishopStephanieZambian Water Diaries: Technology in Practice
BobieOwusuaa AdwoaRebranding African, Reclothing Africa: The influence of Emerging Designers in the Production of Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Nigerian Fashion Industry
BrunnerNinaThe impact of scaling up rectal artesunate on severe malaria case management practices in three Sub-Saharan Africa countries
Buhl-ColmseeAndrea ChristinaImages of Palliative Care in Tanzania – A Hospital-Ethnography in a Cancer Clinic in Dar es Salaam
DaouaRajaEmerging Trends, Developments and Opportunities of Islamic Finance: The Moroccan Case
DietlerDominikAssociations between natural resource extraction projects and environmental determinants of health in Africa
GeuderJacobImages of Movements – YouTube and the Right to the City 
GirouxJenniferViolence Next to Peace: Toggling between social spaces in the Niger Delta
GonsalvesLianneUnderstanding the appeal of pharmacies as points of contraceptive access for young people in Kenya
GroganPatrick MeredithThe Berlin-Cape Nexus: Early Nineteenth-Century German Naturalists in the Cape Colony
HellaJerryTuberculosis transmission in rural and urban Tanzania: A modelling approach using shared re-breathed air in estimating airborne disease transmission
HerzogKai Florian Violent Encounters: Practices and Perceptions of Violence in Southern Namibia and the Northern Cape, c. 1880-1910
IlesanmiTolulope EstherEngendering the Colony: Maternal Health, Indigenous Knowledge and European Medicine in Southwest Nigeria, 1925-1960
JenniFranziskaArt/articulations: Art and the formation of Social Space in African Cities
JennyRaphaelGlobal Labour Relations at Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi’s International Oil Pipeline Construction in Zambia and Tanzania, 1966-1973
KapindeStephen AsolPolitical Sermons in Kenyas Quest for Democratic Governance between 1986 and 2010: A case Study of the selected sermons from the three Anglican Clergy
KarimAliyaA Systems-Wide Analysis of the RAcE Programme: A Multi-Case Health System Study of an Integrated Community Case Management Program in Five African Countries
KifyasiAndrea AziziDiplomatic History of China Medical Assistance to Africa, a Case study of Tanzania, 1960s to 2015
KocherEva The formation of the Sub-Saharan insurance industry in the second half of the 20th century
KrenzJulianeLand degradation and Carbon erosion in Southern Africa
LarsenMarenCamp Space and Urbanity in Goma, Eastern DR Congo
LeuenbergerAndreaAssociations between natural resource extraction projects and social determinants of health in Africa
LüheUlrike Knowledge production and transitional justice in Mozambique
LyongaFridaHomosexuality and the African: Change and Persistence of Homophobic Attitudes among African Migrants in Switzerland
MatowoNancyEntomological 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
MbiloCélineRabies Epidemiology in DR Congo and Chad 
MhlangaShakuntalaAssociations of pesticide exposure and media use on the neurobehavior of children in the Western Cape, South Africa
MichelJanetTowards 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
MlotshwaLangelihleExploring incident HIV in Pregnant Women and Sexual Risk Behaviours and Practices in Soweto, South Africa
N'DriBédjou PriscaMalaria in Elibou region, south of Côte d’Ivoire: transmission and insecticide resistance
NgwenyaBrian Order, Politics and Memory: African Police and State-Making in Zimbabwe, c1960-90
NielsenLotteMaking the City: The Politics and Potentiality of Urban Uncertainty in Johannesburg, South Africa
NimakoBelindaLinkages between Natural Resource Extraction Projects and the Health System for Sustainable Development
OderindePeter AyoolaThe role of Internet in migrants’ Christianity: A case study of Nigerian Pentecostal churches in Switzerland
PringJamieThe role of African mediators in promoting inclusivity in international peace mediation
