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 Dr. Kocra L. Assoua


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 Dr. Peter Narh

 Director of Research


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 Dr. Kofi Evam Glover
 Deputy Director of Research


 Claudia Köhler (M.A.)

 Executive Director

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  Dr. Vincenzo Grauso

  Deputy Executive Director



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 Lamine Doumbia (M. A.)

 Director of Africa Coordination Unit



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Peter Narh, PhD

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Director of Research

Peter Narh holds a PhD in Development Studies (with speicalisation in natural resource and environmental governance) from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. His research interest lies in  understanding linkages between development paradigm, resource relations, environmental sustainability, and societal transformation with particular regards to Africa. For his doctoral degree, he explored interaction between formal tree planting regimes and informal property rights regimes and livelihoods in Dormaa in Ghana. From Achimota School in Accra for his High School certificate, he studied Geography at the University of Ghana and Development studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, both in Ghana, between 1999 and 2007 for his Bachelor and Master degrees respectively.

His research skills include basic modelling (Agent-based modelling), Atlas.ti usage, basic SPSS usage, and Microsoft Office. Since 2011, he has been a research officer on voluntary basis at the Farafina Institute. While studying in Ghana, Peter Narh worked as a student assistant until 2008 on a number of environment and land-based research projects at the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ghana, and also at the Centre for Land Studies of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Between October 2008 and April 2009, he was a Programme Coordinator at the Friederich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ghana.

At the University of Bayreuth, he had been involved in various programmes and also held a couple of positions in the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) where he obtained his doctoral degree. These programmes and positions include: BIGSAS Junior Fellow Representative in 2012 and BIGSAS Research Area C Representative in 2011 (both student coordinator positions), as well as coordinator of the Bayreuth Workgroup on Governance in Africa. He also served on the 2012 editorial board of BIGSASworks!, a BIGSAS junior fellows’ online journal, as well as on the editorial board of ‘The BIGSAS world!’, a newsletter of BIGSAS junior fellows.

Kocra L. Assoua (Ph.D)

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Dr. Kocra Lossina Assoua


He is a Political Scientist by training. He studied Political Sciences and Economics at the University of Siegen in Germany where he was awarded his PhD in Political Science in 2007.

Mr. Assoua worked from April-September 2007 at ICON- Institute in Cologne as Project Assistant and later as Research Assistant at the Department of Sociology of Development at the University of Bayreuth.

He was Assistant Professor of Development Policy and African Politics and a Principal Investigator at the Institute of African Studies of the University of Bayreuth from 2009 to 2013. From 2010 to 2011, he was the first Chairman of the African Good Governance Network (AGGN).

His research interests include development policy, international relations, governance issues in third world countries, local government and decentralization policy, political culture and political systems, electoral behavior in Africa, peace and conflict studies, and comparative political studies. Mr. Assoua has conducted many field research and surveys in Ghana and Ivory Coast, and other cross-national regions in West Africa. He  supervised several DAAD funded PhD research projects within BIGSAS.

Email: kocra.assoua@farafina-institute.org


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