Thompson Gyedu Kwarkye is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies within the context of ERC funded project ConflictNet. He focuses on AI policy, digital transformation, migration, mobility and emerging technology in Africa. His research interests include decolonial knowledge production, AI governance, technology politics, human-environment relations, gender and feminist studies, peace and conflict transformation and sustainability studies.

Thompson holds a PhD in Anthropology from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany where he explored legal plural systems in Ghana. He used interdisciplinary methods and approaches to unite several strands of inquiries that are linked to social inclusion, knowledge production and afro-feminist and gender discourses. Thompson’s doctoral studies culminated in the publication of the monologue, Women in Local Governance; Exploring Nawuri Women Leaders in Human Security in Kpandai District, Ghana

Before his PhD in Frankfurt, Thompson studied for a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Ghana and a master’s in a field in Anthropology called human security from Aarhus University, Denmark. He has been a visiting fellow at both the Department of History and Political Studies and the Bureau for Integrated Rural Development at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Thompson is also the recipient of several grant awards including the Andrea von Braun Foundation Research Grant, the GIZ Diaspora Expert Support Grant and the DAAD Fieldwork Grant.

Research Interests

  • Social and Public Policy
  • Decolonial Knowledge Production
  • Identity and Ethnicity
  • Human Security
  • AI Governance
  • Techno-politics
  • Human-Environment Relations
  • Migration and Mobility Studies
  • Gender and Feminist Discourses
  • Peace and Conflict Transformation
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Global South Studies
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Research projects & programmes

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies