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The Department of Politics and International Relations is committed to advanced research, which also informs its up-to-date teaching and learning practices and curriculum, including world-class postgraduate supervision. Produced by leading scholars in their domains, our research touches on the entire spectrum of domestic political developments, as well as international relations in the fullest sense. This scholarship delves both into fundamental questions as well as emerging trends in the world of politics and international relations. Solely and in collaboration with their supervisors, our students are themselves emerging academic voices and publish while conducting their postgraduate studies in topics related to their dissertations and theses (see some their work in the Working Paper Series below). Our research is highly cited and has been impactful in policymaking.

*Data partially complete as of September 2021. Some citations were not captured by Google Scholar. Office of the HOD. Source: Google Scholar.

Get to know the research interests and outputs of our academics through their Google Scholar pages below.

Researcher’s Google ScholarResearch interests
Odilile Ayodele’s Google Scholar ICT, technopolitics, digital diplomacy
Deon Geldenhuys’s Google ScholarDeviant behaviour by states, ethnopolitics
Costa Georghiou’s Google Scholar

International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Methodology


Chris Landsberg’s Google ScholarInternational relations, African leadership, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Kwandi Kondlo’s Google Scholar Various
Mcebisi Ndletyana’s Google Scholar

Elections, political parties, African intellectuals, biographies


Bhaso Ndzendze’s Google ScholarInternational relations, African politics, trade, war, digital policy
Fritz Nganje’s Google ScholarParadiplomacy, Decentralized Cooperation, City-to-City Cooperation, Local Peacebuilding in Africa, South African Foreign Policy
Lisa Otto’s Google ScholarMaritime Security, African Security, Diplomacy, Political Risk
Anna-Mart Van Wyk’s Google ScholarNuclear history
Siphamandla Zondi’s Google Scholar

International relations, African politics, foreign policy


The Working Paper Series

This Working Paper Series (WPS) is an initiative of the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Johannesburg. It is aimed at providing scholars with a platform for sharing their developing academic work and is based on presentations to a departmental audience. Issues covered include the full spectrum of African domestic and global politics as well as developments in other parts of the world. Readers are welcome to contact the authors and engage with the texts in other ways. To share your contents or to discuss the submission of your own working paper, please contact the series editor, Dr Bhaso Ndzendze, at

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1. Cross-border community integration in the Kenyan and Ethiopian borderlands

2. Secessionism in West Africa: An enduring colonial legacy

3. Secessionists movements and their implications for security in Africa: the case of Southern Cameroons