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.

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.

Dr Yejoo Kim – Research Fellow


Dr Yejoo Kim is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She received her PhD in Political Science and her MA in International Studies from Stellenbosch University. She obtained a BA in African Studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea. Her current research interest is China’s investment strategies towards developing countries including south-East Asia and Africa in a comparative perspective. She has been working on Chinese-led special economic zones in Africa and Chinese investment in the manufacturing sector and its implications for labour relations. Dr Kim also focuses on the economic relations of other Asian partners (Korea and Taiwan) with Africa.

Harrie Esterhuyse – Research Analyst / Deputy Editor


Harrie Esterhuyse is a Research Analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies and the Deputy Editor for the African East-Asian Affairs. He holds a Masters degree in International Studies from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the Vrije University in the Netherlands. He works in the environmental stream at the CCS, focussing on sustainable development and renewable energy. He is especially interested in solar energy and its application in development. Currently he is working on “leap frogging” in an African context. Harrie is also the Deputy-Editor for the international journal African East-Asian Affairs.