The Nordic Africa Institute

Research Internship - Feeding African cities: The role of urban agriculture in improving households’ food security, welfare and resilience

20 weeks spring 2023. The project is managed by Assem Abu Hatab, Senior Researcher.


We only accept applications from interns that have an organized internship period through studies at a university.

Objective of the internship

Research interns at NAI learn from an interdisciplinary environment. Through this internship, the intern will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on the subject area as well as working in a research institution. Under the direction of the project leader, the intern will primarily be focusing on key duties but also get a chance to participate in some institutional activities.

Key duties

  1. Conduct a literature review to document existing knowledge and approaches for assessing the impact of urban agriculture on food security and resilience in low- and middle-income countries.
  2. Clean and conduct exploratory statistical analysis of datasets in Excel and Stata.
  3. Provide other research, writing and editing support for project deliverables.
  4. Facilitate communication with the project partners in South Africa and Uganda.
  5. Actively participate in planning and organizing two digital meetings.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and required skills

  • MSc degree in economics, rural and development studies, or other fields related to the project theme.
  • Familiarity with issues related to food systems and agricultural sectors in African countries is a plus.
  • Good quantitative and analytical skills, and ability to use statistical packages and programming languages (e.g. STATA, SPSS, or R) is required.
  • Good academic writing skills and very good level of oral and written fluency in English.
  • Knowledge in Swedish is meritorious.
  • The intern will be supervised by a NAI researcher but should have an ability to work independently.

Any questions regarding the internship can be sent to project manager Assem Abu Hatab or HR-generalist Dan Åkhagen.

In the application, include which internship you are applying for.