RensingJuliaNamibia-Germany: A Post-Colonial Heterotopia? Narratives and Negotiations of Colonial Legacies in Namibia and Germany
RudnickaMartaTastescapes in Ghana. Eating, tasting and culinary praxis in northern Ghana
RutishauserMelinaParticipation in Social Health Protection: Women’s Engagement in Tanzania
Sampayo VidalMelanieViolences et Résistances dans le théâtre postcolonial au Mali
SarrKhadeeja "Haddy"Narratives of Identity, Multi-Sited Biographies, and Transnational Life-Modes of Highly Qualified Migrants. Senegambia Migrants in Switzerland and Swiss Migrants in Senegambia
SchwarzJoëlleYouth sexuality education and utilisation of reproductive health services in the African Great Lakes region
ScottoGiuliaOil Infrastructure and decolonization: ENI’s “African Scheme”
SewordorErnestBritish Imperial Imagination, Colonial Infrastructure, and the Cape-to-Cairo Road, c.1890-1960
ShayoKuwawenaruwa August JoachimEffects of the regional complementary pharmaceutical supply system on improving access to medicines in Dodoma and Morogoro regions, Tanzania
StaudacherSandraHealth and Care of Elderly: “Children may help, Insha'Allah!” Ageing, Agency and Health in the City of Zanzibar, Tanzania
TannerMathiasInterfaith Peacebuilding. Examining the Impact of Interfaith Peacebuilding Initiatives in a Violent Political Conflict with an Ethno-Religious Dimension in Jos, Nigeria
TarrNatalieInterpreting the Administration: Burkina Faso's Courts in Translation
TepebasUfukThe role of Turkey’s development assistance policy in its foreign trade with East Africa
UnseldFrederikArt and the formation of Social Space in African Cities Third-party funded project
WetterichCitaViolence against male Refugees – Patterns, Factors and Consequences for Individuals and Communities
ZanettiJessicaGendered Perspectives on Occupational Change in Artisanal Gold Mining Communities in Burkina Faso

 

AdmasieSamuel Andreas2018Dynamics of Assertive Unionism in Ethiopia
AebyMichael 2016Zimbabwe's Gruelling Transition: Interim power-sharing and conflict management in Southern Africa
AkawaMartha 2010The Gender Politics of the Namibian Liberation Struggle
AlbaSandra 2010An Evaluation of Integrated Interventions to Improve Access to Malaria Treatment in Tanzania (ACCESS PROGRAMME)
AmmannCarole2017The Work of State Imageries: Women and the Imageries of the State in Guinea
BarrattChristopher2017Using Next Generation Sequencing data to estimate the Biodiversity value of the Coastal Forests of East Africa
BekeleDemissie Ferdissa2014Ethnic Decentralization and Negotiating Statehood in Urban Ethiopia: A Case Study of Adama and Hawassa Cities
BoehiMelanie2018A South African social garden: people, plants and multispecies histories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
BücheleJulia2017Expat Spouses in Kampala, Uganda: An Ethnography of Migration from the Global North
Bueno Bittencourt SilvaGabriela2017Lacuna Mozambique : adding an important piece to the African jigsaw puzzle
BwongBeryl Akoth2017At the crossroads of two biodiversity hotspots : the biogeographic patterns of Shimba Hills, Kenya
DongusStefan 2009Urban agriculture and operational mosquito larvae control: mitigating malaria risk in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
DreierMarcel 2015Health Care, Welfare, and Development in Rural Africa: Catholic health services in Ifakara/Tanzania in the 20th century
DumbaughMari2017Influencing Factors on the Utilization of Maternal Health Services and Uptake of Family Planning in the Context of Conditional Cash Transrers, South Kivu, DRC
EgloffRené 2012Fotografie in Bamenda: Eine ethnographische Untersuchung in einer kamerunischen Stadt
EngelerMichelle 2013Youth and the State in Guinea: Meandering Lives
ErismannSéverine2017Children’s intestinal parasite and nutritional patterns in face of integrated school garden, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in central Burkina Faso
FreiBettina 2012Sociality Revisited? The Use of the Internet and Mobile Phones in Urban Cameroon.
