Education research in sub-Saharan Africa: Quality, visibility and agendas

Rafael Mitchell, Pauline Rose, Samuel Asare

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This article combines large-scale bibliometric analysis of publications on education by researchers based in sub-Saharan Africa with researchers’ accounts of their priorities and practice. Patterns in the thematic foci of the research from 48 countries in the region are considered from the perspective of international policy statements (the Education Sustainable Development Goal and the African Union’s Agenda 2063), alongside analysis of funding, co-authorship and citations. We find a large number of publications by these scholars in reputable journals which merit greater scholarly engagement. Furthermore, evidence presented in this paper challenges claims about the dominance of Northern research agendas in sub-Saharan Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-383
Number of pages21
JournalComparative Education Review
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education


  • education policy
  • education research
  • research funding
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • bibliometric analysis


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