Emmanuel Siaw


Personal profile

Educational background

Diploma Management of Information Systems, IMIS-UK

BA Political Science with Information Studies, University of Ghana

MPhil Political Science, University of Ghana

Research interests

I have three key areas of research interests:

  1. Ideologies and how they shape foreign policy decisions of African states/governments
  2. African Agency, Structure and Dependency in International Relations
  3. Electoral Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Africa

My PhD thesis addresses a theoretical and policy question on ideology. It analyses how ideologies shape African states’ foreign policies. I contend that the argument that puts ideology on the fringes of policy analysis in Africa does so not because ideology is unimportant but because the African-centric literature is yet to catch up with the contemporary conceptual developments in the field. This hinders its analytical utility regarding the foreign policies of African states. Therefore, a way ideology can be brought back is by reconceptualising the concept and building a framework that establishes a synergy between thought and action. It shows how such complementarity helps push ideology beyond the frontiers of just thinking to its influence on actual policymaking. I demonstrate this by drawing on practical examples from Ghana and other African countries to explore how ideology can add to our understandings and insights into African states’ foreign policies.


PR2460 - Politics Outside the West (RHUL 2018/19, 2019/20)

POLI441 - Political Economy of Africa's Development since Independence (University of Ghana, 2015/16, 2016/17)

POLI444 - Electoral Politics and Democracy in Ghana (University of Ghana, 2015/16, 2016/17)

POLI455 - Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice (University of Ghana, 2015/16, 2016/17)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, Master of Philosophy, Change and Continuity in Ghana's Foreign Policy : Focus on Economic Diplomacy and Good Neighbourliness Under Rawlings and Kufuor, University of Ghana

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Political Science with Information Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Post Conflict Peace Building and Transitional Justice: The case of South Africa, University of Ghana

Award Date: 31 May 2012

Managemet Information System, Diploma, Information Technology and Contemporary Marketing

Award Date: 29 Aug 2008

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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