FuhDivine 2009Youth Masculinities and Prestige in Bamenda, Cameroon
FürstThomas2014Assessing morbidity and burden due to neglected tropical diseases at different geographical scales
Gehler MariacherGabriele M.2008Drug donations in Tanzania. Stakeholders' perception and knowledge
GeissbühlerYvonne 2008Ecology and epidemiology of integrated malaria vector management in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
GeroldJana 2013Full of Life: old age and care in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Giustizieri-HaberstrohChristine 2014Writing the City. Narratives of Johannesburg’s Urban Space in Contemporary South African Literature
GranadoStefanie 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
GrolimundAndrea2018Ageing, Agency and Health in Dar es Salaam
GrossKarin 2012Access to malaria prophylaxis and antenatal care in south-eastern Tanzania The role of institutions and livelihoods
GuyerNanina 2015Picturing Secrecy - A History of the Visualization of "Secret Societies" in Historical Photographs from West Africa
HammelTanja2018Shaping Science and Society at the Cape – A Relational History of Mary Elizabeth Barber 
HeerBarbara2015Spaces of Encounter and Unequal Neighbourhoods. A Comparative Ethnography of Agency, Space and Difference in Maputo and Johannesburg
Heitz TokpaKatharina Elisabeth2013Trust and Distrust in Rebel-Held Côte d’Ivoire
HellmüllerSara Anna2014Bridging the Gap – Examining Local Dimensions of International Peacebuilding in the DR Congo
HürlimannEveline 2014Effects of parasitic infections on clinical outcomes, self-rated quality of life and physical fitness in Côte d’Ivoire
IndermaurAdrian2016Comparative ecology and phylogeography in east African cichild fishes
JeanRichard-dit-BresselVerena2013Crowding at Lake Chad: An Integrated Approach to Demographic and Health Surveillance of Mobile Pastoralists and Their Animals 
JimuIgnasio Malizani2011Peri-urban Land Transactions: Everyday Practices and Relations in Peri-urban Blantyre, Malawi
KaufmannAndrea 2013Spaces of Imagination Associational Life and the State in Post-War, Urban Liberia
KeitelKristina2017e-POCT: Improving health outcomes of febrile childresn in Tanzania through innovative point-of-care technologies at the primary care level
KesselringRita 2013Bodies of Truth. Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Koechlin JappertLucy2010Corruption as an Empty Signifier: Politics and Political Order in Africa
KusmierzKatrin Dorothea2010Theology in Transition. Public Theologies in Post-Apartheid South Africa
LaubeAnne2018The Organisation of Violence in the Actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army
LiedtkeHans Christoph2014The Evolution of Terrestrial Breeding in African Amphibians
LudwigSusann2018La chance: En Ethnography. University Graduates making Sense of Uncertainty in Bamako, Mali
Luthra SinhaBobby2016A Comparative Interpretation of Peoples’ Movements: Actors, Evolving Consciousness and Democratic Imagination in India and South Africa
MassueDennis2018Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Bed Net (LLINs) for malaria control in Tanzania: Barriers to physical and chemical protection
MatthysBarbara 2007The effect of irrigated urban agriculture on malaria, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in different settings of Côte d'Ivoire
MeierLukas 2012Swiss Science, African Decolonization and the Rise of Global Health, 1940-2010
Mengistu Abebe Ameha2012Amphibian diversity, distribution and conservation in the Ethiopian highlands : morphological, molecular and biogeographic investigation on Leptopelis and Ptychadena (Anura)
MerronJames2017Travelling technologies of the environment: Knowledges of water management and the transformation of land in South Africa
MiescherGiorgio 2009Die Rote Linie. Die Geschichte der Veterinär– und Siedlungsgrenze in Namibia (1890er –1960er Jahre)
