African Research Culture – Opinion Research

Project Period

July 2022 - December 2022

African researchers have made numerous contributions at the global stage, albeit at a disproportionately lower level.  While their contribution is ever increasing, the research environment in which they practice must be positive and supportive to achieve optimal contributions from African researchers.

The African Research Culture project has been commissioned by Wellcome to investigate the current culture of research in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), specifically Africa. The project will work with African research communities to identify negative research cultures that may exist and possible interventions that may improve them. The study will explore the following:

  • African researchers’ opinions and perceptions about the culture of research in Africa.
  • The drivers of the African research culture and its variations across different regions.
  • African Researchers’ vision for what a ‘positive’ research culture should consist of.

The project is funded by Wellcome and will be implemented by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC).


  • The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)


  • Wellcome

Project Team

  • Evelyn Gitau
  • Anne Khisa
  • Marta Vicente-Crespo
  • Diarra Sengor
  • Lilian Otoigo
  • Cilor Ndong
  • Abel Simiyu

Project duration

  • July 2022 – June 2023

Additional resources

African Research Culture EN

African Research Culture FR