Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)



Woman looking at cave paintings in Africa, research in Africa
UCL has a vast breadth of research on African issues. Below is a selection of that research focusing on projects of the African Studies Research Centre core staff. Further information on UCL-wide projects can be found at the bottom of this page or by following the individual researcher links on the people page. To learn more about our research vision please visit the about us page.

Research projects of core African Studies Research Centre staff

NameResearch interests
Professor Kevin MacDonald 

Historical Anthropology of African Political Traditions; The African Diaspora; Oral Traditions; Pottery Analysis; Lithics Analysis; Archaeolozoology; African Pastoralism and its Development; Historical Archaeology in the New World

View Kevin's research page (UCL IRIS)

Dr Matthew Davies

Management of landscapes, ecological diversity, climate, and questions of sustainability and resilience; agricultural systems in Eastern Africa, community practice and knowledge both historically and anthropologically, often employing a perspective known as historical ecology.

View Matthew's research page (UCL IRIS)
Palm, Sand and Fish: Traditional Technologies of the Daughters of the Azanian Coast
Prosperity Co-Lab Kenya
Marakwet Research Project
African Farming Research Network

Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach

Migration, Dance and Society, Performance and Popular Culture in Francophone West Africa

View Hélène's research page (UCL IRIS)
Hélène's personal research website

Selected UCL Africa research in other departments