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African Political Economy


The LSE African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between the LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Our regular seminars are a forum for members to present working papers, and for a discussion of new research in the field. These seminars are open to all faculty, fellows, and PhD students working on issues of African politics, or related development or political economy issues. The group also jointly hosts a yearly Working Group on African Political Economy, which is an all-day conference for the discussion of ongoing research in African politics and political economy by UK and EU scholars.

Organisers: Dan Berliner (GV), Chelsea Johnson (GV), Milli Lake (IR)

Meetings: Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted below). Followed by drinks at Ye Olde White Horse.

Upcoming events

Michaelmas Term

Thursday 11 October 2018: Room CON 7.05
Adam Harris, UCL
"Inter-Marriage, Ethnic Mixing, and Ethnic Voting in Africa”

Thursday 29 November 2018: Room CON 7.05
Elliott Green, LSE
“The Politics of Ethnic Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Lent Term

Tuesday 15 January 2019 (Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:30pm, 32L 3.05)
Pia Raffler, Harvard University
Co-sponsored with Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar

Thursday 28 February 2019: Room NAB 2.08
Ken Opalo, Georgetown University
“Political Incentives for Education Reform in Tanzania” 

Thursday 14 March 2019: Room NAB 2.08
Adrienne LeBas, American University
TBA