ANTHUSIA is a multi-disciplinary research project in the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa conducted by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway). The consortium also collaborates with numerous nonacademic and academic partner organizations with expertise in a variety of different human security issues in Africa that will contribute to the ESRs’ training and the project’s impact and dissemination. The project is funded by the EU under Horizon 2020. 

Combining competencies from Anthropology, Human Security and African Studies, the project aims to foster talent relevant to current challenges and potentials of developing safe societies in Africa. By exploring different areas from a human security perspective, the research will provide insights into problems such as expanding young populations, accelerated urbanization, unequally distributed growth, recurring conflicts, persistent health problems, and refugee insecurity.

ANTHUSIA will recruit 16 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). Each ESR is supervised by two senior researchers from two universities, will do one year of empirical research in Africa, including 3-5 months of secondment, participate in PhD courses and disseminate research in a thesis as well as articles, presentations, and policy briefs using visual media. They will be awarded a joint doctoral degree from the two universities, where the supervisors are based.