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HIIG Internet and Society Fellowship for Early Stage Researchers (Global)

In 2016 the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) once again opens its doors for fellow researchers from all over the globe. We invite applications from early stage researchers pursuing transdisciplinary internet research. If you are seeking exchange regarding your research aspirations and think your objectives match or complement ours, we look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on: Wed 19 Aug 2015 | Category: funding

ESRC Seminar Series: Resource conflicts workshop

Final workshop of our ESRC-funded series on interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management. The final workshop focusses on resource conflicts in the Global South. Please feel free to register your attendance here

Posted on: Tue 11 Aug 2015 | Category: events

CALL FOR PAPERS BIEA Annual PhD Conference 2015

The forthcoming PhD conference will offer emerging research scholars and PhD candidates working  in Kenya and East Africa an opportunity to re-consider the legacy, significance  and use of notions of ‘centre-periphery’ as they relate to their research. We welcome submissions across a range of disciplines and themes.

To apply please submit a title, abstract by 31 August 2015

Posted on: Tue 4 Aug 2015 | Category: calls

ESRC workshop on writing research proposals for fellowships and grants

An ESRC Workshop on Writing Research Proposals for Fellowships and Grants will be held at Adeyemi Federal University of Education on 23-24 September.

Please send applications by e mail attachment to:;

Posted on: Tue 4 Aug 2015 | Category: events

Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN) 5th Conference

The 5th GKEN International Multidisciplinary Conference & Workshop will take place for the first time in Africa at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 14th  & 15th  of December, followed by a workshop at Jimma University on the 17th & 18th of December 2015.

The theme for the 5th conference is “Connecting “Knowledge and Innovation” (K&I) 2015”

Call for papers dealine is 31st July 2015

Posted on: Mon 20 Jul 2015 | Category: calls

Whose Land Is It Anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya


Whose Land Is It Anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya

By Ambreena Manji

Posted on: Mon 20 Jul 2015


African university numbers double in U-Multirank

By Christiaan van der Merwe

The number of African universities in the latest iteration of the EU-funded university comparison tool, U-Multirank, has doubled from last year.

There were 24 institutions from eight African countries in the list for 2015 released on 31 March, up from 12 in last year’s inaugural rankings.

While not a university ranking in the traditional sense, in that it doesn’t list universities from best to worst, U-Multirank awards scores ranging from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak) in 31 categories, broadly divided into five themes.

The 2015 edition added three new subject areas for examination: computer science, psychology and medicine

The institutions which appear for the first time in 2015 are:

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
  • Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco)
  • Alexandria University (Egypt)
  • Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt)
  • Ain Shams University (Egypt)
  • Cairo University (Egypt)
  • Mansoura University (Egypt)
  • Higher Institute of Economics and Business (Cape Verde)
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • University of Namibia (Namibia)
  • University of Sfax (Tunisia)

Outside South Africa, only Cairo University achieved an ‘A’ score for its publication output.

Full article found here 

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Posted on: Tue 7 Apr 2015 | Category: featured

International Women's Day 7th March 2015

In honour of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 7, Planet Earth Institute wanted to spotlight four inspirational women who are working in science and tech in Africa.

The following is taken directly from this website where you can find further information and videos. 

1)    Mariéme Jamme

Originally from Senegal, Marieme is a tireless advocate for technology and the importance of building STEM skills on the continent. She is also CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a consultancy that helps enterprise tech companies get a foothold in Europe, Asia and Africa. Here’s a video of her passionately explaining what Africa’s scientific independence means to her.

2)    Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa

Management consultants by day, Afua and Yasmin also co-founded She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that supports high-potential female entrepreneurs by helping them jump-start their businesses. On January 24, they successfully ran their first ever ‘Who wants to be a tech millionaire’ event, which provided workshops for young women interested in building tech-enabled businesses. Here’s a little more about their work, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

3)    Liberata Mwita, PhD student, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Growing up, Liberata wanted to become a pilot, but her family urged her to pursue a career in scientific research. Now she is studying for a PhD with SABINA at the University of Pretoria where she is part of a larger, multi-investigator project addressing complex questions about how several species of Bacillus bacteria interact with plants. This is an important question because earlier research has shown that these bacteria, which are free-living in the soil, promote plant growth under the proper circumstances. To learn more about RISE, the programme she is associated with, please click here.

4)    Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder, Women in Engineering

A native of South Africa, Naadiya describes herself as a ‘serial social entrepreneur’. With a background in engineering, Naadiya decided to set up WomEng, a social enterprise developing the next generation of women engineering leaders around the world. At present, WomEng operates in South Africa and Kenya, but aspires to expand into West Africa. We look forward to following her impact!


Posted on: Tue 10 Mar 2015 | Category: featured

Open access journals in humanities and social science

The British Academy presents a report investigating some of the issues involved in open access publishing, which seeks to examine various practical issues and difficulties that may arise, using the example of twelve disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

There are separate ethical, financial and practical arguments in favour of developing open-access provision. At the same time, various difficulties have been identified in practice, focussing on undesired consequences of the desired aims. This report looks at which risks might hinder the process and expansion of open access as it is currently proposed. It focuses above all on 'green' open access policies (the posting of post-peer-review author-accepted manuscripts, on the internet in University repositories, after embargo periods). The report goes on to warn that if UK open-access policies are followed too rigidly, this will, in some disciplines at least, undermine the international reach and thus standing of the country's research.

Posted on: Tue 10 Jun 2014 | Category: featured

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