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Joshua Kwesi Aikins

Joshua Kwesi Aikins is a research associate at the section for development policy and postcolonial studies and a PhD candidate at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology. He studied at Freie Universität Berlin and University of Ghana and holds a diploma in political science. His research interests include the interaction between western-style and indigenous political institutions in Ghana, post- and decolonial perspectives on 'development', cultural and political representation of the African Diaspora, coloniality and the politics of memory in Germany.
He is involved in various projects at the intersection of academic analysis and civic engagement. In Ghana, his involvement spans conceptual and policy work as associate researcher for the Ghana Constitution Review Commission (2010-2011) and the development and scientific lead for Ghana Vote Compass, Ghana's first Voter advice application for the December 2012 elections. In Germany, he works as an educator and trainer in the fields of civic education with a focus on de/coloniality and it's contestations in pulic space, human rights based anti-racism and empowerment.