Dr Derica Lambrechts is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University. Her research interest includes domestic non-state actors and the interaction between such actors and the state and the society; the relationship between domestic non-state actors and local governance; organised criminal groups as a domestic non-state actor; theoretical frameworks of political risk; political security-risk and industry specific political risk models. She obtained her PhD at Stellenbosch in 2013 and the topic of her research was: The Impact of Organised Crime on Social Control by the State: a study of Manenberg in Cape Town, South Africa. Before lecturing at Stellenbosch, Dr Lambrechts worked as a political risk analyst at red24, where she did extensive research on maritime security off the coast of West Africa and kidnapping trends in Africa. Her current research project focusses on environmental organised crime, with specific reference to the presence and impact of Chinese organised criminal groups.
Dr Derica Lambrechts – Associate
Dr Cristelle Maurin – Associate
Dr Cristelle Maurin is a legal scholar in the field of mineral law, resource governance and international investments. Her research focuses on Chinese investment in extractive industries. In a comparative approach encompassing Chinese mining investments in developed and developing countries (Australia, Southern and West Africa), Dr Maurin’s research examines the investment strategies, the negotiation and execution of investment contracts in different mining jurisdictions as well the environmental and social standards applied by Chinese companies in their mining projects and their interaction with local stakeholders. Dr Maurin obtained her PhD in International Law from the University of Paris Pantheon Sorbonne in 2011 with a thesis on China’s outbound investment policies, law and investment strategies in the global mining industry. She is currently legal adviser to the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat for the Pacific Community, providing legal assistance to 15 Pacific Island Countries in relation to the regulation of deep sea mineral activities.