Department of Politics and International Studies & Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Intergenerational Justice in Eastern Africa

A Leverhulme International Fellowship (2024-2025) will enable Professor Phil Clark to create the Centre for Intergenerational Justice in Africa (CIJA).

Based in Kigali, Rwanda, and jointly hosted by the University of Rwanda (UR) and SOAS, CIJA will aim, within 10-years, to become a leading institution for social science research, teaching and policy advice in eastern Africa. As the world’s youngest region, with 75% of its population aged under 35, eastern Africa faces acute challenges affecting relations among older, younger, future and past generations.

This has produced calls for ‘intergenerational justice’ in domains as diverse as youth employment, migrant remittances, land inheritance, and reparations for climate change and colonial violence. CIJA will constitute the first early career research institute in eastern Africa. It will offer fixed-term lectureships, post-doctoral fellowships and PhD scholarships to east African researchers exploring intergenerational justice across the social sciences and humanities.

CIJA will also deliver a unique MA programme in Intergenerational Justice, comprising tailor-made courses, co-created, co-taught and co-credentialed by UR and SOAS and offered to students globally.