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RICHARD ASANTE - SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
Richard Asante is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He holds a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana under the Harvard University, USA/University of Ghana Split PhD Programme. He was a Special Student at Harvard University, USA, (2008/2009) where he pursued the course-work component of his PhD. Dr. Asante is a recipient of several academic Awards. In 2012, he was awarded the Mellon Global Encounters Postdoctoral Award (a competitive Award for African based scholars) by Northwestern University, USA. In the 2012-2013 academic year, he taught African politics at the Program of African Studies, (PAS), Northwestern University, USA while working on book manuscript, social capital and democratic consolidation in Ghana for publication by Northwestern University Press (NUP). The manuscript examined the impact of social capital on democratic consolidation in Ghana. In 2005, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at Oxford University where he worked with the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), Oxford University, UK on Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict Management. As well, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Faculty, New School University, USA (2003). In 2010, he served as a Visiting Afrobarometer Fellow at the Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU) in the University of Cape Town, (UCT) South Africa where he studied advanced political science and Afrobarometer survey research. Dr. Asante is currently the Regional Manager of Anglo West Africa of the Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM), a research Project designed to provide an alternative measurement of democracy from 1900, hosted at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

His research interests span the political economy of African development, democratization, and social capital and political development. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in African politics, he has published on ethnicity and public sector governance, elections, and youth and political development. He has consulted for the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), Oxford University, UK. In 2005 and 2006, he consulted (with E. Gyimah-Boadi) for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, and the United Nations Human Rights Commission on Minority Rights. His is a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Consortium for Development Partnerships (CDP), a research network currently researching on conflict and conflict prevention in West Africa.

His most recent publications include "Local Power Struggles, Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Ghana. The Causes, Dynamics and Policy Implications of Land-related Conflicts in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions of Ghana" CODESRIA Research Reports: NO. 3, pp. 1-32, (co-authored with J.R.A. Ayee, A.K.D. Frempong and K.Boafo-Arthur), and "Conflict Mobility in Ghana: The Case of the Fulani in The Kwahu North District", CODESRIA Research Reports (forthcoming), (with J.R.A. Ayee, and A.K.D. Frempong).

JOURNAL(S) ARTICLES

Asante Richard (2014) "Dynamics and Trends in Social Trust in Ghana"International Area Studies Review, Volume 17 Issue 1 (March), pp. 41 - 56.

Asante Richard (2013) "Making Democracy Work? Quasi-Public Entities and the Drama of Elections in Ghana", Journal of African Elections, Vol. 12, No.2, (October), pp. 56-74.

Richard Asante (2011) "Ethnicity, Religion and Conflict in Ghana: Roots of Ga Nativism" Ghana Studies, Vol. 14, 81-131.

Richard Asante (2006) "Youth Responses to the HIV/AIDS Crisis: A Case Study of New Juaben Municipality, Ghana" Research Review, New Series, Vo. 22, No. 2: 77-92.

RESEARCH REPORT AND MONOGRAPH

Asante Richard, Maavi Norman, Eitan Tzelgov, and Staffan I. Lindberg (2013) Media in West Africa: A Thematic Report Based on Data 1900--‐2012. V-Dem Thematic Report Series, No. 1, October 2013. Prepared for The European Union.

Asante Richard (2012) "The Youth and the Future of Democracy in Ghana", Policy Research Series No. 3, pp. 1-28). (Accra, The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEC).

Joseph R. A. Ayee, Alex K. D. Frempong, Richard Asante, Kwame Boafo-Arthur (2011) Local Power Struggles, Conflicts and Conflict Resolution The Causes, Dynamics and Policy Implications of Land-related Conflicts in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions of Ghana.CODESRIA, NO. 3, pp. 1-32.

Richard Asante (2012) "The Youth and the Future of Democracy in Ghana" Policy Research Series No. 3, 2012 (Accra: The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEC, pp. 1-28).

BOOK CHAPTERS

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Asante Richard (2013). "Growth Without Security? Dilemmas of Youth and Human Security in Africa" in Owoahene-Acheampong, S. (ed.) African Studies and Knowledge Production, Accra, Subsaharan Publishers (pp. 157-176).

Richard Asante and Kojo Opoku Aidoo (2013). "Human Security in Africa" in Takyiwaa Manuh and Esi Sutherland-Addy (Eds) Africa in Contemporary Perspective: A Textbook for Undergraduate Students.Accra Subsaharan Publishers (Ch.12. pp.248-265)

Takyiwaa Manuh and Richard Asante (2012) 'Challenges in Democratic Local Governance in Ghana' in Mariano Pavanello (ed.)Poteri Locali Poteri Tradizionali: Decentramento, Sviluppo e Storia in Africa (Roma: Aracne, pp. 27-50)

Gyimah-Boadi, E and Richard Asante (2006) 'Ethnic Structure, Inequality and Public Sector Governance in Ghana' in Yusuf Bangura (ed.) Ethnic Inequalities and Public Sector Governance. (Macmillan: Palgrave Macmillan/United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva), (Chapter 11, Pages 241-260).

Richard Asante (2006) 'The Youth and Politics in Ghana: Reflections on the 2004 General Elections' in Kwame Boafo-Arthur (ed.) Voting for Democracy in Ghana, the 2004 elections in perspective. Thematic Studies Vol. 1. (Accra: Freedom Publications), (Chapter 11, pages 211-236).

Richard Asante (2006) 'Local Factors that Shaped the 2004 General Elections in the Ejura-Sekyedumase, Mampong and Effiduase-Asokore Constituencies, in Kwame Boafo-Arthur (ed.) Voting for Democracy in Ghana, the 2004 elections in perspective.Constituency Studies Vol. 2. (Accra: Freedom Publications), (Chapter 11, pages, 231-255).

Takyiwaa Manuh and Richard Asante (2005). "Reaping the Gains of Ghanaians Overseas. An Evaluation of the Homing Coming Summit of 2001" In Manuh, T. (ed.), At Home in the World? International Migration and Development in Contemporary Ghana and West Africa.(Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers), (Chapter 14, pages 292-310).

Takyiwaa Manuh,Richard Asante and Jerome Djangmah (2005). "The Brain Drain in the Higher Education Sector in Ghana" In Manuh, T. (ed.), At Home in the World? International Migration and Development in Contemporary Ghana and West Africa. (Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers), (Chapter 12, 250-276).

Richard Asante (In Press) "Growth Without Security? Dilemmas of Youth and Human Security in Africa", in Stephen Owoahene-Acheampong (ed.) African Studies and Knowledge Production.(Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers), (Chapter 11).

 

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