Northern theories for Southern contexts?

Over the last two years, I have thought a lot about the use of ‘Western’ scientific theoretical frameworks to analyse phenomenon in the developing world. This question has been particularly relevant for me as an African student, studying African innovation in a European university, and mingling largely with European scholars throughout my doctoral work. Much […]

The Study of Innovation and Sustainability… What about Politics, Economics and Culture?

“Sustainability” is a notion that is hotly debated across academic and non-academic arenas. What does this term mean? The term has its origins within environmental movements, thus the common layman understanding that sustainability is synonymous with ‘green’. Over time however, the connotations of the term have evolved to incorporate economic and political overtones. Many conceptualisations of sustainability exist now across […]

China, the new idol for Africa?

There’s been a lot of debate on the new China-Africa economic relations. The Chinese say that aid and investment in Africa, which has doubled in the last few years, is about co-operation and mutual benefit. Many in the West, however, are suspicious. They’re concerned about the Chinese self-interested pursuit of Africa’s vast natural resources, and […]

Maia Von Lekow

Where was I when contemporary songstress Maia Von Lekow burst into the Kenyan scene? She’s awesome! Her music fuses “jazz, funk, folk & blues, sprinkled with Swahili spice”. Love it! Maia’s based in Nairobi. Born to a Kenyan father and a German/Italian mother, her music appeals to a large variety of audiences across the world. She […]

Considering a PhD in Germany

In my decision to pursue higher education abroad, I considered several potential desitinations. Top on my list were English-speaking countries in the following order: USA, Canada, UK and Australia. The US fascinated me, Canada is next to the US :), the UK’s education system is familiar, and Australia would have been fun based on my […]