Global Africa Group

The WUN Global Africa Group has been identified as one of WUN's Cross-Cutting themes. These themes intersect with all four Global Challenges and are seen as vital to understanding and addressing them. Cross-Cutting themes are selected based on identifed research strengths across WUN. 

The group brings together expertise and resources from across Africa and members from the Worldwide Universities Network to facilitate a two-way understanding of Africa. In alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Africa Group’s focus includes issues around:

  • Natural Resources & Management
  • Climate Change & Adaptation
  • Governance & Sustainable Development
  • Mining & Industry Policies
  • Gender & Development

The group further aims to foster mutual understanding and collaboration between African and international institutions and serves as a bridge between the African continent, the West and East.

The Global Africa Group takes an interdisciplinary approach to Africa and incorporates research strengths that exist in WUN across areas of social policy, politics, history, economics and anthropology to offer a broad view of Africa.

The direction and actions for the coming years are listed in the Strategic Plan 2016-18.

Africa related WUN funded projects (RDF 2015):

Please consult this overview of all active WUN Interdisciplinary Research Groups for other potential partners, such as:  

Funding Schemes 

  • Main links for schemes available to UK researchers

For Research Funding:

General information on funding opportunities in global development research available at UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

RCUK - Global Challenges Research Fund

British Council - The Newton Fund

Horizon 2020

The Wellcome Trust

British Council

For Partnerships:

UKAid Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform

  • Link for schemes available to Swiss-African research initiatives

The University of Basel has created funding database to promote Swiss-African research and to target early career scientists by broadening the access to funding information available.

Contact: Erich Thaler

  • Dr David Mickler, The University of Western Australia (Co-chair)
  • Prof Maano Ramutsindela, The University of Cape Town (Co-chair)
  • Professor Han Aarts, Maastricht University
  • Dr Julie Balen, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Ibrahim Bedi, The University of Ghana
  • Dr Gernot Klantschnig, The University of York
  • Professor Nikolaus Kuhn, The University of Basel
  • Dr Ann Laudati, The University of Bristol
  • Dr Robert Marchant, The University of York
  • Dr Susan Jim, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Bente E. Moen, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Léonce Ndikumana,  The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mr Erich Thaler, The University of Basel
  • Professor Leon Tikly, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Petra Tschakert,  The University of Western Australia
  • A/Professor Nesrin Varol, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Susannah Sallu, The University of Leeds

Understanding Cultures

Public Health (Non-communicable Disease)

Cross-Cutting Themes

Global Higher Education and Research

Responding to Climate Change