MSc African Studies Dissertation

Students must take great care to plan their work toward the submission of the 15,000 word dissertation, which must include discussion of the comparative reading, historiography, or theory relevant to the research project. The dissertation is due at the end of Week 6 of Trinity Term. Topics will be developed by the students in association with their dissertation supervisors. Topics may fall within any area for which supervision can be provided. Students wishing to progress to a doctoral programme on Africa will be advised as to the most appropriate choice of option and dissertation topic within the MSc. In the Oxford postgraduate system, the masters dissertation can feed directly into a subsequent doctoral thesis.

Once a topic has been agreed, the form and title of the dissertation must be settled. Students are expected to work steadily in gathering research data for the dissertation, in consultation with the supervisor. It is expected that drafts will be prepared during Hilary Term and over the Easter vacation. Final revisions to the dissertation can be completed during Trinity Term.

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Dissertation Titles

MSc African Studies students are required to write a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words. Past dissertations are available for consultation in the Terence Ranger Reading Room at the African Studies Centre. Students preparing for their own theses may wish to consult those of relevant interest:


Dissertation Titles 2016-2017


Dissertation Titles 2015-2016

Walk and never stumble': Palm wine, performativity and material panoply in the Nigerian campus Kegite Club

Putting your money where your mouth is: Investment decisions in Africa amid inconsistencies of GDP data and discourse
Exploring Diversity in an Urban Suburb - Responses to Change in Brixton, Johannesburg
"Ne soyons pas plus Dieu que Dieu": narratives of laïcité and post-colonial politics in contemporary Senegal
Goan identities and self-understandings in colonial and post-colonial Tanzania
The Technocrat and the Gate: What motivates the civil service to include the private-sector in Kenya Vision 2030's Konza Technology City project?
Industrialization through agro-processing: a case study examination of the potential of tomato processing in Malawi
Street Path to survival: Origins and Character of Commercial Motorbike Operations in Sierra Leone
A Legacy Ignored: The Experiences Of Black Veterans Of The Rhodesian African Rifles After 1956
The Arafo of the Gold Coast: Masculinity and Violence in the Colonial Period
From October to September: Lessons from the 1964 revolution
Spiritual Citizenship, Power and Agency in Religious Spaces: A Case Study of Antoa Nyamaa in Ghana
ጩኸት ብቻ : ‘Just Noise’ Popular Music in Post-2005 Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet
The Meaning of Lobola in the Lives of People in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
Caught between the past and future: Layers of meaning at Constitution Hill
#NationalShutDown: The politics of the national student protest and  movement of 2015 at Wits Univesity
Doing' Gender in security sector governance: The case of Rwanda
Where are you really from? Motivations, expectations, fears and realities of 2nd and 3rd generation British born Ghanaians moving back to the continent
Aspiration, Mobile Money, and Gender in Malawi
Locally Led, Politically smart development - Still missing the link on power'?
The Multi-Dimensional Politics of Rhino Conservation in Uganda
Gender equity in Kenyan politics: Deadlock in the implementation of constitutional affirmative action provisions in the National Assembly
Life histories of the homeless in Cape Town: Marginality and institutions in a city
Understanding the incorporation of women after power is captured: The case of the Rwanda Patriotic Front - 1994-2003
Òrò Egbogi: Power and materiality in the Language of Youba Traditional Medicine
The Securitisation and De-securitisation of Eastleigh during Operation Usalama Watch


Dissertation Titles 2014-2015

SEXFOR GRADES AND REVISION-AIDS? A Study of Corruption, Governance and Policy Reform in Ghanaian Universities

The Grass is always Greener: How 'soldade' and the idea of 'longing for' in morna music plays a vital role in shaping the transnational identity of Cape Verdeans within and beyond the country's borders.

