Zed Books is home to one of the most prestigious, identifiable and well-respected Africa Studies lists within scholarly publishing. Its reputation spans the UK, US, Europe and across Africa. The list includes a number of iconic series, many of which are the outcome of long standing partnerships with world renowned organisations.

Here at Zed Books, our publishing out put is both interdisciplinary and international in focus. As such we actively solicits work from across a broad range of subjects and disciplines, which adds to the richness of our Africa list. Our Africa titles span Politics, International Relations, Development Studies, Security Studies, Agriculture, Post-colonial Studies, History, Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as Cultural studies. Our series are focussed on continent-wide thematic issues, with each series designed and suited with a particular level of study in mind.

Titles in subject

Entrepreneurs and SMEs in Rwanda

The Model Pupil Paradox

David Poole

Gendered institutions and women’s political representation in Africa

From participation to transformation

Diana Højlund Madsen

The Agonistic City?

State-society Strife in Johannesburg

Li Pernegger


Economy, Society and Political Affairs

Edited by Matthias Rompel and Reimer Gronemeyer

Invisibility in African Displacements

From Marginalization to Strategies of Avoidance

Edited by Jesper Bjarnesen and Simon Turner

Africa's Shadow Rise

China and the Mirage of African Economic Development

Padraig Carmody, Peter Kragelund, and Ricardo Reboredo

Undoing Coups

The African Union and Post-coup Intervention in Madagascar

Antonia Witt

Africa and the Backlash Against International Courts

Peter Brett and Line Engbo Gissel

AIDS in the Shadow of Biomedicine

Inside South Africa's Epidemic

Isak Niehaus
Published in association with the International African Institute

Israel in Africa

Security, Migration, Interstate Politics

Yotam Gidron

Ironies of Solidarity

Insurance and Financialization of Kinship in South Africa

Erik Bähre

Development Planning in South Africa

Provincial Policy and State Power in the Eastern Cape

John Reynolds

Kakuma Refugee Camp

Humanitarian Urbanism in Kenya's Accidental City

Bram J. Jansen

Food Aid in Sudan

A History of Power, Politics and Profit

Susanne Jaspars

Liberia's Women Veterans

War, Roles and Reintegration

Leena Vastapuu
Illustrated by Emmi Nieminen

South Sudan’s Injustice System

Law and Activism on the Frontline

Rachel Ibreck
With a preface by Alex de Waal

Social Media and Politics in Africa

Democracy, Censorship and Security

Edited by Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony

Negotiating Public Services in the Congo

State, Society and Governance

Edited by Tom De Herdt and Kristof Titeca

Agricultural Reform in Rwanda

Authoritarianism, Markets and Zones of Governance

Chris Huggins

Mobility between Africa, Asia and Latin America

Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions

Edited by Ute Röschenthaler and Alessandro Jedlowski

South Sudan's Civil War

Violence, Insurgency and Failed Peacemaking

John Young


The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation

Edited by Jörg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello, and Elisa Greco

Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics

How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya

Nanjala Nyabola

Pentecostal Republic

Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria

Ebenezer Obadare
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