Ghadafi Saibu, PhD

Function: Researcher

Specialization: Political Science

Work areas:

  • Social cohesion
  • Social media mis(dis)information
  • Regimes, Democratization, autocratization
  • Electoral violence &civil war.


since 5/2022 German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace"
2016-2022 University of Bayreuth
Research Fellow/PhD Candidate
Dissertation title: “Political Parties, Violent Youth and Electoral Insecurity”
2019-2021 International Collaborative Research Project, University of Exeter/University of Warwick and University of Bayreuth
Researcher "Battling Electoral Misinformation on Social Media and Campaign Strategies in Elections in Ghana"
2013-2016 Parliament of Ghana
Research Assistant for the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central Constituency
10/2011-09/2013 University of Passau, Germany
M.A. Governance and Public Policy, Title of Thesis:  Political “Party Foot-Soldiers” and Democracy in Ghana”
2009-2013 Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)
Research Assistant
2009 and 2013 UNDP and DFID
Conduct Field Survey Research
2009-2010 University of Ghana
Teaching and Research Assistant


  • 2016-2021 DAAD Doctoral Fellowship Award for PhD in Political Science, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • 2011-2013: DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Public Policy and Good Governance Scholarship (PPGG) Award for Master of Governance and Public Policy, University of Passau, Germany

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces