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Matthew Sabbi

Faculty of Social Sciences
Sociology of Africa


Since July 2020Research associate in the project Decentralization in Ghana and Rwanda, University of Bayreuth
2020Fellow in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth
Fellow in the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), University of Ghana, Accra
2017-2019Post-Doc of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation at the Chair for Development Sociology, University of Bayreuth
2017Research associate at the Chair for Development Sociology, University of Bayreuth
2012-2016Dissertation at the Chair for Development Sociology, University of Bayreuth/ Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies (BIGSAS), Title of Dissertation: 'Local State Institution-Building and the Unfulfilled Promise of Participatory Development: The Case of Ghana'
2008-2010Master at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
2003-2007Bachelor in Sociology and Economics at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Matthew Sabbi

Faculty of Social Sciences
Sociology of Africa

Research subjects:

  • Development Politics
  • Political Sociology (Local Politics and Administration)
  • Sociology of Organizations (Actors’ Adaption to Administrative Reforms)
  • Actor-oriented Sociology

Geographic Focus:

  • Ghana
  • Rwanda
Matthew Sabbi

Faculty of Social Sciences
Sociology of Africa



Sabbi, Matthew
Emplacing Funsi : Antinomies of a District Capital and Transformation in Rural Ghana
in Forum for Development Studies volume 50 (2023) issue 1. - page 133-157
doi:10.1080/08039410.2022.2096481 ...

Sabbi, Matthew
"We Did Many Projects Together" : Boundary-Spanning Strategies of Councillors in Rural Ghana
in Progress in Development Studies volume 23 (2023) issue 2. - page 183-202
doi:10.1177/14649934221149610 ...


Sabbi, Matthew; Stroh, Alexander; Neubert, Dieter
Paradoxes of Local Self-governance : Legitimation Strategies of Rural Councillors Under Nationa ...
Local Self-Governance and Varieties of Statehood : Tensions and Cooperation
Cham : Springer, 2022. - page 51-74
doi:10.1007/978-3-031-14996-2_3 ...

Daniel, Antje; Kroeker, Lena; Sabbi, Matthew
Soziologie aus, über oder in Afrika?
Handbuch Theorien der Soziologie
Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, 2022. - page 1-25
doi:10.1007/978-3-658-31744-7_3-1 ...

Sabbi, Matthew
"Staged Dilemma" : Hidden Political Intents in Ghana's Botched Referendum of 2019
in International Journal of African Renaissance Studies volume 17 (2022) issue 2. - page 28-50
doi:10.1080/18186874.2022.2042705 ...


Sabbi, Matthew
Decentralized local authorities and marginal actors in Africa : the bridge-building perspective
Die Welt aus der Perspektive der Entwicklungssoziologie : Festschrift für Dieter Neubert
Baden-Baden : Nomos Verlag, 2020. - page 223-238 . - (Bayreuther Studien zu Politik und Gesellschaft in Afrika; 5)
doi:10.5771/9783748906681-223 ...

Sabbi, Matthew; Doumbia, Lamine; Neubert, Dieter
Dynamics of Everyday Life within Municipal Administrations in Francophone and Anglophone Africa
in Africa Spectrum volume 55 (2020) issue 1. - page 73-85
doi:10.1177/0002039720914630 ...

Sabbi, Matthew
'Municipal entrepreneurs' : local politicians and the delivery of urban sanitation in Kumasi, G ...
in Journal of Contemporary African Studies volume 38 (2020) issue 2. - page 221-242
doi:10.1080/02589001.2020.1795089 ...

Sabbi, Matthew; Stroh, Alexander
The "Numbers Game" : Strategic Reactions to Results-Based Development Assistance in Ghana
in Studies in Comparative International Development volume 55 (2020) issue 1. - page 77-98
doi:10.1007/s12116-019-09296-z ...


Sabbi, Matthew
Local State Institutional Reforms in Ghana : Actors, Legitimacy and the Unfulfilled Promise of ...
Baden-Baden : Nomos, 2017. - 336 page . - (Bayreuther Studien zu Politik und Gesellschaft in Afrika; 3)
doi:10.5771/9783845281414 ...

Sabbi, Matthew
Strategic bureaucracies : transnational funding and mundane practices of Ghanaian local governm ...
in Third World Quarterly volume 38 (2017) issue 4. - page 939-955
doi:10.1080/01436597.2016.1176858 ...


Sabbi, Matthew; Mensah, Collins Adjei
Juggling Administrative Institutions : Local State Actors and the Management of Urban Space in ...
in Urban Forum volume 27 (2016) issue 1. - page 59-78
doi:10.1007/s12132-015-9262-8 ...

Narh, Peter; Lambini, Cosmas Dayak Kombat; Sabbi, Matthew; Pham, Van Dien; Nguyen, Trung Thanh
Land sector reforms in Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam : a comparative analysis of their effectiveness
in Land volume 5 (2016) issue 2
doi:10.3390/land5020008 ...


Sabbi, Matthew; Ayeko-Kümmeth, Jane; Svablova, Alzbeta; Doumbia, Lamine; Glover, Evam Kofi
Actors, Institutions and Change : Perspectives on Africa
publ: Sabbi, Matthew; Ayeko-Kümmeth, Jane
Bayreuth 2015. - X, 120 page . - (Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers; 13)
http://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-2 ...

Sabbi, Matthew
The Competing Interests of Local Political Actors in the Making of Local Government in Ghana
in Modern Africa volume 3 (2015) issue 1. - page 11-37
https://edu.uhk.cz/africa/index.php/ModAfr/article ...

Matthew Sabbi

Faculty of Social Sciences
Sociology of Africa

Dr. Matthew Sabbi
Research Associate in the project 'Decentralization in Ghana and Rwanda'

Zapf Haus 4,
Room: 4.4.12a
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E-mail: matthew.sabbi@uni-bayreuth.de

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