Dr Sven Grimm – Extraordinary Associate Professor

Dr Sven Grimm is a political scientist and has worked on external partners’ co-operation with Africa since 1999. The emerging economies’ role in Africa, and specifically China-Africa relations, feature in his work since 2006. Dr Grimm has studied in Hamburg/Germany, Accra/Ghana and Dakar/Senegal and has obtained his PhD from Hamburg University/Germany in 2002 with a thesis on EU-Africa relations. He has previously worked with the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn/Germany.

Dr. Grimm’s research interests include: The comparative perspective on external partners in Africa; Chinese development cooperation with Africa; European Africa policy; African perspectives on development and discussions around cooperation between Europe, China and African states.


Dr Lucy Corkin – Associates

lucy-corkin-rmb1Lucy is Business Manager at RMB Africa. Her role involves facilitating the expanding footprint of Rand Merchant Bank, the investment banking arm of FirstRand, Africa’s largest financial institution by market capitalisation. Lucy has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on focussing Chinese public infrastructure financing in Angola. Her work was published as Uncovering African Agency: Angola’s management of China’s credit lines by Ashgate in February 2013, launched at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg and at Chatham House in London in June and July 2013 respectively, and has subsequently been translated into Portuguese.

Prior to this Lucy was Projects Director at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) in South Africa from 2006 – 2008. Lucy has also worked in worked in public relations and issue management for several prominent South African mining houses and corporate firms.

Lucy has since 2006 participated in ground-breaking research on China’s relations with African countries, particularly in the construction and finance sector. She has made various presentations on her research findings and the political economy of China-Africa relations in general to government officials, business communities and academic audiences internationally. She continues to write extensively and provide commentary to local and international media on this subject, as well as the African financial and political landscape.

Lucy speaks English, Portuguese, French, Afrikaans, and Mandarin Chinese. She remains a Research Associate of the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University as well as the Africa-Asia Centre at SOAS.

Email: ccsinfo@sun.ac.za

Dr Cristelle Maurin – Associate

Dr Cristelle Maurin is a Research Associate at the International Energy Policy Institute, University College London (UCL Australia). Her academic research focuses on the legislative and policy development and corporate- community relations in the energy and resource sector.

Cristelle holds a PhD in international law from the University of Paris Pantheon Sorbonne. She wrote her thesis on China’s outbound investment policies and Chinese investment strategies in the global mining industry. Her current research encompasses Chinese investments in the extractive resource industries and the governance of the resource sector, with a comparative analysis between Africa and Australia. It examines the environmental, social and governance impacts of Chinese investments in extractive industries and the relations between companies, government and local communities in resource development.

Prior to doing her PhD, Cristelle worked for the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation in policy and management roles in East Asia and Africa.


Sanusha Naidu – Associate

CCS_Associate_Naidu_2014Sanusha Naidu is an independent analyst. Her research interests include Democratisation in Africa; Africa’s Political Economy and Development; Africa’s relations with Emerging Powers from the South (BRICS and IBSA); South African Foreign Policy Analysis; and the role of track two diplomacy in International Relations. Ms Naidu has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. She has previously worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution based in Cape Town and managed the South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI) at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. In the past several years Ms Naidu has also managed one programme that focused on Africa’s international relations with China and Emerging Powers based at Fahamu. She has an extensive publications record which includes two edited volumes on Africa-China relations: Chinese and African Perspectives on China in Africa, Pambazuka Press, September 2010 (co-editors: Axel Harneit-Sievers and Stephen Marks; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Africa and China, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008 (co-editor: Kweku Ampiah). Ms Naidu is a regular media commentator national and international issues for major news agencies including Al-jazeera News, CCTV, BBC Radio, SABC, and CBS Africa.


Professor Ian Taylor – Associate

ictIan Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at St Andrews and also Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. He is also Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, an Honorary Professor at the Institute of African Studies, China, a Visiting Scholar at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda and a Professor in the Brazilian Centre of African Studies, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

He has held visiting professorships at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and was the Lee Hysan Visiting Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Focusing largely on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) he has authored 8 academic books, edited another 11 and has published over 70 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, over 70 chapters in books and numerous working papers, reports, op-eds, review articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews etc. He has been invited to present his research in 46 countries on 6 continents. He has conducted research in and/or visited 39 African countries, plus Réunion. Taylor’s academic work has been translated into Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

He holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch and an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining St Andrews in 2004 he taught African politics and history and various IR and Development subjects for four years at the University of Botswana.