Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ANTHUSIA (Anthropology of Human Security in Africa)
Reporting period: 2018-01-01 to 2019-12-31
To establish a sustainable European Joint Degree (EJD) programme in Anthropology of Human Security in Africa (ANTHUSIA) between four leading universities: Aarhus, Edinburgh, Leuven, and Oslo, collaborating with other academic and non-academic partner organisations in and outside Africa.
To educate 15 top Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to produce academically excellent, policy-engaged and critical research that is relevant to current problems and possibilities in Sub-Saharan Africa and also relevant for security, economic growth and well-being in Europe.
To conduct empirical research on urgent human security issues in Africa from combined Anthropological, Human Security, and African Studies perspectives, including projects on health, infrastructure, borderlands, refugees livelihoods, youth, land, housing, energy, governance, informal economy, humanitarian and development interventions, which will produce new theoretical perspectives on inter-linkages between sectors, as well as innovative and applicable ideas.
To develop a strong inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research network across four leading European research institutions and partner organisations that will collaborate around ESR projects in Africa and develop a specialised school and field of excellence within Anthropology, Human Security and African
Studies with a view to sustaining the ANTHUSIA EJD and engendering future teaching and research initiatives.
To establish research collaborations with local, national and international partner organisations (in and beyond Africa) that will ensure the dissemination and impact of research and create diverse employment opportunities and career trajectories for ESRs.
To disseminate research findings in PhD theses, international peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, policy briefs, video presentations and through other relevant and innovative channels of communication to policy makers and implementers as well as to the public. Special emphasis will be put on the use of
visual media to communicate to policymakers and the public in engaging ways.
The second period of the project was a period of data collection for all ESRs as they have been doing approximately 12 months of fieldwork at their different research sites in various places in Africa. Most of them have also finished their secondment with the local partner organizations during this period. The third training event, Summer School 2 marked the ending of fieldwork for most ESRs. A few have stayed on during the first months of 2020 to conduct the last fieldwork for their research projects. The main focus of the ESRs in the remaining period of the project is on analysing their data and disseminating their research findings.