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What is ROAPE Online?

We have designed an entirely new online platform for the journal. Although ROAPE has had an active online presence for many years, our previous platforms have had limited capacity for development, interaction and debate. Our desire is to increase the journal’s reach and activism. This site combines our cutting-edge journal content with debates and discussions and provides information about ROAPE-sponsored conferences, symposiums, activist forums and projects, as well as the competitions we hold.

The new site hosts many of our book reviews, briefings and debates through a free member’s sign-in on the relevant page, but it also has a blog and will have a link back to ROAPE’s older website, which will continue, for now, to be the repository for the archive and the less fast-moving journal content. The new site also showcases the bursary, our support for conferences and other outreach information. We will also publish short teasers to the articles which will be published in the print journal for a broader audience and longer pieces exclusively online.

The site is an important and interactive platform, with material that is regularly updated. We will host debates on issues of vital concern to the journal. Linked to ROAPE publications and controlled by the Editorial Working Group and Taylor and Francis, but engaging with colleagues and comrades in Africa, ROAPE Online will be more interactive with discussions and debates. When ROAPE was originally established in the UK in 1974, the intention was, once conditions allowed, that it would be based on the continent. ROAPE Online is based, managed and hosted in South Africa. It is run by a member of the Editorial Working Group, Leo Zeilig (website.editor@roape.net).

We believe such a platform offers great possibilities for the journal, allowing us to reach a new audience, to engage more quickly with events by contributing ROAPE’s unique analysis to developments on the continent, and to circulate contributions to the published journal more widely. We welcome the involvement of ROAPE supporters, academics and activists.

Our Quarterly Journal

ROAPE is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high-quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy.

Briefings & Debates

ROAPE provides radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change.


ROAPE Online publishes reviews of academic and political books as well as fiction, exhibitions, social movement events and film.

Many of ROAPE’s previous issues can be accessed for free