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Sustainable Development and Citizenship in Africa


Afrobarometer surveys measure a wide range of indicators that capture core elements of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as economic well-being, access to food, clean water, sewerage, electricity and medical care. In 2021, Afrobarometer began a series of SDG Country Reports that track national progress toward these goals across 35 countries. While these reports are of enormous value, they describe national trends but do not tell us why some countries do better (or worse) than others.


We welcome applications for PhD projects that promise to close this knowledge gap. The successful project will explore the links between factors associated with citizenship in Africa’s developing nations, citizen participation (or abstention), and government performance in delivering sustainable development.


To empirically study these relationships, proposed projects should rely on Afrobarometer, or other quantitative data that describe respondents’ individual characteristics, values, experiences and behaviours across Africa. Proposals might also complement correlational analysis with innovative research designs that take advantage of both similarities and differences across national boundaries, or survey responses before and after the initial wave of COVID-19 lockdowns.


Closing date: 5 May 2022



Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, University of Strathclyde


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