Joël Djaha is a PhD student in sociology at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). He is conducting research on fake news and polemics about the Covid-19 pandemic in the public virtual space of Facebook in Côte d’Ivoire. His PhD thesis examines the reception of the three-step government action in Facebook virtual spaces in different socio-political contexts.
Joël Djaha is a member of the Group for Applied Social Anthropology in Health and Ageing (GRESA), where he co-supervises students on the Master’s degree in Sociology with Option in Health. He is particularly interested in issues of health, politics in cyberspace in Côte d’Ivoire, methodological approaches and ethical considerations related to the study of virtual spaces and their communities. He has worked for research institutes on diseases such as malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and innovative screenings/therapies.
As an infodemic manager with a passion for ITCs and photography, he is interested in various forms of knowledge transfer, including video and policy briefs.
He participated in the 5th CODESRIA-CASB Summer School on African and Regional Studies in Africa from 15-19 August 2022 (Dakar). Since 13 August 2023, he is a visiting doctoral student at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel, thanks to a scholarship from the Oumou Dilly Foundation.
He shares Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s idea that „the best way to create links between intellectuals, academics and researchers is to multiply the spaces where we think together“.