African Leadership Centre at the International Studies Association 2019 Conference

Research Cluster Six panel on International Political Economy Dynamics and African Statehoods


In August 2019, Faculty from the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London, convened and presented a panel at the International Studies Association 2019 Conference, University of Legon, Ghana: “Exploring the Agency of the Global South in International Studies (Practices)”.

The Panel, titled “International Political Economy Dynamics and African Statehoods” presented ongoing research work between ALC Faculty and colleagues from partner Universities in Africa, as part of the ALC’s 10-year research agenda on Peace, Society and the State in Africa. The panel was convened by Research Cluster Six, which focuses on African statehood and the international political economy as part of that collaborative ALC research agenda.

Presenters and papers were:

  • Dr Eka Ikpe, Senior Lecturer at ALC-King’s: “Conceptualising developmental statehood with the Ethiopian exempla: Considering interactions across the state and international political economy in the context of a ‘rising Africa’”
  • Dr Barney Walsh, Teaching Fellow at ALC-King’s: “Regions and Power in Africa? President Museveni and the becoming of a Regional Security Complex in East Africa”
  • Dr Kiven Kewir, Lecturer at University of Buea: The political economy of Regional Security in Central Africa
  • Emma Birikorang, Acting Deputy Director and Programme Head for the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC): “A new wave of Regionalism in Africa?”
  • Herbert Wamalwa, PhD candidate at the University of Nairobi, Institute for Development Studies: “Livelihoods Impact of Climate Variability Adaptation Programs: A case of Katulu Social Innovation in Kitui County”

Herbert Wamalwa’s presentation was an outcome from the ongoing partnership between the African Leadership Centre and Institute for Development Studies, in particular from the Erasmus+ staff-student exchange programme undertaken during 2018-19. As part of that exchange, Herbert spent three months at ALC-King’s working on his research project and ALC Faculty co-delivered a Masters-level module on Peace, Security and Development at IDS.

As part of the Ghana trip, Dr Walsh also visited Dr. Obodai Torto of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Legon, as part of the ALC-led “Universities Network on Global Leadership, Peace and Development: Creating Educational and Societal Transformation”, funded by the UK-China-Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Countries Education Partnership Initiative. Dr Walsh was undertaking a site visit of the Institute, who are a key partner this joint collaboration between: Peking University; University of Nairobi; University of Pretoria; University of Buea; University of Jos; Obafemi Awolowo University; Debre Berhan University; and the University of Legon.

This project will develop transferrable and scale-able Masters-level Global Leadership Modules through online and blended learning, and train early-career academics across partners to collaborate on innovative module delivery. The project leverages key partnerships that have a shared, transformative vision for Higher Education practices and ultimately society itself. Dr. Torto remarked “We are ready for this exciting partnership and project. Legon University already has experience in delivering distance learning modules and programmes. Everyone at the Institute of African Studies is now looking forward to working with the ALC-King’s on developing these innovative leadership focused master’s modules”. This was the second such site-visit of 2019, after Dr Walsh visited Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia, in April.


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