Dr Ross Anthony – CCS Director

CCS_Research_Fellow_Ross_Anthony_2014Dr Ross Anthony is the 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.


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 Southeast 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. Yejoo also focuses on the economic relations of other Asian partners (Korea and Taiwan) with Africa.


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.


Nuša Tukić – Research Analyst

Nuša Tukić is a Research Analyst at the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS). She obtained a BA in Human Geography in 2009 from the University of Oslo, Norway. She completed a MA in International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch in 2011. She worked as a research assistant for the Democratic Alliance in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa between January and July 2012. She has also written and published articles on elections and democracy in Africa for Consultancy Africa Intelligence. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, focusing on Chinese and Brazilian engagements in Zambia’s mining industry.

Nuša is fluent in Croatian, German, Norwegian and English, and conversant in Spanish, Italian and Afrikaans. She has recently begun studying Mandarin.


Masego Mothei – Research and Administrative Assistant

IMG_8015Masego Mothei is a research and administrative assistant at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She is currently studying towards her undergraduate degree in BA Languages and Culture at Stellenbosch University. Her majors include Chinese Studies and Applied English Language Studies.  Her interests range from cross-cultural interaction between China and Africa to pedagogical studies of English as a foreign language and Chinese language acquisition for first language speakers of other languages. She is also passionate about international studies focusing on natural disaster management in China and leadership development.

Masego is a recipient of the International Golden Key Honour Society Award for 2016 and 2017 for displaying academic excellence. She is fluent in Sesotho and English and speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Afrikaans and Setswana at varying levels of fluency.