Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan Biography

Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Paris. He is a senior researcher at LASDEL-Niger and an Emeritus Research Director of the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) and Director of Studies at the High Studies of Social Sciences School (EHESS).

His current focus is on public and collective services delivery in Africa. He has published widely since 1965 in both English and French on the various dimensions of west-African societies mainly in the areas of health and development, his most current publications include: ‘Anthropology and Development: Understanding contemporary social change, London, Zed Books, 2005; Everyday corruption and the State: Citizens and public officials in Africa (with G. Blundo), London, Zed Books, 2006; La rigueur du qualitatif. Les contraintes empiriques de l'interprétation socio-anthropologique, Academia-Bruylant, 2008.

He currently leads the Local Governance research stream in Niger for the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP).

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