Call for Regional Researchers: Mapping Africa’s Engagements with Global Powers

Call for Regional Researchers: Mapping Africa’s Engagements with Global Powers

The African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is seeking four regional researchers for its ambitious project on “African Agency Toward Global Powers.”

In recent years, there has been significant discourse surrounding the activities of global powers in Africa. However, much of this narrative is presented through the lens of these global powers, neglecting the African perspective. This project aims to rectify this imbalance by mapping Africa’s engagements with key external powers, shedding light on African agency in a rapidly changing global order.

Duration: April-May 2024

Scope of Work:
Researchers will conduct desk research and fieldwork to analyse Africa’s engagement with various global powers, including but not limited to North America, the European Union, BRICS nations, Middle East nations, and East Asian powers. Key tasks include desk research on the African Union and regional economic communities, conducting in-person interviews, data analysis, and drafting reports.

Required Expertise:
Ideal candidates will possess a PhD in politics, international relations, journalism, communications, or related disciplines. They should demonstrate an intellectual understanding of global powers’ engagement with the African Union and at least one regional economic community. Availability for immediate fieldwork in designated locations is preferred.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their CV and a one-page outline of their research methodology to, copying by 3rd April 2024.

Join us in contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of Africa’s role in global affairs. Let’s shape the narrative together.