If at first you don't suceed…': A Critical Discourse Analysis of the United Nations Peacebuilding Mission in Jonglei State, South Sudan

"Before you're a DJ you're a woman": navigating gendered space, society and music as a female DJ in Gauteng

Background and limits of Corporate Social Investment in South Africa: the case of Mercedes-Benz

Killing the news and keeping the peace: The Case of 2013 Kenya Election

Chewing Over Change: New dynamics in the global miraa trade

Local solutions to local problems?  A case study of the Allan Gray company

Dilemma of the First Time Voter: An Exploration of the factors that influence the voting decision of first time voters in Ghana

Stomach Infrastructure, Reformism, and Market Politics: Political Mobilization in the June 21st Ekiti State Governorship Election

Youth, Politics and Participation: The case of Highfield Suburb, Zimbabwe 2000-2008

Ten Years of Turkish Engagement in Africa: Discourse, Implementation and Perception in Somalia

"We are a chicken family": The History of a Ghanaian Family Business and its changing relationships with state and markets

Charting Womens's Migration from the Eastern Cape, South Africa: A Perspective from  the Village

Cattle and Rocks: A Social History of Shepherds in the Mountain Kingdom

Building (in) Ghana: Identity and Politics of the Built-up Form, c. 1945-1965

A revaluation of the emergence and control of trypanosomiasis in the Uganda protectorate 1901-1911

The Past in the Present? The contemporary Articulation of Katangese Identity

Women and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Cote D'Ivoire

Visualising voices of Youth: The role of a media advocacy project in a South African social movement.

Different Pitches, Different Possibilities: Football and Peacebuilding in Post Genocide Rwanda

Popular Support For Police Violence In Nairobi

Public-Private Partnerships In Education in Uganda

The Marikana Commission: Truth, and Voice in Official Documentation

Inter-African and international investment policies: the missing link into stimulating and creating a regional integrated African Union economy


Dissertation Titles 2013-2014

From Rhetoric to Action: Assessing women's political participation in contemporary, Sierra Leone

Expectations and barriers to reintegration in Nigeria. An analysis of real and imagined processes of integration by recent diaspora returnees to Nigeria

Moving beyond tradeoffs? A case study of shared value creation in Cape Town, South Africa

"The Past is to be forgotten": Youth, Resettlement, and Survival in Jemo Addis Ababa

Criminalising consensual sex between adolescents in South Africa: Policing sexual behaviour in a constitutional state

Cosmopolitanism and the seeds of Nationalism: The making of Pixley KaIsaka Seme, a Zulu Intellectual Leader of the early 20th Century

"We are fighting perception" - Exploring the dynamics of AFRICOM's "Military development" discourse.

"Politics of the Body": The social Imaginaries of Women's Peace Activism in Eastern and Northern Uganda

"You expected racialism and you found it?" A Case Study of the Enkeldoorn and Schools Commission of Enquiry and its Framing of Juvenile Delinquency, 1944-1945

The Assertion and Contestation of Nationalism through the Zambian Football Team

Violence and Sovereignty in Amin’s Uganda: A Reading of the 1974 Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances

The transformations of Society, Sex, and Self: Understanding the lived experiences of formerly abducted women in Gulu District, Northern Uganda

Representing Animals: The production of Wildlife films featuring Crocuta Crocuta (Spotted Hyenas), 1990-2008

Exploring Alternative Zimbabwean Identities Through Art: The politics of The Harare International Festival of Arts

Becoming a Mokoti: changing perspectives on love and marriage in Swaziland

Police Intelligence and the transition to democracy in South Africa

The deployment of history in the exploitation of minerals: the past in the present of Chinese-Zambia relations

Liquid Power: Natural Gas and Illiberal Statebuilding in Angola

Accumulation from below: A case study of women informal currency traders in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 2005 to 2009

Framing Secession: Land, Deprivation and State (il)legitimacy in the secessionist discourse of the Mombasa Republican Council in Coastal region of Kenya

The politics of indigeniety in post - 1994 genocide Rwanda: Examining the political space of Twa civil society organisations

In fire we trust: The 2009 Burganda Riots

Naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania - The debate on deterritorialized identity and the meaning of citizenship revisited

Foreign Direct investments in Nigeria: Lessons from the real estate sector in Lagos State

Evolution of Wusasa School in Northern Nigeria: A Case Study of Christian Education in African Colonial Countries

Regional Turbulence:  East African (dis)integration and the demise of a once proud airline

'Middle-Class' or 'Public'? Configuring cultural identity in the print culture of early twentieth century Gold Coast

'The Road to Kenya' : Understanding (under) development and the nature of the (Post) Colonial State in Northern Kenya through the lens of the Isiolo-Moyale highway

Female Subsistence Framers in Malen Chiefdom:Navigating the Land Market in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

Iron Expectations: The resurgence of industrial mining in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Ethnicity in the ANC

Scaling Upward? An Ethnographic Study of Ponte City, Africa's Tallest Residential Building

Changing Political Culture through Education: the case of Ahfad University for Women

Political Affiliation, Electoral Administration and Democratic Consolidation in Ghana: A case study of the Okaikoi South and Kpone Katumanso Constituencies in the Greater Accra Region.

