Dr Ross Anthony – CCS Acting Head


Dr Ross Anthony is the Acting Head of the Centre for Chinese Studies. Ross’s research focuses on Chinese politics both domestically and in its relationship with Africa.

Within the African domain, Ross examines the relationship between Chinese economic investments in Africa and geo-political security concerns. The work examinees transnational infrastructure and resource linkages in eastern and southern Africa and, by extension, the adjacent maritime territories of the Indian Ocean and Antarctic region. He is also interested in the role the economy plays in determining political relations between China and Africa, recently fleshed out in a project focusing on the diplomacy of economic pragmatism in the triangular relationship between South Africa China and Taiwan. Within China, Ross continues to hold an interest in the area of his Ph.D. research, the Muslim region of Xinjiang, western China, in fields of ethnicity, nationalism urbanisation and China’s market shift. Ross is an advocate of building African-centred China expertise through teaching. He teaches on China-Africa related issues as well as on issues of Chinese politics, economy, culture and history.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and was previously a Mellon Foundation Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies.

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.

Bronwyn Grobler – Administrative Officer

CCS_Administrator_Bronwyn_03Bronwyn Grobler is an administrative officer at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She has extensive experience in administration and company management gained through both the private and public sectors.  Bronwyn has an Advanced Bookkeeping Diploma and a Diploma in Professional Life Coaching from the International Coaching Federation  (ICF).  She speaks English and Afrikaans and is learning Mandarin.

Bronwyn is an active Life Coach, and specializes in life skills and consciousness coaching aimed at teenagers, students and young professionals.

Dr Daouda Cissé – Research Fellow

Dr Daouda Cissé is a research fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies. He completed his Masters Degree in ‘Foreign Languages Applied to Business and International Trade’ at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal.  In 2006, he was awarded a scholarship to study Chinese language and start his Ph.D. programme in International Trade in China. the following year. In December 2010, he finished his Ph.D. thesis on ‘Influence of Globalization on Trade: the case of China about imports and exports with African countries.’ Dr Cissé speaks French, English, Spanish, Mandarin and some Senegalese local languages such as Wolof, Mandinka, Bambara, and Peul/Fulani.
After his stay in China and his Ph.D. thesis, his research interests are: China-Africa trade relations, China-Africa economic cooperation.

Yejoo Kim – Research Analyst

CCS_Research_Analyst_Yejoo_10Yejoo Kim is a research analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She currently is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stellenbosch University, where she also has completed her MA in International Studies. She obtained a BA in African Studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea. She has studied in South Africa for the last three years with a scholarship from the government of South Korea. Yejoo is now focusing on corporatist arrangements in South Africa and South Korea for her doctoral dissertation. She is interested in labour relations in conjunction with Chinese engagement in Africa and increasing Asian countries’ involvement in the African continent.