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Research Methodology: Doing Research in Africa

Location: Institute for European Studies, floor +1, IES Newton Room
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The aim of this course is to equip research students with some of the relevant skills required to undertake postgraduate fieldwork in Africa. The presentation introduces the principal methodologies and strategies that are commonly applied to academic research in the Social Sciences, and considers their practical application for students who might undertake postgraduate fieldwork in Africa. In essence, the course will introduce researchers/students to some standard research methods and approaches from a perspective that is constantly mindful of the African setting – a setting that can present quite different challenges from the (implied) northern/western setting of many research training courses.  The presentation, which draws on my experiences of doing fieldwork in the Gambia, also discusses the hazards of doing fieldwork in Africa and general ethical issues and how they were dealt with.


Introduction: Dr. Ismaila Ceesay of the University of The Gambia (UTG): Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Head of the Political Science Department and Director of the MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Please note that this seminar will also take place on 9 October, from 09h30 - 11h30!


Registration and venue

The event is open to the public and free of charge, due to space limitations, please register by sending an email to

Venue: Institute for European Studies, floor +1, IES Newton Room