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The Africa Network connects scholars and students working on African themes across the University of York.

We act as a hub for Africanist research at the University of York. In these pages you can find information on some of the diverse research going on at the university, as well as contacts for network organisers who can help you get involved and make connections. We hope that you will use these pages as a way of finding out about York research; browse by project or by general focus area. On each focus area page you will find contact details for the focus area 'lead'. They will be happy to hear from you and help you think about how to connect your work with others at the University of York.

We organise our own events, but would also love to publicise events with an African theme from across the university - please just send us details.

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Research project highlight: POLARIZE

A political-economic analysis of electricity grid access histories and futures in Mozambique (POLARIZE) aims to improve livelihoods primarily in urban and peri-urban communities. The project will examine the historical-institutional and political-economic factors shaping electricity network development in three cities with differing governance structures. Examining dynamics in rapidly growing urban areas, at the interface of grid-connected and off-grid approaches, will complement previous state-led and donor-supported programs to enhance sustainable energy access. The project aims to develop tools and guidelines that are applicable in the urban global South. 

The project is run in partnership with three organisations in Mozambique: the Centre for Research on Governance and Development (CPGD), Observatorio do Meio Rural (OMR) and University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM). 

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Over 100 members

Working in 39 of 54 African countries

A collaboration across all three University of York faculties