An investigation into Changing Agricultural Behaviour in Mbotyi, South Africa

Mainstreaming informal economies in sub-saharan Africa: The case of Ghana's SUSU Microfinance system


Dissertation Titles 2012-2013

"It cannot be dealt with through friendly cups of tea": Dealing with Deviance at Kamiti Women's Detention Camp, 1954-1960

Africa's Media or "Mother of the Nation"? : Winnie Mandela, Militant Motherhood and Female Violence in South Africa's Anti-Apartheid struggle, 1985 – 1991

You can't rule without a degree, or can you? Understanding Education as Political Currency in Comtemporary Zimbabwe

'One Zambia, One Nation'? : The role of ideology in Zambian political thought and practice

Youth marginality and land investment in Liberia: a study of post-conflict agrarian change

You’re Next: The ALUU4 and Youth Perspectives on Mob Violence in S.E., Nigeria

The Erudite Experiment: An Institutional History of Unity High School for Girls: 1928-1985

Island Politics: Land Grabs and Political Change in Madagascar

Media: a tool of resistance or repression? A case study on understanding the role of the Angolan

Comparison between Christian and colonial policies in northern Nigeria: from the perspective of education

"Framing Poverty": An Analysis of the Portrayal of African Children in Charity Campaign Photography

Between the margins and the mainstream: a social history of Garissa

Why Nigeria's Maternal Healthcare Has Failed: An analysis of the Integrated Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (IMNCH) Strategy

(Re)imagining Ujamaa: Perceptions of Development in Chamwino, Tanzania

Heart of Smartness: Self fashioning in photographs of the global Sapeur community

Militias, Maladies and Medicine: Towards a History of Health in Umkhonto we Sizwe Camps

Fighting Talk on the Frontier: Shaping Kenyan and Somali Identities through propaganda during the Shifta Conflict

Struggling with Social Stereotypes: Participation of Women in the Rwandan Patriotic Front during the 1990-4 war

Mouths that have eaten don't complain': Slum Youth, Mobilization and Co-option in Cherkos, Addis Ababa

Social Entrepreneurship as an approach to development

The Politics of Survival: Ugandan State Violence from Obote to Amin

The 2012 fuel subsidy crisis in Nigeria: Perspectives on the social contract

The Colour of Consciousness: Race Relations and Identity Negotiations in the Western Cape, 1970-1976

Short Term Gains and Long Term Losses? The Impact of Power Sharing on Opposition Parties in Kenya and Zimbabwe

"I am a visible child from Northern Uganda" : Social Media as a Platform for the Ugandan reaction to Invisible Children's 'KONY2012'

"But comrades must know the real man" Representations of masculinity through the rhetoric of black South African political leaders

Portraits of the captured: Photographic Representations of Inmates at Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town

The "import doctrine": The SASO leadership and African American thought and writings: 1968-1973

The project of opposition in authoritarian states: the case of Rwanda

Unrest on South Africa's Platinum Mines and the Crisis of Migrancy

Youth, Violence and the Politics of Amnesty in Nigeria's Oil Delta

A party for the people? Plural perspectives on the CCM and multi-party politics in Tanzania

"Madam, Eve": Using Film and Media to Re-analyse Domestic Worker-Employer Relations in South Africa


Dissertation Titles 2011-2012

A Postcolonial Womb: Gender, Generation and Governance

Africa and the Struggle for Foreign Direct Investment: Lessons from Kenya

"Can we meet at the market tomorrow?" Commerce, Authority and Economic Power Relations after Violent Conflicts in Jos, Nigeria

Corporate liability in the case of Liberia

Corruption and Police Reform in Nigeria Since 1999

Delusion or Deliverance? Youth, New Media and the 2011 Nigerian General Elections

Education Marginalisation in Botswana: The Experience of Wayeyi and Exclusionary Education

From Bahia to Lagos; Tracing Diasporic Return in reverse in Nineteenth- Century Lagos

If walls could talk: Understanding (Il)legitimacy in 1980s Algeria

Imaginings of the Western Province: British Policy, Revolts and the Rise of Eritrean Nationalism, 1941-1952

