Dr Ross Anthony – CCS Interim Director

CCS_Research_Fellow_Ross_Anthony_2014Dr Ross Anthony is the Interim Director 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 examines 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 the 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 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 (CCS) and the Deputy Editor for the international journal, African East-Asian Affairs. He holds a Masters degree in International Studies from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the Vrije University, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. His research at the CCS focuses on sustainable development and renewable energy within China-Africa relations. His current research is on the involvement of Chinese solar companies in the South African renewable energy industry.

Meryl Burgess – Research Analyst

CCS_Research_Analyst_Meryl_12Meryl Burgess is a Research Analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She obtained a Masters degree in International Studies (with distinction) in 2011 from Stellenbosch University. Her research at the CCS focuses on issues of environmental protection and conservation in China-Africa relations; specifically looking at challenges to biodiversity, the regulation and policy of protected areas, and the role of civil society within the environmental sector. Meryl is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stellenbosch University. Her PhD is a comparative study of the role of environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) in China and South Africa in conservation policy.