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About the Center

The staff and programs of the African Studies Center work to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa, including the sponsorship of a wide variety of activities that bring together interested faculty and students from a large number of academic disciplines, focusing on the interconnected issues of political change, expressive culture, gender, sustainability, health, and Islam. The African Studies Center is located in the FedEx Global Education Center on the UNC Campus and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.    Diversity Policy

UNC to lead 5-year NSF PIRE grant

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty and Carolina Population Center Fellows Pam Jagger (Public Policy/CEE), Mike Emch (Geography) and Barbara Entwisle (Sociology) have been awarded a US$4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The grant titled "Confronting Energy Poverty: Building an Interdisciplinary Evidence Base, Network, and Capacity for Transformative Change" is focused on the problem of energy poverty in Southern Africa. Limited access to modern energy services including electricity for lighting, modern fuels for cooking and heating, and energy efficient technologies has serious implications for human well-being, the environment, and the stability and growth of national economies. The Energy Poverty PIRE (EPP) involves a wide range of training and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines including public policy, geography, sociology, forestry and environmental science, and engineering. Partners include North Carolina State University, RTI International, the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), Copperbelt University (Zambia), and the University of Zimbabwe. For more information see