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Clement Sefa-Nyarko

Postdoctoral research associate, La Trobe University

Clement has over eight years of experience in critical social assessments in sub-Saharan Africa. His research has focused on social determinants of political stability and is currently undertaking a study to reframe the natural resource curse discourse in Ghana using political theory analyses. He assesses political behaviour and institutions that inform decision-making and legitimacy of the state, particularly around natural resource management and distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. He has two previous Master of Arts degrees obtained from Kings College London and the University of Ghana on the broad areas of history, demography, and politics. He has a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Clement is an alumnus of the African Leadership Centre’s African Scholars Programme.


  • 2019–present
    PhD Candidate in History, La Trobe University
  • 2015–2020
    Research Manager, Participatory Development Associates


  • 2015 
    University of Ghana, Master of Arts in Population Studies
  • 2013 
    Kings College London, Master of Arts in Conflict, Security and Development
  • 2011 
    University of Ghana, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


  • 2020
    Ethnicity in Electoral Politics in Ghana: Colonial Legacies and the Constitution as Determinants , Critical Sociology (
  • 2016
    Civil War in South Sudan: Is It a Reflection of Historical Secessionist and Natural Resource Wars in “Greater Sudan”?, African Security, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 188-210
  • 2016
    Competing Narratives of Post-independence Violence in Ghanaian Social Studies Textbooks, 1987 to 2010, In D. Bentrovato, K. V. Korostelina, M. Schulze "History Can Bite", pp. 61-84
  • 2015
    History Production after undemocratic regime change: The impact of competing narratives of Ghana’s post-independence violence on political stability, Strife Journal, Issue 5, pp. 20-27,