Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies


Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects

The conference organisers are very grateful to the following for financial contributions that have made this conference possible.


LUCAS is the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. LUCAS aims to bring together people from different academic backgrounds who share an interest in Africa.  LUCAS aims not only to promote African studies within the University, but also in the city of Leeds and further afield. Academic modules with African content run in various faculties of the University. With this interdisciplinary approach students are introduced to different aspects of Africa, encompassing, for example, political, anthropological, economic, development, linguistic or artistic issues. LUCAS furthermore hosts about ten open seminars and other events on African topics in each academic year, culminating in the Annual Lecture by an eminent speaker.

In 2005, LUCAS set up its 'Schools Project', offering schools in Leeds a unique opportunity to enhance their educational provision. Within this scheme, post-graduate African students promote greater awareness of Africa amongst young people in Leeds. The pilot project was very successful and is now being extended to all primary schools.

For more information on LUCAS, please check out the LUCAS website


EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. Its membership includes a wide range of development research and training organisations, think tanks, national bodies and researchers throughout Europe.

EADI pursues the following objectives: 

  • to promote quality in research and education in development studies 
  • to promote contacts among affiliated members, inter alia, by disseminating information on research in progress or on studies and experiments in training and on new training schemes
  • to establish or facilitate exchanges, working relations and useful cooperation between the affiliates on the one hand and the regional associations, institutions of research and/or training and individual researchers in African, Asian and Latin American countries on the other
  • to cooperate with governments, development agencies, and international organisations, in development training and research activities
  • to communicate and disseminate research and training results on development to government and private development agencies, international organisations, as well as to policy-makers and the mass media.

EADI organises workshops, seminars and conferences bringing together academics and policy-makers, and provides training and networking opportunities for students and young researchers. EADI furthermore has several publishing outlets, such as through their European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) and their book series.

For more information on EADI, please consult the EADI website

Taylor and Francis

Building on two centuries' experience, Taylor & Francis has grown rapidly over the last two decades to become a leading international academic publisher. With offices in the UK, in the USA and in Singapore and Melbourne, the Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1000 journals and around 1,800 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles. For two centuries Taylor & Francis has been fully committed to the publication of scholarly information of the highest quality, and today this remains the primary goal.

For more information on Taylor & Francis, please have a look at the Taylor & Francis website.

Among the many journals published by Taylor & Francis, two titles are of special interest to the Democratization in Africa Conference. They are Democratization and the Review of African Political Economy.

Democratization Journal

Democratization is a peer reviewed academic journal that aims to promote a better understanding of democratization. Democratization is defined as the way democratic norms, institutions and practices evolve and are disseminated both within and across national and cultural boundaries. While the focus is on democratization viewed as a process, the journal also builds on the enduring interest in democracy itself and its analysis. The emphasis is contemporary and the approach comparative, with the publication of scholarly contributions about those areas where democratization is currently attracting considerable attention world-wide. There is special reference to democratization in the developing world and in post-communist societies, but not to the exclusion of other relevant areas such as North America, Australasia, and the European Union and its member states. The journal aims to encourage debate on the many aspects of democratization that are of interest to policy-makers, administrators and journalists, aid and development personnel, as well as to all those involved in education.

Since taking over in January 2008, the two general editors, Professor Jeffrey Haynes and Professor Gordon Crawford, have aimed to continue the upward trend started by their predecessors, by maintaining a high standard of quality for publication.

For more information, please consult the Democratization journal website for instructions on how to submit an article, access to free sample copies and contact information.

The Review of African Political Economy, ROAPE Journal

The Review of African Political Economy, ROAPE, is a peer reviewed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. Published quarterly by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group for the ROAPE international collective it has since 1974 provided radical analysis of trends and issues in Africa. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression, whether driven by global forces or local ones (such as class, race, community and gender), and to materialist interpretations of change in Africa. It has sustained a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa.

Please check out the ROAPE journal website for more information, instructions on how to submit an article, and free sample copies.

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