Research projects 5
Faith in public culture? Mainline Christianity and the politics of belonging in post-conflict Northern Uganda
Through an ethnographic study of Catholic and Anglican parishes in Kitgum, Northern Uganda, this study aims to find ways for conceptualising the relationship between Christianity and public culture in post-conflict society. The study contends that nuanced, contextualised understandings of the relationships between religion and politics are essential also for a more general understanding of politics and development in the region.
The Determination and Implementation of Strategic Objectives in Higher Education: The Balanced Scorecard as a Performance Management Framework for Higher Education in Cameroon
The research is done in towards a doctoral dissertation. The study is focused on the Cameroon higher education system. The objective is to identify the strategic objectives of higher education in Cameroon; how they are determined and implemented at the system and institutional levels. The balanced scorecard (BSC) approach will then be used to show how the determination and implementation and evaluation of strategic objectives can be facilitated by the BSC approach.The endpoints would be to: -Highlight the feasibility of the BSC approach to the Cameroonian higher education -Determine the structural capacity of the Cameroonian Higher Education System to use the BSC in determining, implementing and evaluating its strategic objectives. -Outline a System and Institutional BSC for Cameroon based on the data from interviews and document reviews. To achieve this, policy document reviews and qualitative semi-structured interviews are conducted with policy makers and then one higher education institution.
Building a Professional Learning Community in a Conflict and Post-conflict Environment: A Case Study of a High School in Liberia
The aim of this research is to find out how a professional learning community is built in a school in a conflict and post-conflict environment. This research will contribute to education reconstruction in conflict and post-conflict societies as no research has written on education reconstruction using the lenses of professional learning communities (PLCs) in these environments.
We investigate the effectiveness of the Madagascar Protected Area network in decreasing deforestation rates and forest fires, accounting for confounding factors such as remoteness and accessibility. We will apply matching methods to get an overall assessment of the effectiveness of the PA network and look at the potential links to governance and protected area management.
Dr. Mar Cabeza, MSc. Johanna Eklund, Dr. Tarmo Virtanen, MSc. Ricardo Rocha, Dr. Lauren Coad
Establish a long-term framework for communication, collaboration and coordination of programme owners/ managers related to S&T co-operation from Europe and Africa . Reinforce EU-Africa S&T collaboration by promoting joint learning by African and European research programme owners and managers and identifying relevant instruments to address more effectively the global challenges of sustainable development. Develop joint funding schemes and procedures between European and African programme owners aiming at supporting joint activities. Strengthen African research capacities and improve the impact of research for development in Africa. Strengthening the impact and the influence of S&T research implies enhancing the transfer of new knowledge to the benefit of the society. It also implies the achievement of greater coherence between research outputs and policies and funding instruments in other areas than research.