CODESRIA 2017 Economic Justice Institute for Scholars & Researchers in African Universities – Accra, Ghana

Application Deadline: 10 April 2017.

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, invites applications for participation in an institute on ‘Economic Justice and Climate Change in Africa’ to be convened in Accra, Ghana from 29 May to 7 June 2017, on the broad theme of ‘Economic Justice in Africa: Climate change, Inequalities and Development’. This call targets scholars and researchers working in African universities and research centres; practitioners and civil society activists working in the areas of climate change, social and economic justice, resource governance, property rights, commodification and extension of markets, climate justice, agriculture and other issues in the broad area of sustainable development.

The institute is a follow-up to the 2015 Economic Justice institute that was held in Durban, South Africa in partnership with OSISA Economic Justice programme from 7–18 September 2015 on the theme ‘Economic Justice in Africa: Globalization, the State and Civil Society’.

CODESRIA is a pan-African research organization established in 1973 with the broad goal of promoting the work of African social scientists. The main mandate of CODESRIA is to promote social science research in Africa with a view to producing knowledge that can both enhance the understanding of the social dynamics and structural transformations going on within Africa and in the world around us, and inform policy and social action. CODESRIA does this by supporting research by individuals and networks on identified thematic priorities and through convening institutes and methodological workshops. The theme for this institute is anchored on CODESRIA’s 2017-2021 strategic plan whose focus is on ‘Reaching New Frontiers in Social Research and Knowledge Production for African Transformation and Development’.

The specific objectives are to:

• Support the development of knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate change and inclusive sustainable development in Africa and deepen critical thinking amongst practitioners, activists and key policy makers around current issues on climate change, social justice and inequality;
• Strengthen the interaction and engagement between academics and grassroots networks working in the area of climate change, social justice and inequality related issues in Africa.

Application procedures

Applications for laureates should include:

1. A letter indicating institutional or organizational affiliation;
2. A curriculum vitae;
3. A five-page concept note; including the title, a brief overview of the relationship between the candidate’s working area and the problematic and concerns raised by the theme of the Economic Justice Institute; an outline of the paper the candidate intends to develop after the institute for publication and an indication of how issues raised in the concept note intersect with the plight of marginal communities in the ‘climate change adaptation and mitigation agendas’. 
4. Two (2) reference letters from scholars, researchers or activists known for their competence and expertise in the candidate’s working area, including their names, addresses, and email addresses.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is 10 April 2017. Selected applicants will be notified by 28 April 2017.

Submission of Applications

All applications should be sent as electronic email only in word format, to: 
[email protected]

For further information, please contact:
Economic Justice Institute
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop x Canal IV
BP 3304, CP 18524, Dakar, Senegal
Tel.: (221) 33 825 98 21/22/23
E-mail: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CODESRIA 2017 Economic Justice Institute


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