Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski

Young People’s Perceptions of Africa


Since 2007 LUCAS has been conducting research to assess young people’s perceptions of Africa and the impact of African Voices activity days on those perceptions. The research has focused on 9 – 11 year olds in primary schools and has used a range of techniques to identify how young people visualise, describe and perceive Africa and its peoples.

The results of this research were initially presented at the Development Education Research Conference in Galway, in September 2009, and subsequently at the Geographical Association Conference in Guilford, in April 2011, and at the Africa UK Journalism Conference in Luton, in April 2012.

An article about the influence of Charities on young people’s perceptions of Africa was published in the Summer 2011 edition of Primary Geographer. A summary of the research has also been published in Race Equality Teaching, Volume 30, Number 3, Summer 2012. Both are available to download.

Key Findings

Conference Papers and Articles

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