Inhabiting Failure of the State: Claiming space and citizenship in Kayamandi's interim
'Institutional reform in post civil war Liberia's natural resource sectors: the case of the National Beneficiary Trust and the Arcelor Mittal Social Development Fund'

Looking to the Centre: Youth Aspirations and Kenyan National Politics

Meaning in Miscellanea: The Social Value of Books in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Muslim politics in Kenya since 1991

Mwomboko: Performing Narratives of Central Province in Colonial Kenya, 1920s-1952

Negotiating Identity in Port-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of the Mine Workers' Union

Overcoming Institutional Challenges and Economic Frictions: a Case Study of Private Equity in Kenya

Picturing an epidemic through the lens: considering the changing representation of HIV/AIDS in Africa in the photography of Gideon Mendel

Political Violence, Memorialisation, and Funeral Practices; MDC youth in post-2008 Harare

Politics for a Borderland: American policy and regional relations in the wake of the LRA threat

Print Media and the Public Sphere in Anglophone Cameroon

Pulling the trigger on the energy weapon: Oil politics in East Africa

Temporary goalposts and imagined sidelines: observations of youth agency and belonging in post-genocide Rwanda

The Impact of Direct Taxation on State-Society Relations in Lagos, Nigeria

'The Kenya Land Commission and African Political Consciousness: A Case Study of Nandi District

The Labour Broking Debate in South Africa: The social and political elements of class conflict in a global capitalist economy

"The Warmest, Happiest, Best-Fed Family in the Township"

Tracing the Development of South Sudan's Health Care

'Voluntary' Repatriation and 'Restoring Rights': The Case of South Sudanese Returnees from Israel

Why Dominant Parties Lose Power? The Case of Zambia

Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD), Financial Innovation and the Empowerment of Rural Women


Dissertation Titles 2010-11

Trickle-Down Theory: Tall Tale or Truth? Evidence from Mobile Phone Airtime Retailers on Oxford Street in Accra, Ghana

The "Buganda Factor": Contemporary Conceptions of 'Federo' in Uganda

The making of imperial British control in Jubaland, 1885-1895.

A Degree of Controversy: Bram Fischer, Stellenbosch, and the search for Afrikaner identity in post-apartheid South Africa

The political opposition to the Congolese government within the Belgian Congolese diaspora

Difficult to stay, hard to leave: Refugee Resettlement and Return, the Experiences of Sudanese Australians

Watchdogs of Democracy: A Comparative Study of Election Monitor Groups in Africa

Cutting the queue: the 1988 elections in Kenya

Beyond orthodox theories? Perspectives from faith-based NGOs in Tamale, Ghana

From Farm to City (and Back Again?): War, Urban Internal Displacement, and Return in Northern Uganda

The medicalisation of reproductive healthcare in resource limited settings: impacts on the experience and outcome of pregnancy and childbirth

Sovereignty, Security and Statecraft: Government Responses to the "Zimbabwean Problem" in Botswana

Dateline Mogadishu: Challenges to Journalistic Autonomy in Contemporary Somalia

Strategies for economic and social survival: conversations with female vegetable sellers in Wakulima informal market, Nairobi

An examination of small-scale farmer participation in sugarcane production in South Africa

Saving Stamps, Retailers and the South African Poor

'The Trust means life to us' - Local Perspectives of Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Khwai Village, Botswana

WOZA, GALZ, ZACRO and the Prison in Zimbabwe

At a Crossroads: Zimbabwean migrant township artists in Cape Town

African Peacekeeping: Experiences from Mogadishu and Darfur

Institutionalizing Childhood Malnutrition: A case study of the integration of ready-to-use therapeutic food in the fight against childhood malnutrition in Malawi

The Making of Post-Colonial Order: The Africanisation of the Ghanaian Police Force, c. 1954-1968

Angola is a woman's name: Beauty pageants and nationhood in post-conflict Angola

Are Private Equity Investors Still Steering Away From Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa?  The Case of Kenyan based Fund Managers

Securing Reform? Power Sharing and the Control of Violence in Kenya and Zimbabwe

Subaltern voices and the public sphere: to what extent is blogging creating new spaces for Kenyan women to express critical political opinions?

The Lynching of Witches in Kisii and Nyamira, Kenya: eradicating evil or settling scores?

A History of the 'Informal' Housing Market in Mukuru kwa Njenga

Snakes and Ladders: Law, Violence, and the Creation of a One Party State in Malawi, 1964-1968

The Asian Expulsion of '72 and the Africanisation of Capital in Uganda

Smuts, Satyagraha and Human Rights: The 1946-48 South African Indian Passive Resistance Campaign

Carving Up a Continent. Mapping Two Sudans in 1920-1924

The Making of an African Populist:Explaining the Rise of Michael Sata, 2001-2006

Always Fighting? Reconsidering State Civil Society Relations in Zimbabwe

Untangling the Security-Development Nexus: The Case of the Congo

From Generals to Secretaries-General: Political Party Assistance and the "Post-Liberation" SPLM

Aid and Security: Examining Contemporary U.S. militarization of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia


Dissertation Titles 2009-2010

Dealing with Corruption in Kenya: Analysis of the Constituency Development Fund

The Political Instrument of Decentralisaton: State and Party Consolidation in Post-War Angola

Custom, Conflict and Codification in Ghanaian Chieftaincy

Conservation Converts?: Africanising Wildlife Conservation, Uganda National Parks c1950-1973

Constructing Identity among the Somali youth in London

Controlling Leisure: Girls' pastimes in Dzaeleka Refugee Settlement

Between the town and the cattle camp: Community Animal Health Workers in Southern Sudan

Uganda, the World Bank and Neoliberalism: Negotiating Sovereighnty in the Post-Westphalian World

"A very antagonistic spirit": Christianity, Elliot Kamwana and the end of the world in Nyasaland

Power, panic or poverty: explaining child witchcraft accusations in Nigeria

Reassessing the existence of a 'Third Force': Political violence in South Africa, 1990-1994

State Terror, Student Activism, and Revolutionary Masculinity

Getting Behind the Patriotic Front in Zambia

Dining on Crocodiles and Other Tales: Zimbabwean Migrants' Border-Crossing Stories

The Swenkas: Masculinity and Representation in the city of Johannesburg

Literary Gangsters? Kwani, Radical Poetics and the Kenyan Post-Election Crisis

"By my very nature, I cannot kill": Gendered narratives in the trials of women accused of genocide in Rwanda

Us and Them: An Analysis of Populist Discourse in Contemporary Tanzanian Politics

The Internal Politics of the MMD, Zambia

"On se défend": an ethnographic study of youth in Lomé, Togo

The Plays of Miracle and Wonder: The Theatre of Healing?

Tomorrow is a long way: Who is thinking of the future of civil society in Kenya?

Mobile phone use and mobility in the context of trans-Saharan migration

Land struggles and identity - comparative case studies of San self-representation in southern Africa

Building Solidarity: Foreign Nationals, Community Participation and Social Cohesion in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town

No Man is an Island: The Isolationist Tendencies of INGOs and their Implications for Education in Sierra Leone

Di War Don Don? Inter-Party Violence in Sierra Leone 2002-2010

Dealing with dissent: the problems of authoritarianism and political plurality Ethiopian politics, 1969-1978


Dissertation Titles 2008-09

"White men were never seen so far up before": C H Binstend and a year with the West Africa Squadron, 1823-1824

Food versus Fuel? The Biofuels Debate in South Africa 

Ghana's 'vacillating parliament': Constraints on the Development of Legislatures in Democratic Africa.

Alternative Narratives of Urban Masculinity: Johannesburg c1950 - 1970

Silence Our Beloved Country: The Media and The Kenyan Elections

The Politics of the Cemetery: Social Change and Resistance in Roodepoor West and Dobsonville, South Africa

Young Survivors'. The voices of Kimberley's street children on institutional responses to their lifestyles

Legal Encounters: State, Africans and the Law in Rhodesia, 1965 - 1980

African Political Parties from Within - A Case Study of Kano since 1998/99

Ideology and the possibility of African Political Theory: African Socialism to Ubuntu compared

Angola: The Transparency of Looting

Waves of change? Youth radio and post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone

The State of War: The Effect of private military firms on state strength in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Wagalla Massacre: Human Rights Abuses Against Minorities in East Africa and its Consequences

Land Disputes in Post - Conflict Northern Uganda: Unintended Consequences of Land Reform

Retaliation in Civil Conflict: The Post-Election Violence in Nakuru and Naivasha

Solomon Plaatje’s Decade of Creative Mobility, 1912 -1922: The Politics of Travel and Writing in and beyond South Africa

Should Africa Court Foreign Direct Investment? Evidence from the Nigerian Stock Exchange

Home, Music and Memory for the Congolese in Kampala

Problematizing conventional perceptions of FGC: Towards a more insightful discourse and eradication strategy in Sierra Leone

Unequal Purchase: Commodities, Consumption and Power in Late Colonial Zanzibar

Political Empowerment of Women inCape Verde

The politics of FGC in Somaliland: grassroots activism, government reluctance and international interference

Remembering Gukurahundi through the eyes of Yvonne Vera: Literature as a tool of history and a weapon against ‘patriotic history’ in Zimbabwe

Facing Reality: HIV/AIDS Education in Ugandan Secondary Schools

Development Assistance to State Capacity Building: The Experience in Malawi

Bootstraps or Booby Traps: Does Microfinance Lift or leave the Poor? Evidence from Lugbe, Nigeria

"The ""Bad Girls"" of Zambia? Navigating Identities of Urban Prostitution Beyond Representations

Female Empowerment in Zimbabwe: Hopelessly reaching for the sky or genuine success story? 

Examine the progress of transformation in South African rugby since unification in 1991; and what are the prospects for the future?

The hometown associations in London: the organization and activities of Ebu diaspora

Debating 'Race', Politics and Identity in the Western Cape: The Cape Muslims and the 1994 Provincial Election


Dissertation Titles 2007-08

Traversing Marginal Terrain? Student Narratives, Racial Discourses and Tranformation Challenges at the University of Cape Town

The Development of Athletics in 1950s Kenya: Order or Leisure?

Reconstructing narratives of War: A social history of the Liberian Civil War 

Appropriated Justice Soft Power, Hard Politics, and the International Criminal Court in the Juba Peace Process for Northern Uganda

 The Role of Chiefs Since Ghana's Return to multi-party Democracy in 1992

Denying Solutions: Analysing the use of HIV/AIDS Herbal Remedies in Zambia. A case study approach

The Postcolonial re-invention of White Zimbabwean Identities

Stocked Arsenals and Dirt Roads: Tanzanian Military Confrontations in Changing the Discourse of Humanitarian Intervention

The Politics of re-hatting peace operations in Africa: The Case of Burundi

The organization and activities of Igbo Hometown Associations in Lagos

Informal Water Providing Enterprises as Coping Mechanisms: The Case of Dar es Salaam

Challenges for the expansion of primary education: a case study from rural northern Cameroon

Post-apartheid's environmental toll: The dilemmas of coal for South Africa, with special reference to Eskom

Buying back the past: Contradictions in New Labour Policy to land reform in Zimbabwe

The Ralushai Commission and a South African Witch-Hunt in Legal and Historical Perspective

Radical Rural Women, a Church and an Empire A trans-national ethnography of two NGOs working in Zambia

Memorialising the Kimathi Family, Kenya's Policy Process Since 2002. The dawning of a new era?

Feeling Kenyan: Indian Migrant and National Identities in Kenya 1890 – 1970

Writing Gender: Representations of Women in Margery Perham's Personal Papers

"The most forgotten Crisis in the world": Donor Policy Towards the Conflict in Northern Uganda from 1986-2006

A Step Forward? A review of the Ethiopian Democratization Process

When Citizens are Rendered Stateless: The Kenyan State's Somali Screening Exercise

Debating 'Race', Identity and Politics in the Western Cape: The Cape Muslims and the 1994 Provincial Election

The Hostage Crisis of May 2000: An analysis of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone

Women in the war zone: Roles and representations of female combatants in Sierra Leone

Tapping a Nation's Resources: Anglo American and Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa

Voicing Grievances: The continuous political exclusion of youth in Sierra Leone

Skuodi Ya Watu Kumi na Mbili: The Discourses, Negotiation and Art in Underground Hiphop in Nairobi, Kenya

The Human Lions of Singida: Murder and Resistance in Colonial Tanganyika

What did you learn in school today? The development of Tanzania's education system

Reframing the Myth of Wild Africa: Representations of Africa and Africans in Wildlife Films about the Adamsons

The Godfather', Party Politics and Democracy in Ibadan, South-Western Nigeria

Social Practices and Public Health Initiatives Surrounding Fistula Among the Hausa in Niger

Bringing the Public Back In: A Critique of the Nigerian Anti-Corruption Agencies

Harvesting Farmers' Leadership: The People's Land Management and Ecosystem Conservation (PLEC) Project and a Participatory Approach to Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Ghana

