IDEAS Project End Event

Professor Parvati Raghuram, Professor Bart Rienties and Dr Markus Roos Breines visited South Africa to mark the end of the IDEAS project. UNISA’s annual ‘Research and Innovation Week’ offered a great opportunity to present key findings from the research project to a large audience.

We had a busy week with a range of meetings that Professor Ashley Gunter had arranged with UNISA staff at the Florida campus and Pretoria campus. We received a warm welcome by senior management as well as teaching staff, and were given the opportunity to share findings and discuss how these can be put to use.

The main event took place Thursday 7 March. Professor Magano and Dr Katumba from UNISA opened the event. The two postdoctoral researchers based in South Africa, Dr Reuben Lembani and Mwazvita Sanchikonye Dalu, joined us and contributed to the three hour long presentation of our findings. The audience consisted of UNISA staff at different levels, and they responded well and participated in the interactive segments. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session, and many important questions were raised and discussed, before Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Professor Mamba, closed the event.

Our week-long visit to South Africa was very productive and passed by very quickly. We wish to extend our thanks to everyone who contributed to making the event a great success and made our stay so pleasant.

Markus Roos Breines


Nov 13 2018

IDEAS at Society of South African Geographers 2018 Conference

The IDEAS team members, Dr. Mwazvita S. Dalu, Dr. Reuben L. Lembani and Prof Ashley Gunter, attended the South African Geographical Conference in October.

Sep 27 2018

Nordic Africa Days 2018

September has been a busy month for many of the team members of the IDEAS project. As we are moving into a phase where the main priority is to write up our findings in the coming months, the input we have gained from conferences and workshops will be very useful. The latest conference where I have presented findings from the IDEAS project was the Nordic Africa Days in Uppsala, Sweden.

Sep 27 2018

African Studies Association of the UK biennial conference 2018

In September, 2018, the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) conference took place in Birmingham, UK, which provided the IDEAS Project with an opportunity to share initial findings with a diverse audience. With more than 800 participants at the conference, there were a number of relevant panels and discussions that gave new insights into current research in Africa.