The three post-docs all work on projects related to inclusive and sustainable industrialisation in Africa. They visit AAU as part of the AfricaLics Visiting Fellowsship Programme and are selected on the basis of an open call.
The post-docs are invited to Denmark by the Cluster for Research on Innovation and Development (CRID), which is a network under the IKE research group at AAU.
Renewable energy and innovative capabilities in agro-industry
The post-docs are Charity Osei-Amponsah from STEPRI (Ghana), Abdi Yuya from Adama Science and Technology University and Kassahun Yimer Kibede from Addis Ababa University (both from Ethiopia).
Kassahun focusses mainly on renewable energy (solar and biogas) in Ethiopia, while Abdi and Charity are looking into the potential for developing innovative capabilities in agro-industry with main focus on the role of small and medium-sized enterprises in Ethiopia and Ghana respectively.
Training in research project management
As part of the programme, the three post-docs are receiving formal and informal training in research project management. They will also work with collaborating partners at their home institutions and at AAU to develop their research activities.
Finally, they will be co-editing a special issue on Building innovation capabilities for sustainable industrialisation in Africa: Status and prospects.
Company visits in Aalborg
During their research stays at AAU (three months in 2018 and three months in the second half of 2019) the post-docs are physically located at the AAU campus in Copenhagen.
However, in November 2018 they also visited Aalborg to learn more about NOVI, Access2Innovation and the production of blades for wind turbines at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. During the visit they also had discussions with selected members of the IKE group.
The AfricaLics Visiting Fellowship Programme is developed and hosted by the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University in the second phase (2017-2021). It includes a pilot programme aimed at early career development for young African scholars working in the field of Innovation and Development and support to the development of research hubs at their home institutions.
The programme receives financial support from Swedish Sida and main responsibility for the programme is anchored at the African Centre for Technology Studies in Kenya (host of the AfricaLics secretariat).