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ANTHUSIA joint PhD-programme on the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa

The Centre of African Studies is one of the members of a consortium of four universities in Denmark (Aarhus University, consortium lead), the United Kingdom (University of Edinburgh), Belgium (Catholic University of Leuven) and Norway (University of Oslo) managing the European Joint Doctorate /Innovative Training Network Anthropology of Human Security in Africa ANTHUSIA (2018-2022). ANTHUSIA is funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodoswka-Curie grant agreement no. 764546). 

Combining competencies from Anthropology, Human Security and African Studies, the project aims to foster talent relevant to current challenges and potentials 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 employs 16 PhD-candidates or ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). Each ESR is supervised by two senior researchers from two universities in the consortium, conducts one year of empirical research in Africa, including 3-5 months of secondment, participates in PhD courses and disseminates research in a PhD-thesis as well as articles, presentations, and policy briefs using visual media. They will be awarded a joint doctoral degree from the two universities, where the supervisors are based.  

The Centre of African Studies, School of Social and Political Science hosts three PhD-students in African Studies and co-supervises four PhD-students at the University of Oslo and Aarhus University. 

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