Centre of African Studies
The Centre acts as a focal point for postgraduate teaching and supervision on Africa and a hub for research programmes that span all three of the University’s colleges.
We offer a range of taught and research postgraduate programmes in African studies. Our thriving and cosmopolitan community of graduate students study for the degrees of PhD, MSc, Diploma or Certificate.
We undertake cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research across the continent. Our scholars are committed to the critical study of a diverse range of topics as well as the pursuit of inclusive, ethical and equitable partnerships.
We’re based in George Square at the heart of the Central campus. A lively and vibrant hub (especially in August during the Festival Fringe).
You may also be interested in Critical African Studies (CrAS)
The journal publishes critical interdisciplinary research about Africa and the diaspora, covering a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. CrAS was established by the Centre of African Studies in 2009 and now more than half of the editorial and advisory board are based at African universities.
Centre of African Studies (CAS) Seminar Series 2023/2024 - Semester II
Full programme of weekly seminars for Semester II 2023/2024
2024 CAS/CeSeR Annual Conference University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK April 23-24, 2024
Theme: Security in Africa: Actors, logics and futures
Registration is NOW OPEN
A new doctoral programme will enhance interdisciplinary sustainability research and teaching capacity across Africa
A new collaboration between the universities of Edinburgh and Witwatersrand (South Africa) aims to support academics to complete interdisciplinary doctoral research on areas related to sustainability on the African continent.
SPS student named Global Student Prize finalist for work with Ghanaian small businesses
School of Social and Political Science (SPS) student Mohammed Hafiz Musah is one of only 50 students worldwide to become a Global Student Prize 2023 finalist, for his work supporting small businesses in Ghana.
Festival of Creative Methods
Find out more on this brilliant 3-week festival of all-things-methods
Migration, Crisis and Temporality at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border
The Centre of African Studies (CAS) is delighted to welcome you to the following book launch.
Q-Step Seminar: Later life precarity. What is it? Can we measure it? Is it useful?
Professor Alan Marshall is a Social Statistician by training who is now Professor of Social Research on Inequality based on the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His substantive research uses longitudinal data from social surveys in the UK and overseas to better understand the social and biological determinants of inequalities observed in health and wellbeing in later life.
RTC Talking Methods - Dr Allison Hui and Situating decolonial strategies
Social change can be difficult – even when it involves social scientists. Despite longstanding calls to decolonise methodologies, and to embrace creative methodological approaches, Ndlohvu suggests that we face ‘methodological stasis’ (2021).