Patrick Kwasi Brobbey is an LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methodology at the Department of Methodology. He received a PhD in African Studies from The University of Edinburgh, an MA in Political Science from McGill University, and a BA (Hons.) in Sociology with Political Science from the University of Ghana.
With election management and electoral dispute resolution in Kenya as its case study, Patrick’s doctoral thesis examines the extent to which citizens’ appraisals of the quality of institutional performance reflect the actual performance/functioning of public institutions. This involves a within-case comparison involving two counties (Nairobi and Nyamira) and institutions (the judiciary and electoral commissions) and four electoral periods. Data was obtained through formal and informal one-on-one and group interviews, observations, and analysis of organisational documents and social and traditional media content.
Prior to joining the LSE, Patrick was a Tutor at the School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh and a Research and Evaluation Consultant for Merits Partnerships Inc. and the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group (CYSRG) and the Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) Research Group, The University of Edinburgh. Organisations whose work Patrick has done include World Vision International, MasterCard Foundation, and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). This work mostly focuses on organisational, generational, and gender issues in fragile settings, including those within Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.
Patrick’s broad research interests span comparative politics, international development, and conflict and peacebuilding. His specific interests are in the areas of democratization, electoral governance, electoral and ethnic conflicts, public service delivery, and public opinion formation. His regional interest is in sub-Saharan Africa.