MoreillonOlivier2017Reading the Post-Apartheid City. Urbanite and Capetonian Literary Topographies in Selected Texts Beyond 2000
Mulugeta AbebeAllemmaya 2008The potential of local institutions on conflict transformation among pastoralists: Case study in upper and middle Awash Valley of Ethiopia
Osei-BonsuVictoria Amma Agyeiwaah2018Representations of the African Other in Selected Works of Joseph Conrad
OwusuHenry  Frimpong2016Insecticide Resistance Monitoring – a review of current methodology
PhilippsJoschka2016Crystallizing Contention. A cumulative dissertation on youth, politics, and urban violence in Conakry, Kampala, and beyond
Posluschny-TreunerMyra2017Land grabbing or an essential move towards development? A case study of Ethiopia
RenggliSabine2018Promoting Universal Health Coverage in Tanzania: An Evaluation of the Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Health Care (ISAQH)
RighettiAurélie A. 2014Aetiology of anaemia and public health implications in the Taabo health demographic surveillance system, south-central Côte d’Ivoire 
RizzoLorena 2010Gender and Colonialism. A History of Kaoko (north-western Namibia) between the 1870s and the 1950s
RubliSandra 2014Transitional Justice and State-Formation in Burundi
SambaigaRichard Faustine 2013Sexual inter-subjectivity and the quest for social well-being : an ethnographic inquiry of adolescent sexuality in urban Southern Tanzania
Sankieme LusangaAnge 2011Ethique de la migration. La valeur de la justice comme base pour une migration dans l’Union Européenne et la Suisse
SanogoAïdas2019Corruption, conflict and cities in West and East Africa
Schätti ZundelChristian 2012Social and cultural features of vaccine acceptance and cost-effectiveness of an oral cholera mass vaccination campaign in Zanzibar 
SchicketanzNicolas 2015A History of Teacher Training Colleges in South Africa and the Effects of Teacher Training on Identity Formation
SchmidPascal 2013Medicine, Faith and Politics in Agogo. A history of health care delivery in rural Ghana, ca 1925 to 1980
SchneiderJürg 2011Exploring the Atlantic Visualscape. Eine Geschichte der Fotografie in West und Zentralafrika, 1840-1890
SchultzSabine2017The Game of Personal Politics or How to Rule a Kingdom. The State of Affairs in Rey Bouba/North-East Cameroon.
SchwärzlerPatricia 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 
SiegenthalerFiona 2012Imageries of Johannesburg. Visual Arts and Spatial Practices in a Transforming City
SillUlrike 2007Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood. The Basel Mission in Pre- and Early Colonial Ghana
SilvaniRoman 2011The Political Body and the Body Politic in J. M. Coetzee's Novels
SimonVendelin Tarmo 2012Ageing, Health and Care in Rural Tanzania
SsempiraJulius2018Bayesian spatial-temporal modeling of malaria risk in Uganda during 2009-2016, and the effect of control interventions and health system strengthening
SteuerNoemi 2011Krankheit und Ehre. Über HIV und soziale Anerkennung in Mali
SutherlandClaudette Simone2016An elimination investment case (EIC) for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) Trypanosoma brucei (T.b.) gambiense (“sleeping sickness”)
ThiamSokhna2017Spatial analysis of diarrhoea and environmental risk factors in an urban context in Senegal, West Africa
TibaijukaAlbert2016Multinational Mines and Communities of Place: Revisiting the Stakeholder Dialogue Discourse from Geita, Tanzania
TschumiRegula 2012The Figurative Palanquins and Coffins of the Ga of Southern Ghana
WingateVladimir2018Terrestrial ecosystem change monitoring: Satellite remote sensing the Namibian savannah biomes in the context of the global carbon cycle and local livelihoods
YéréHenri Michel 2010Citizenship, Nationality and History in Côte d’Ivoire, 1929-1999