AfREC builds research collaboration through international networks


International research networks have been an important mechanism through which AfREC has built collaborations across Africa and the globe. Below, we highlight updates from four of AfREC’s key international networks for developing Africa-related collaborations: the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN), and the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).

Worldwide Universities Network


WUN is a leading global higher education and research network made up of 23 universities, spanning 13 countries on six continents. The most talented researchers and educators are ever more dispersed globally. Capitalizing on this, WUN brings together major universities that sit in widely diverse geographical and cultural contexts, and which in partnership provide an unparalleled richness of talent and resources that are brought to bear on major research problems. Through its Research Development Fund WUN provides support to establish collaborative research that falls within four globally significant themes:

Within each of these major Global Challenge areas, collaborating researchers from partner universities are at work on a range of focused problems.


From 2016-18, UWA (and through it, AfREC) Co-Chaired the WUN Global Africa Group (GAG) with the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The other African WUN member universities are the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana. Following a series of collaborative projects and workshops in Accra, Cape Town and Nairobi, and a public forum at UWA in May 2018 on ‘Africa and Sustainable Development Agendas’, GAG was invited to present its work as one of seven “WUN Success Stories” at the WUN Annual Conference & AGM held in Dublin from 19-24 May 2019. The GAG presentation can be viewed here.