Swedish Naturalists in South Africa 1771–1851

The South African flora and fauna have been studied by a number of Swedish naturalists the last 250 years. Some of them, Sparrman and Thunberg in the 1770s and the Swedish South Africa Expedition in 1950–1951, have given major contributions to the knowledge of the biodiversity of South Africa. The first Swedish naturalist that stayed … [Read more]

Opposition in African Politics: The Case of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya

This research examines the idea of opposition in African politics against the backdrop of problems inherent in the democratization process in contemporary Africa with a view to analyzing their dimensions and implications for the development of the continent and her peoples. Among issues to be addressed included the credibility of opposition parties in Africa as … [Read more]

Differentiated Access: Water, Citizenship and Politics

Global water policy highlights the need to extend affordable and safe water to underserved communities, in addition to fostering participatory water governance. This book focuses on experiences of water access and governance in underserved communities of Cape Town South Africa and Accra, Ghana. With a comparative case study design involving two urban sites, and through … [Read more]

Low cost nudges to patients to improve treatment adherence: do they work?

Universal health coverage and the growing burden of chronic illness are both at the top of the global health agenda. More effective coverage of prevention and treatment can lead not only to substantial gains in population health, but also to higher living standards and economic growth. Understanding why poor people tend not to adopt healthier … [Read more]

Fiction Writing Project

I plan to write a novel based on the life and works of Thomas Pringle, popularly known as the Father of South African poetry. Pringle’s writing has been subjected to various revisionist perspectives that interrogate his liberalism as well as the ways in which he negotiates British modes of representation in the South African context. … [Read more]

Making primary health care work for the poor

South Africa’s poor health outcomes have traditionally been attributed to poverty, unequal and ineffective spending and the high disease burden, but increasingly it is recognized that the public health system may also be contributing to such problems by delivering services that do not always conform to the stipulated standards. The envisaged public health reform (promoted … [Read more]

Nutritional Security in a Profitable and Sustainable Food System

The South African Food system is designed to ensure that the country’s population is well-nourished, that farming is a viable livelihood and that the environment is protected. Our challenge is that obesity rates are high, rainfall is unpredictable causing crop failures and floods, and farm profitability is difficult to achieve. In this project, we will … [Read more]

Critical Illegibility, Blackness and Scoring Dangerous Freedoms

My project examines the possibility of reconfiguring conventional literary analytic practice by crafting critical approaches which are less invested in rendering texts ‘transparent’ than in approximating, embracing and extending the transgressive energies and insights of creative texts. I am curious about the possibility of a literary critical methodology or practice that is open to honoring … [Read more]

The right to have rights: from migration to integration

One of the key tasks of my stay at STIAS will be to work on a project that addresses the normative and institutional basis of what Hannah Arendt calls “the right to have rights”. The fact that struggles around border politics are increasing, and many countries are establishing new institutions and administrative procedures by which … [Read more]

Japanese firms, industrial systems and investments in Africa

It is well recognised that there is growing economic and political interaction between sub-Saharan Africa and states from the East Asian region. Investments and trade by the People’s Republic of China have become prominent in recent years, but other East Asian states, in particular Japan, have had economic ties with the African continent dating back … [Read more]