The Definition of Success? The British Military Intervention in Sierra Leone

"Identity Conditionality" of Aid: Arab Aid and Investment in Sudan

Shaping the Discourse on Africa: The Concept of 'Solidarity' in East German Relations with SWAPO

Digging for Prosperity: Mining and Labour Practices in Chambishi, Zambia

The Gold Standard of Governance   Mining, Decentralization, and Reconfigurations of State Power in Senegal 


Dissertation Titles 2006-07

The Role of the Isamaili Muslim Community in Kenya 1945-1963

The Social image of cattle smuggling and its agents in the Transvaal, 1920 & 1930

Living in Margins of History: Political Memory and contemporary Society within the Abayudaya Community in Eastern Uganda

The Red Pepper: An Aggravated Reaction against News Capitalization in Uganda?

Homosexuality cannot be an issue of human rights: The exclusion of homosexuality from human rights discourse in Zambia

Foreign Aid and the Transition to Democracy in Malawi and Kenya

An investigation of the significance of conceptions of the ancient past in the development of the Ethiopian imperial State

Centralization in Ghana

The Political Implications of Nigeria's Expulsion from the Commonwealth on Anglo-Nigerian Relations

Truth Justice and ubuntu: South African's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and African interpretations of reconciliation

Reading Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman

Does Internet access through the social sector affect the demand for IT provision? A study of the TSIBA Education Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

Visions of Identity in South Western Cameroon

The Special Court for Sierra Leone

Oil, Power& Violence in Nigeria: Rational Choice vs. Cultural Approaches to conflict Dynamics

A Review of the Central Bank of Kenyan's use of Monetary Policy from 1966-2006

A comparative evaluation of issues effecting Gambian pharmaceutical supply chains

The Bataka Movement: The study of rebellion

The Heinemann African writers series in South Africa: Reading, Writing, Publication and Censorship

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Football as National Metaphor in Nigeria

The Back to Africa Movements Revisited: The Impact of Expatriate Resettlement in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction of Liberia

The Liberian Civil war and transitional justice

A Soldier's Peace? How the Angolan Civil War was Won

Sexual Violence and Violation of Cultural Norms: Rape in Civil War

The Mourides Go To Town: Inter-brotherhood conversion in Urban Senegal

Pharmaceutical marketing and Consumption under Apartheid 1948-1994

US Energy policy and Development Challenges in Nigeria's Niger Delta

Voices from Afar: Contemporary West African Writers of The Diaspora

The Temporal Landscapes of HIV/AIDS in South Africa Settlement, Housing and Health in Durban


Dissertation Titles 2005-06

Women of Zimbabwe arise: mobilising Zimbabwean women for the 3rd Chimurenga

Micro-finance for women’s empowerment in developing countries: analysis of micro start programmes in three African countries

Let Wanjiku decide: the Constitution Review process in Kenya, 2002-2005

Humanitarian agencies and chronic conflicts: the Kivu region 1997-2005

The ending of justice at Arusha: closing down the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda

Aid harmonisation: the experience in East Africa

The silent revolution: the development of women’s football in Kenya since the 1990s

The nature of Malawi’s democratic consolidation, 1993 to present

Reassessing Soviet policy in Africa during the 1960s and 1970s, with special reference to the Horn of Africa

A History of Swedish development assistance to East Africa

Employing the Employers: social and economic implications of a company managed irrigation scheme – Tyhefu, Eastern Cape South Africa

Putting apartheid under pressure: Britain’s anti-apartheid movement and its utilisation of and representation in the print media

Kindling, doorstops, and paper-weights: Ethnographies of South African Cultures, 1930-1950

Swazi land issues: from subsistence homesteads to urban squatters

Social movements as effective civil society: the case of post-apartheid South Africa

Who built your school? The transmission of the colonial legacy through educational institutions and the institutions of colonial education

Why are civil wars in Africa harder for governments to win? An enquiry into wartime institutional logics

South Africa and regional integration in southern Africa

Tracing youth mobilisation in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, 1963-2005

Young patriots of Cote D’Ivoire

Nationalism and national identity in Nigeria

The role of Muslim civil society associations in Yorubaland – stagnators or midwives for democracy and good governance?

Food as a weapon of war: the right to be free from hunger and the identity crisis of NGOs

Creating social change – social entrepreneurs at work in Nigeria and Kenya