Lukas Meier: Swiss Science, African Decolonization and the Rise of Global Health, 1940-2010

PhD-thesis, Department of History, University of Basel, 2012

After World War II, and especially during the decolonization era, Switzerland became more closely involved in African affairs. Swiss research institutions were established in both West and East Africa – the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques at Côte d’Ivoire and the Swiss Tropical Institute Field Laboratory in Tanganyika. Playing a key role in exchanges of individuals, ideas and objects between Switzerland and Africa, these institutions evolved into scientific hotspots, ultimately led by African scientists and deeply embedded within the local scientific systems. This volume analyzes the successive transformations and paradigm shifts of Swiss science in Africa – from the study of nature and collection of specimens, through development aspirations, to more recent research partnerships. By tracing this history from late colonialism to the period of development aid and structural adjustment, the work aims to contribute to a better understanding of the burgeoning field of global health.

Lukas Meier: Swiss Science, African Decolonization and the Rise of Global Health, 1940-2010 (Basler Beiträge zur Geschichtswissenschaft 186). Basel (Schwabe) 2014.