Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Centre of African Economies is an interdisciplinary research centre within the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University. Scholars associated with the centre research and publish on contemporary economic dynamics in Africa.

The Centre of African Economies researches and publishes on contemporary economic dynamics in Africa with a particular focus on:

  • the nature, pace and outcomes of capitalist transformation processes unfolding across the African continent;
  • who benefits and how those benefits are shared as well as how the distribution of economic benefits is contested and the implications for political instability;
  • linkage between the regulation of economic transactions and state formation in African countries; and
  • how commodification shapes relationships of humanitarianism and development and its impact on Africans.
Researchers at the Centre provide unique insights into these processes by applying methodologies that emphasize in-depth country knowledge as well as comparative work, and by employing both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Countries currently covered by the centre research include Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, and Tanzania.

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2010 2019

Light Manufacturing in Ethiopia: The apparel export industry

Whitfield, L. & Staritz, C., 17 Jan 2019, The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy. Cheru, F., Cramer, C. & Oqubay, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Advocacy Narratives and Celebrity Engagement: the Case of Ben Affleck in Congo

Budabin, A. C. & Richey, L. A., 23 May 2018, In : Human Rights. 40, p. 260-286 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Afropolitanism, celebrity politics, and iconic imaginations of North–South relations

Richey, L. A. & Christiansen, L. B., 1 Apr 2018, In : African Affairs. 117, 464, p. 238-260 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Projects 2015 2021

SPIWORK: Informal Worker Organisation and Social Protection

Riisgaard, L., Torm, N. & Mitullah, W.


Project: Research

Hierarchies of Rights

Buur, L., Jaime Macuane, J., Mondlane Tembe, C., Monjane, C. M., Salimo, P., Patey, L., Maganga, F., Pedersen, R. H., Mwakaje, A., Kweka, O., Sulle, E., Jacob, T. & Jarnholt, E. D.

01/01/2015 → …

Project: Research

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Lecture and oral contribution

Keynote Presentation: From Stigma to Brand: Commodifying and Aestheticizing Urban Poverty and Violence

Lisa Ann Richey (Speaker)
16 Feb 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Somalia connection in sugar smuggling syndicate revealed

Jacob Rasmussen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kenya efter valget: Kenyattas kontrolregime når nye alarmerende højder

Jacob Rasmussen & Marie Ladekjær Gravesen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Three bits of advice for blockchain advocates who think they understand aid

Tobias Hagmann & Adam Moe Fejerskov


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media