AfREC convened its inaugural Africa Research Showcase on Friday 15 February 2019 to highlight and promote the Africa-focused research being done by the Centre’s Research Fellows, Postgraduate Fellows and their collaborators. The Showcase, which will be an annual event, drew a highly engaged audience of university staff, students and members of the public, with several lively Q&A sessions with presenters.
Showcasing the disciplinary and thematic diversity of Africa research being done at UWA, the day-long event featured presentations on research ranging from ‘issues in African settlement in Australia’, to ‘understanding user roles in low-carbon transitions in Ghana’, to ‘youth radicalisation in North Africa as an aspect of the Arab Spring’, to ‘international investment law and environmental protection in Africa’, to ‘comparative physiology of wild African animals’, to ‘Islamic finance and female entrepreneurship in Kenya’, to ‘how translational research on allergy prevention in Western Australia may lead to new strategies for malaria prevention in Uganda’, among many others (see full program below).
AfREC aims to deepen the social and policy impact of its research on a range of stakeholders beyond academia, including African-Australian communities, local, state and federal governments, industry, non-for-profit organisations, the media and public discourse.
The Centre’s Africa-focused research spans a range of disciplines and intersects with a number of other UWA research entities, including the Public Policy Institute, the Oceans Institute and the Institute of Agriculture. AfREC works with partners through key international research networks, including the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN), the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group (WUN GAG) and the Matariki Network, among others.
At the Showcase, AfREC also launched its Research Handbook, Africa Policy Briefing series (in partnership with the UWA Public Policy Institute), and online engagement platform AfricaNarratives. Showcase participants were invited to develop ongoing engagement with the Centre and its research.
Full Showcase program
9.15-9.30: WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Prof. Ben Smith, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education
Dr David Mickler, AfREC Interim Director, with AfREC Executive Committee
9.30-11.10: SESSION 1
A/Prof. Farida Fozdar, AfREC Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, ‘Issues in African Settlement in Australia’
Dr Shamim Samani, AfREC Research Fellow, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, ‘Islamic Finance and Female Entrepreneurship in Kenya’
Alicea Garcia, AfREC Postgraduate Fellow, School of Agriculture and Environment, ‘Gendered subjectivities and climate change processes: How gendered dynamics of social inequality affect farmers' capacities to adapt to climate change in Ghana's Central Region’
Basil Amuzu-Sefordzi, AfREC Postgraduate Fellow, School of Agriculture and Environment, ‘Adoption or no progress: Understanding user roles in low-carbon transitions in Ghana’
Dr Judy Fisher, AfREC Research Fellow, Institute of Agriculture, ‘Land Degradation and Restoration Actions in Africa parallel the newly released findings of the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform for People and Nature (IPBES)’
11.10-11.30: Morning tea and networking
11.30-1.10: SESSION 2
A/Prof. Richard Vokes, AfREC Associate Director Research, School of Social Sciences, ‘Towards an Anthropology of Infrastructure in East Africa’
Dr Sven Ouzman, AfREC Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, ‘Archaeology, culture and museums in Southern Africa and northern Australia: Now, Then and in the Future’
Dr Jade Lindley, AfREC Research Fellow, Law School, ‘Illegal Fishing in the Indian Ocean’
Adian Izwan, AfREC Postgraduate Fellow, School of Human Sciences, ‘Comparative physiology of wild African animals’
Prof. Valerie Verhasselt, AfREC Research Fellow, School of Molecular Sciences, ‘How translational research on allergy prevention in Western Australia may lead to new strategies for malaria prevention in Uganda.
1.10-1.40: Lunch and networking
1.40-3.00: SESSION 3
Dr Dominic Dagbanja, AfREC Community Coordinator, Law School, ‘International Investment Law and Environmental Protection in Africa’
Dr Kathryn Sturman, AfREC Advisory Board Member, University of Queensland, ‘Common ground: Shared lessons for responsible mining in Africa and Australia’
Dr Max de Vietri, AfREC Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, “The oil curse…really? Socio-political change and the establishment of the oil industry in Mauritania between 2001-2011”
Helen McFarlane & Quentin Masurel, CET Research Fellows, School of Earth Sciences, ‘Exploring the West African Craton: Stories and insights from the international and integrated research of the West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI)’
3.00-3.20: Afternoon tea and networking
3.20-5.00: SESSION 4
Dr Leila Ben Mcharek, AfREC Research Fellow, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, ‘Youth radicalisation in North Africa as an aspect of the Arab Spring : The case of Tunisia’
Muhammad Dan Suleiman, AfREC Postgraduate Coordinator, School of Social Sciences, ‘(Re)Framing 'the Jihad' in Western Africa: An Epistemic Disobedience’
Isaac Mensah, AfREC Postgraduate Fellow, School of Social Sciences, ‘Regionalism and Counter-terrorism in Africa’
Isaac Frimpong, AfREC Postgraduate Fellow, School of Social Sciences, ‘The Role of China in Peacekeeping in Africa’
Dr David Mickler, AfREC Interim Director, School of Social Sciences, ‘Reform of the African Union’