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African Political Economy

The LSE African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Our regular seminars are a forum for members to present working papers, and for a discussion of new research in the field. These seminars are open to all faculty, fellows, and PhD students working on issues of African politics, or related development or political economy issues. The group also jointly hosts a yearly Working Group on African Political Economy, which is an all-day conference for the discussion of ongoing research in African politics and political economy by UK and EU scholars.

Organisers: Sarah Brierley (GV) and George Ofosu (GV) 

Seminars of the African Political Economy Group will be held on Tuesdays in CBG 4.17 for members of the LSE community and also available online via zoom for external guests in Michaelmas Term. Members will receive access details in advance of meetings.

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Upcoming events

Michaelmas Term

  • Tuesday 12 October 2021, 12:30-2:00pm
    Joachim Wehner - (Dis)Enfranchisement in South Africa (with Daniel de Kadt)

    Ryan Jablonski - Gaps in politician knowledge explain inequalities in public spending: Results from an experiment with elected politicians in Malawi
  • Tuesday 26 October 2021, 12:30-2:00pm
    Isaac Haruna - Governing Africa's Artisanal and Small-scale Miners: The role of the Ghanain and Tanzanian States 
  • Tuesday 9 November 2021, 3:00-4:30pm (online only)
    Anne Meng - Power Sharing and Authoritarian Stability: Evidence from Rebel Regimes 
  • Tuesday 30 November 2021, 12:30-2:00pm 
    Peace Medie - Conflict and the Status of Women Chiefs in Liberia

Lent Term

  • Tuesday 1 February 2022, 12:30-2:00pm
    Elliott Green (LSE)
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022, 12:30-2:00pm | Postponed to MT 2022
    Stephanie Wanga (LSE) 
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022, 12:30-2:00pm
    Melina Platas (NYU Abu Dhabi)
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022, 12:30-2:00pm | Postponed to MT 2022
    Alexandra Hartman (UCL)

Past Events


14 October 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
Anne Della-Guardia, LSE

28 October 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
Nonso Obikili, UN and CDG

11 November 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
Daniel de Kadt, UC Merced


2 December 2020, 4:00-5:30pm
Amanda Robinson, Ohio State University

4 February 2021, 5:00-6:30pm
Stan Markus, University of Southern California with Mogens Justesen, Copenhagen Business School

17 February 2021, 4:00-5:30pm
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, University of Ghana Business School

4 March 2021, 5:00-6:30pm
Catherine Boone, LSE with Michael Wahman, MSU


17 March 2021, 4:00-5:30pm
Alexandra Hartman, UCL


16 October 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
McDonald Lewanika & Yuezhou Yang, LSE

30 October 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Darin Christensen, UCLA, Luskin School

13 November 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
Jonathan Weigel, LSE

27 November 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Mai Hassan, University of Michigan 

5 February 2020, 5:00-7:00pm
George Ofosu, LSE

19 February 2020, 4:00-6:00pm
Makena Micheni & Carolin Dieterle, LSE

4 March 2020, 5:00-7:00pm
Sarah Brierley, LSE