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School of Politics and International Relations

What is Africa Thinking?

11 November 2014

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG


An event sponsored by the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, and the Royal African Society

Professor Emmanuel Gyimah Boadi is the Executive Director of the Afrobarometer survey, an independent, non-partisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa, with researchers in 35 countries across the continent. At a time when African countries are being lauded for their economic growth, whilst others are criticised for their economic and political mismanagement, Professor Boadi will discuss the work of Afrobarometer, and the challenges facing the continent’s only wide-scale survey project in articulating a myriad of African opinions on democracy, employment, politicians and international politics.

Professor Boadi will discuss these issues with Dr Nic Cheeseman, Hugh Price Fellow in African Politics at Jesus College, Oxford.

7-9pm Tuesday 11th November 2014, Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies


E. Gyimah-Boadi is the Executive Director of both the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, an independent policy research and policy advocacy group for democracy, good governance and economic openness in Ghana and Africa and the Afrobarometer, a pan-African survey research project tracking public opinion on political, economic and social developments in 35 African countries. He is also a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon.  He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Democracy, Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, International Advisory Council of the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Advisory Group of the Institute for Integrated Transitions; and Board of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (local chapter of Transparency International).  His publications include “Oil, Politics and Ghana’s Democracy” (with H. Kwasi Prempeh) in Journal of Democracy vol. 23, no. 3 (July 2012); Public Opinion, Democracy and Market Reform in Africa (with Mike Bratton and Robert Mattes), Cambridge University Press (2005); and Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress, Lynne Rienner Publishers (2004).  He has held fellowships at the Center for Democracy, Rule of Law and Development at Stanford University and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA), and in November 2014 will be taking up a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship with the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London.

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