Who we are
The establishment of the Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC) represents the University of Bristol’s cross-disciplinary commitment to championing transformation in research and partnership to advance Africa’s achievement of its own aspirations.
Within academia and beyond there is a growing recognition of the historically rooted power imbalances and inequities in research collaboration with Africa. These have imposed limitations not only on African institutions and actors but also, as importantly, on the relevance and use of evidence in Africa’s pursuit of its own development objectives.
How to overcome these inequities and imbalances – while challenging the assumed universality of Western knowledge systems – in order to drive the needed positive social and economic change is at the core of PARC’s ambitions. The success of our work across faculties will be derived from how we are able to apply new approaches in practice, with wider embrace and adoption.
What we do
We aim to be a connector of people and constituencies invested in the generation and use of knowledge to accomplish Africa’s priority agendas, and a catalyst and forum for interdisciplinary inquiry, practice and mutual learning predicated on mutual respect and inclusion.
PARC will bring together relevant expertise and scholarship housed within the University of Bristol, and pursue meaningful collaboration with academic, policy, advocacy and technical actors in countries and at regional levels across the continent. Such collaboration will always ensure that there is room for those outside of existing hierarchies to contribute vision, ideas and thinking.
The Centre’s work spans three core functions.