Chief Research Officer at SALDRU, A/Prof. Ariane De Lannoy, has been appointed to the supervisory board of ANTHUSIA.
ANTHUSIA is a multi-disciplinary research project in the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa conducted by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway). The consortium collaborates with numerous non-academic and academic partner organizations with expertise in a variety of different human security issues in Africa. Each of the partners contribute to the training of the Early Stage Researchers’ (ESRs) on the programme, and to the project’s impact and dissemination.
Combining competencies from Anthropology, Human Security and African Studies, the project aims to foster talent relevant to the current challenges and potential of developing safe societies in Africa. By exploring different areas from a human security perspective, the research will provide insights into problems such as expanding young populations, accelerated urbanization, unequally distributed growth, recurring conflicts, persistent health problems, and refugee insecurity.
ANTHUSIA has recruited 16 ESRs. Each ESR is supervised by a pair of senior researchers from two European universities and will conduct one year of empirical research in Africa. The program includes a 3-5 months secondment, participation in PhD courses and dissemination of research findings in a thesis as well as articles, presentations, and policy briefs using visual media. The ESRs will be awarded a joint doctoral degree from the two universities where the supervisors are based.
SALDRU Graduate Associate, Evelien Storme, who is co-supervised by De Lannoy, has been admitted into the programme. She is now a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, affiliated to the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium.