Collaborative Research Group African Politics and International Relations

The CRG African Politics and International Relations provides a network for Europe-based researchers with research interests in political and inter-/transnational developments in Africa. Members have a political science background or work in sociology, anthropology, political geography or other disciplines. In the general spirit of AEGIS, the thematic group represents and promotes interdisciplinary research. Research domains covered by the CRG include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • democratization and democratic institutions
  • nationalism, nation and state-building
  • parties, elections, and political competition
  • Africa in global politics, global politics in Africa
  • security and development interventions
  • governance by state and non-state actors
  • regional integration and regionalisms
  • political economy and development
  • Africa within the discipline of International Relations

Our CRG supports research dissemination and networking across Europe and Africa at relevant conferences, such as ECAS and EISA, where it seeks to sponsor and support panels. The CRG also aims to enhance exchange and cooperation with African research associations and serves as platform for sharing information on events, research activities and publications.

You can join us by emailing us your name, position, institutional affiliation and three to five keywords about your research domains. You find us on Twitter @CRG_PoliticsIR.

CRG Coordinators

Tabitha Mwangi
Consultant, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Julia Renner
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Political Science, University of Münster

Dr. Jörg Wiegratz
Lecturer, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds

Dr. Tim Zajontz
Research Fellow, Centre for International and Comparative Politics, Stellenbosch University


Join the CRG

The CRG is open to researchers interested in African politics and international relations. Membership is free. There is no requirement for members to be affiliated to an AEGIS centre.

If you would like to join the CRG, please email us your name, position, institutional affiliation and three to five keywords about your research domains.

You can also follow us on Twitter @CRG_PoliticsIR

Upcoming events

Our CRG is convening a panel with the title "Infrastructural futures: Situating Africa within global connectivity initiatives" at #ECAS2023 (31/5-3/6/2023 in Cologne).

For the call for papers, follow this link:


We are also planning a small, informal gathering of our CRG at #ECAS2023. More info will follow in due course.

New event format - #Exchange

Following the successful virtual CRG workshop in January 2021, the new coordinators team came up with the idea to offer a new event format that allows for more regular virtual #Exchanges about topics that are relevant to our CRG.

The idea is to offer a low-threshold platform for short (60-90 minutes) virtual presentations, discussions or interviews. #Exchanges is open for presentations of relevant research, for book presentations as well as talks of or interviews with practitioners, scholars, editors, etc.

The success of this event format will very much depend on you, the members. So, please email us your ideas and proposals for #Exchange events.

Past CRG Events


  • #Exchange with Anna Wolkenhauer (University of Bremen) on "How social protection makes the state: insights from Zambia", 16 June 2021
  • #Exchange with Frederic Noel Kogoui Kamta (University of Hamburg) on climate change and conflict-induced migration in North-East Nigeria and Cameroon, 27 April 2021
  • Online workshop ‘Non-Western Actors in Africa: Interests, Conflicts and Agency’, 21-22 January, with panels on: Africa and the Middle East: involvement and security implications; China’s involvement in Southern Africa; China and India: South-South cooperation, rivalry and African agency


  • Sponsored panels at ECAS on 'Populism and democracy in Africa' (convened with Alexander Beresford, University of Leeds) and 'Politics after war: armed actors in post-conflict societies' (convened with Ewa Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Folke Bernadotte Academy)