Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

Sustainable Governance

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The Merian initiative is a special initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research which was launched in 2015. Its overarching aim is to support research in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Global South by establishing and maintaining International Centres (or: Institutes) for Advanced Studies for a period of up to 12 years.

Aims of the Merian Centres

  • Internationalisation of Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences
  • Understanding societal developments and global environmental changes from diverse perspectives
  • Providing a counterbalance to the current asymmetric distribution of knowledge and supporting local knowledge production
  • Laying the foundation for long-term cooperations of top local and global researchers


  • Foundation of thematically focussed Centres for Advanced Studies in Asia, Latin America, and Africa
  • Organisational support from German consortia of universities and research institutes
  • Fellowship programmes and promotion of local early career researchers
  • Dissemination of knowledge and public outreach through workshops and publications

Funding phases

  • Preliminary phase (2-3 years)
  • reparation and planning
  • Establishment of the Centre
  • Main phase (6 years)
  • hematically focused research
  • Local, German and international fellows
  • Conclusion phase (3-4 years)

Current Merian Centres

Delhi, India – Metamorphoses of the Political (established in July 2015)

Guadalajara, Mexico – Coping with Crises (established in March 2017)

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Conviviality in Unequal Societies (established in April 2017)

Accra, Ghana – Sustainable Governance (established in March 2018)

Afrique : Ghana
Type d'institution
Institutions non françaises : Autre institut de recherche ou laboratoire d'idées

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