We’re are the Voice of Political Science in Zambia

Our core business is to encourage the scientific study of politics and public policy by provider of world class services in higher education and knowledge generation through efficient and effective utilization of its multidisciplinary human capital. The association also promotes research in the discipline of political science and to nurture teaching regarding principles of good government and citizenship.

Mission Statement

The general purpose of the Association shall be to promote the advancement of political science and to encourage the scientific study of politics and public policy in Zambia.

Our Vision

Vision is expressed in the objectives of the association which is to be the voice of political science in Zambia and the institution of reference for the dissemination of knowledge in political science to both the academic community and the Zambian society at large.

Governing Council

A Governing Council comprising of a nine (9) member board of senior fellows and ten (10) Executive Members, elected every five years by the general membership is responsible both for long-term strategic and day-to-day running of the organisation.

Management

All administrative matters are delegated to the Executive Director, the Programmes Manager, the Accountant and other administrative staff. The Chief Editor and other associate editors manage the editorial policy of the Zambia Political Science Review, the Zambian Journal of Political Science and other publications.

Fellowship and Membership

The association has three types of membership

  • Academic Fellowship is suitable for political science academics, retired academics, and academics from in cognate disciplines.
  • School Membership suitable for teachers of politics, history, citizenship and other social sciences subjects.
  • Public Membership suitable for anyone with an interest in politics or political studies, including politicians and civil servants, journalists and third sector workers.

Excellence, Rigour and Professionalism

Leadership and Partnership

Inclusivity and Diversity

Professional Standards

 Our Publications Focuses on 

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Zambian Journal of Political Science

The Zambian Journal of Political Science is a brainchild of the Political Science Association of Zambia and brings together both theoretical aspects of the discipline from leading academics in the field of political science across Zambia and elsewhere.

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Parliamentary Submissions

The Political Science Association of Zambia has a special relationship with the National Assembly of Zambia. As such it submits special reports and documents on a number of political issues or bills presented to parliament.

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Zambia Political Science Review

The Political Science Association of Zambia in collaboration with the University of Zambia Press is committed to publishing a quarterly review of political happenings in Zambia and the region. The articles will review key invents related to domestic politics and Zambia’s involvement in regional and international politics. The Journal is published after a double-blind peer view process and is accessible online (open access).

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Working Papers

Every month, the association receives working papers on a specific thematic area. The best working paper(s) is published online.

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Policy Briefs

Policy briefs are informative pieces of work by members of the association on specific policy issues. The policy briefs are meant to provide insights and advice on specific policy issues in the country.

Our Research Focuses on

The Political Science Association is committed to high quality and scientifically sound research. Research projects are led by Research Fellows who are responsible for various political research and policy analysis programmes. Each Research Fellow is responsible for a research area called a Thematic Area:

  • Elections and Public Opinion;
  • Public Order and Security;
  • Political Parties and Mobilisations,
  • Foreign Policy and International Relations,
  • Public Policy, the Environment and Public Law,
  • Decentralisation Reforms and Local Governance.

Our research findings are disseminated to the media, politicians, the private sector and civil society through policy dissemination workshops, annual conferences, seminars, media meetings and publications. The organisation structure also permits flexibility in the determination of thematic areas for the inclusion of emerging policy themes.

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