Study of Politics in Africa: Methods, Objects and Research Themes

Study of Politics in Africa: Methods, Objects and Research Themes

01/07/2024 to 03/07/2024
09:30 - 17:30
Portuguese, with possibility of using English

The School in the Study of Politics in Africa aims to:

  • Provide training on research strategies and methods for analyzing political phenomena in Africa;
  • Create a learning space that offers participants a multidisciplinary knowledge of the African continent, focusing on various political issues;
  • Develop knowledge and skills in terms of designing and developing a research project.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at higher education students in the most varied areas of social sciences, particularly those who are developing master's or doctoral theses on political issues in Africa.

Tuition Fee

General Public € 165
ICS Community | ISCTE students € 105

These prices include the application (€ 10), enrolment (€ 25), and attendance fee as well as the fee for a certificate in Portuguese (€ 10).

Alexandra Magnólia Dias (FCSH-UNL)
Ana Lúcia Sá (Iscte-IUL)
Bárbara Muniz (Street Child UK NGO)
Carla Delgado (CEA-UP)
Cláudia Generoso de Almeida (IPRI-UNL)
Edalina Sanches (ICS-ULisboa)
Manuel Ennes Ferreira (ISEG-ULisboa)
Marissa Moorman (UW)
Matheus Serva Pereira (ICS-ULisboa)
Vasco Martins (CES-UC)

Module 1. Research strategies and methods
Researching politics in Africa: Data and methodology
Methodological strategies in post-conflict societies

Module 2. Research themes and objects
Electoral violence in Africa: actors, causes and dynamics of citizen participation
Public development aid in Africa: challenges
Elites and political representation in Africa
The resilience of authoritarianism in African countries
Political memory in Africa
Social networks as a source for conflict analysis in Africa

Module 3. Research laboratories
Laboratory: ongoing research
Roundtable: Publishing in African Studies


Degree and/or attendance of a degree in social sciences.


Applications: until 26 June 2024

Applications through the ICS FenixEdu platform:
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Applications must be submitted with the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Brief summary of research interest (maximum 300 words).


The School operates with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 20 participants.

Coordenador Externo 
Ana Lúcia Sá