28 March 2017

New Center of African Economies at Roskilde University

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On March 27, 2017 Africa-research gets a new center in Denmark when Roskilde University launches its new research center Center of African Economies.

The center will be headed by Associate Professor Lindsay Whitfield, who is also co-editor of the journal African Affairs published by Oxford University Press for the British Royal African Society.

On the university website the following is stated about the center:

The Center of African Economies (CAE) is an interdisciplinary research center within the department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University. Scholars associated with the center research and publish on contemporary economic dynamics in Africa with a particular focus on:

  • the nature, pace and outcomes of capitalist transformation processes unfolding across the African continent;

  • who benefits and how those benefits are shared as well as how the distribution of economic benefits is contested and the implications for political instability; and

  • linkages between the regulation of economic transactions and state formation in African countries.

CAR researchers provide unique insights into these processes by applying methodologies that emphasize in-depth country knowledge as well as comparative work, and by employing both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Countries covered by CAE research include Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, and Tanzania.


The centre will be launched officially on Monday 27 March, 2017 with a seminar with the title "Africa, rising no more?"

The speaches on the seminar include center head Lindsay Whitley and Associate Professor Lars Buur.

The seminar will cast a critical look at the story-telling about Africa being on the way up financially.

The increase in prices of raw materials from 2000 and the following years led to the strongest growth in Africa south of Sahara in several decades. This gave rise to terms such as "the African lion" as a counterpart to "the Asian tiger", describing the rapidly developing economies in Asia. There was talk about booming economies and growing middle classes. But at the end of 2015 the boom in the prices of raw materials had come to an end.

After the presentations from Lindsay Whitfeld and Associate Professor Lars Buur the stage is set for open discussion about the subject.