Stellenbosch University | Political Science

PhD candidate: Landi Ehlers
Supervisor: Prof Pieter Fourie

There will be blood: Menstrual Politics in the Dwarsriver Valley

Bio:

Landi grew up in Paarl, and after school she completed her graduate and post-graduate degrees at Stellenbosch University (BA Humanities, Hons International Relation Cum Laude, MA International Relations Cum Laude). She is passionate about people and their environment, consequently devoting most of her studies to sustainable development. Whilst completing her post-graduate degrees, Landi represented South Africa at various international conferences, including the Youth Agricultural Summit in Brussels and the UN Youth Assembly in New York. After completing her MA study “Curse or Cure: the relation between food aid and food security in sub-Saharan Africa”, she decided to shift her focus from the international to local context. Her doctoral study considers menstrual politics in the Dwarsriver Valley just outside of Stellenbosch. Landi intends for this study to contribute to progressive policy making and development. In 2022, Landi married Michael, a winemaker at Windmeul Cellar, where the couple now reside.

PhD candidate: Annemie Parkin
Supervisor: Prof. Nicola de Jager

Parties of Pressure: Opposition parties in the dominant-party systems of Botswana and South Africa.

Bio:

Dr. Annemie Parkin is a Stellenbosch University alumnus. She did her undergraduate (BA Humanities) and postgraduate studies (Honours, MA, PhD) at US. Her research interests include the following: democratization, democratic consolidation, dominant-party systems, party politics in Southern Africa, Southern African and African politics. She is currently working in the higher education industry as an Academic Manager for a private higher education institution.

PhD candidate: Ngqapheli Mchunu
Supervisor: Prof. Nicola de Jager

Challenges facing anti-corruption mechanisms in a dominant party democratic state: A case study of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, 2004-2019.

Bio:

Ngqapheli Mchunu is a Social Sciences researcher with a keen interest in the academic research areas of corruption, governance, public opinion, and service delivery.  He is competent in qualitative social sciences research methods including questionnaire design, data collection and analysis and has developed competencies in quantitative social sciences research as well .   Mchunu holds a Master of Social Sciences degree in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu. Currently, he is enrolled for a Doctoral degree  in Political Science at Stellenbosch University looking at challenges facing  corruption fighting institutions  in dominant party systems.

PhD candidate: Monique Bennett
Supervisor: Dr Guy Lamb

The Fragility of Post-Conflict Peacebuilding – examining Renamo’s return to armed conflict two decades after the General Peace Agreement

Bio:

Monique Bennett works as a researcher for an NGO based in Johannesburg covering topics relating to governance, human security, environmental issues and peacebuilding within the African context. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations with a particular focus on quantitative research methods from the University of Witwatersrand. She is the recipient of the DISARM PhD scholarship from the Peace Research Institute of Oslo in Norway to be completed with Stellenbosch University under the supervision of Dr Guy Lamb. Outside the library, she enjoys teaching yoga and pilates, traveling and cooking.

PhD candidate: Mathromeu Mavhura
Supervisor: Dr Guy Lamb
Co-Supervisor: Prof Janis van der Westhuizen

A critical analysis of how counterterrorism actions influence conflict dynamics: The case of armed conflict in northern Mozambique

Bio:

Bathromeu Mavhura was born and raised in Zimbabwe and migrated to South Africa after completing his Advanced level studies in History, English Literature, and Divinity. He is a diligent individual who obtained a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2015 and Honours International Politics in 2018 at the University of South Africa. He proceeded to do an MA in Political Sciences in 2020 at Stellenbosch University. Bathromeu has a long and demonstrable interest in peace, conflict, and security issues, with a research background in state failure and terrorism in Africa. His Master’s thesis was on “The emergence of Boko Haram in Nigeria, using state failure and relative deprivation theories.” He is currently a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Sciences at Stellenbosch University. Mavhura is looking at the implications of labeling or classifying certain armed conflicts as ‘terrorism’ on decision-making and policy-making by governments and non-governmental organizations, using the ongoing conflict in northern Mozambique as an illustrative example. His vision is to contribute ideas and evidence to comprehend the root causes of armed conflict and conflict recurrences.

PhD candidate: Chikondi Chidzanja
Supervisor: Dr Guy Lamb

A Comparative analysis of multilateral counter-terrorism responses in the Southern African Development Community and the Economic Community of West African States

Bio:

Chikondi Chidzanja is an accomplished author who has published a bestseller in Malawi titled ‘Kamuzu Academy; Critical perspectives [from] past, [to] present and future of the Eton of Africa’, and is a consultant on International Relations, Political Economy and Development, Foreign Policy and SADC integration. He has also taught Law and History in Malawi. Chikondi holds an MA in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch where he is focusing on multilateral counter-terrorism responses in SADC and ECOWAS.