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New OECD report on cross-border cooperation

16.01.2017 - Olivier Walther

The OECD launched its new report on cross-border cooperation and policy networks in West Africa. Coedited by Associate Professor Olivier Walther, this publication examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa. It uses a pioneering methodology, known as social network analysis, to visualise the formal and informal relationships between actors involved in cross-border policy networks, showing that borders have notable and diverse impacts on exchanges of information and the relative power of networks.

CFP AAG 2017 Boston . Cross-Border Cooperation in West Africa

17.09.2016 - Olivier Walther

Call for papers: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, 5-9 April 2017 Session title: Cross-Border Co-operation in West Africa Organizers: Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark and Rutgers University; Marie Trémolières, OECD Please send proposed titles and abstracts (250 words or less) and/or expressions of interest to both Olivier Walther ( and Marie Trémolières ( no later than 15 October 2016. More info at

4- year PhD scholarship China-Africa X-border transport infrastructure

01.06.2016 - Olivier Walther

The AFRIGOS project at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh now invites applications for a 4-year PhD scholarship to work on China-Africa relations in transport infrastucture development and regional integration.  Details are available via the AFRIGOS project website (link below).  The 1st stage deadline is 21st June 2016.                   The successful applicant is expected to start her/his work in Edinburgh from September 2016. As stated in the job advert, we are ideally looking for someone with strong Mandarin skills and, of course, the successful candidate will need to be completely fluent in written and spoken English as well.                Please kindly forward this message to potential candidates and circulate it more widely in relevant networks, lists and on social media. AFRIGOS is on Twitter @AFRIGOS.              If potential applicants have any questions, these should be sent to:              The AFRIGOS team is already working on the job adverts for two 3-year postdoctoral level Research Fellows to start working on the project in autumn 2016. These will go live on the project website in the 2nd half of June 2016.

CFP AAG2016 New Geographies of War

11.09.2015 - Olivier Walther

Call for papers: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 29 March – 2 April, 2016 New Geographies of War Organizers: Steven Radil, University of Idaho; Olivier Walther, University of Southern Denmark We envision a session that brings together recent geographic scholarship on war that explores themes such as: •Geographic approaches to the ‘new war’ hypothesis •New spatialities of political power •Emergent transnational political networks and movements •Innovative geographic methodologies to the study of war •Contextual approaches to recent civil wars and insurgencies •Contagion effects of war •New dimensions to the normalization and pervasiveness of war Please send proposed paper titles and abstracts (250 words or less) to Steven Radil ( and Olivier Walther ( no later than 15 October, 2015.

CFP ABORNE Workshop, April 14-16, 2016, Beuggen (Germany)

17.06.2015 - Wolfgang Zeller

ABORNE Workshop, April 14-16, 2016, Beuggen (Germany) Deadline for paper abstracts: September 30, 2015. Please send a paper title, a clear and concise abstract of about 250 words and a short CV to A scientific committee will select those contributions which best fit the themes of the call for papers. Participants will be notified about the outcome by October 31st 2015. The organisers will not be able to fund travel expenses for participants from Europe and North America. Limited travel funds MIGHT be available for a small number of African par-ticipants. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you cannot attend the confer-ence without subsidies. Full details are in the attached document.