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The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies

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Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke

Professor of Sociology of Africa

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

  • directs the ERC INFRAGLOB project Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities
  • co-editor of Security Dialogue and the Spaces of Peace, Security and Development book series


University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30, GW II, Room: 00.15
​D-95447 Bayreuth

Phone: + 49 921 55-4137


Professional Background

Since 2019

Professor and Chair in Sociology of Africa, Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bayreuth

Since 2019

Associate Professor, before that Assistant Professor, and Rosalind Franklin Fellow, Department of International Relations IRIO, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen


ERC Starting Grant “Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities: Rethinking the Political Geographies of Economic Hubs from the Global South”


Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, research-focused tenure-track position to full professor for international female researchers + 4year PhD position funded by University of Groningen and EU COFUND


Honorary Fellow, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK

2015 – 2016

Acting full professor for Peace and Conflict Studies, Centre for Conflict Research, Phillips Universität Marburg

2015 – 2016

Visiting Professorship (Vertretungsprofessur): Acting Chair and Full Professor, Centre for Conflict Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Philipps-Universität Marburg


International conference grant for ‘New Political Topographies. Trans-boundary flows, authority and legitimation in Africa and beyond’; convened with Centre of African Studies Edinburgh. CAS +British International Studies Association + Binks Trust

2014 – 2015

CHSS Challenge Investment grant ‘Securing Transnational Business Spaces in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Political Topographies?’, CHSS Challenge Fund, University of Edinburgh, Principle Investigator

2014 – 2015

International workshop grant for Transnationalising Clientelism: External Governance and Informality in Areas of Limited Statehood, SFB 700, (principle investigator with Markus-Michael Müller, Anke Draude, Tanja Börzel and Marianne Braig)

2013 – 2014

Knowledge Exchange Fund for #BritainAfrica50: Fair Trade, Fair Extraction, Fair Play? with the Scottish Parliament and the BISA Africa in International Relations Working Group, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, principle investigator with Sarah Dorman

Since 2012

Lecturer (tenured) in International Relations, Politics and IR/School of Politics and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh

2010 – 2013

German Research Foundation grant ‘“Business and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa”’, co-author & acting Co-PI (formal applicant Tanja Börzel), as part of Research Centre SFB 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood

Since 2010

Post-doc researcher, Co-I on DFG research project “Business and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Collaborative Research Centre 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, Freie Universität Berlin


Visiting Postdoc fellowship, Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Since 2006

Research associate, Collaborative Research Centre SFB 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 2005

Research assistant, DFG research project "Governance beyond the state: Donor policies in Africa's new social spaces", with Prof. Ulf Engel, Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig


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