Leeds University Centre for African Studies
Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) is an interdisciplinary centre at the University of Leeds that was established in 1964, and has members from a variety of faculties who share an interest in African Studies. The English, Geography, History and Politics and International Studies (POLIS) schools at the University of Leeds are all closely linked to LUCAS. The current director is Shane Doyle.
LUCAS runs a seminar series and holds an annual lecture every year, and invites speakers on a variety of topics around the general theme of Africa. In 2009, LUCAS ran a conference on Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects, which attracted academics from around the world. It is part of Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN).
The centre has close links to the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE), the deputy chair of which is Professor Ray Bush and the position of chair was previously held by the late Professor Lionel Cliffe. Furthermore ROAPE hosted a series of panels at LUCAS' 2009 Democratization in Africa Conference.
LUCAS also publishes an annual Leeds African Studies Bulletin.