Stellenbosch University | Political Science



Dr. Derica Lambrechts

Tel: +27 21 808 2476

Domestic non-state actors and the interaction between such actors and the state and the society; The relationship between domestic non-state actors and local governance; Organised criminal groups as a domestic non-state actor; Environmental Organised Crime; Theoretical frameworks of Political Risk; Political Security-risk; Industry Specific Political Risk Models


BA Law (Stell) MPhil Political Management (Stell) DPhil (Stell)


Political Risk Analysis; Forms of Statehood and Government; Research Methodology


Environmental Organised Crime; politics of the environment, local non-state actors and security prevention


Research Activities: Publications (Accredited Journals):

Lambrechts, D. 2019. “Non-state actors and statehood in Africa: Criminal Groups” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Africa Studies. Forthcoming 2019.

Lambrechts, D. 2017. “The State, State Capabilities and non-State Actors: A Literature Survey” in Lambrechts, D. and Fourie, P. (eds.) Modern State Development, Capacity, and Institutions. SunMedia: Stellenbosch. 5 – 28.

Lambrechts, D & LB Blomquist. 2016. “Political-security risk in the oil and gas industry: the impact of terrorism on risk management and mitigation”, Journal of Risk Research. Edition to be confirmed.

Lambrechts, D & K Goga. 2016. “Money and marginalisation: the lost war against abalone poaching in South Africa”, Politikon 43(2).

Lambrechts, D & M Hector. 2016. “Environmental organised crime: the dirty business of hazardous waste disposal and limited state capacity in Africa”, Politikon 43(2).

Lambrechts, D. 2014. “Doing Research on Sensitive Topics in Political Science: Studying Organised Criminal Groups in Cape Town, South Africa”. Politikon 41 (2).

Moen, S & Lambrechts, D. 2013. “Managing Political Risk: Corporate Social Responsibility as a Risk Mitigation Tool – A Focus on the Niger Delta, Southern Nigeria” in Africa Insight 43 (2).

Lambrechts, D. 2012. The Impact of Organised Crime on State Social Control: Organised Criminal Groups and Local Governance on the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa in Journal of Southern Africa Studies, Vol 38/4.

Boshoff, M & Lambrechts, D. 2011. Investing in Troubled Territories – The Oil and Gas Industry in the Ogaden region of Eastern Ethiopia: An Increasing Political Risk to Foreign Investors in Africa Insight 41(1).

Pringle, C & Lambrechts, D. 2011. The Risk of Humanitarianism: Towards an Inclusive Model in Strategic Review for Southern Africa. Vol 33, Issue 2, November 2011.

Bischoff, E & Lambrechts, D. 2010. The Regional Impact of Political Risk: The Conflict in the Niger Delta and the Political Risk of the Gulf of Guinea in Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Vol 32, Issue 1, June 2010.

Research Activities: Chapters in Books (Peer Reviewed):

Lambrechts, D, Weldon, C and Boshoff, M.J. 2011. “Political Insecurity and the Extraction Industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Moving towards an Industry Specific Political-security Risk Analysis Model” in Swart, G. (ed.) A Vanquished Peace? Prospects for the Successful Reconstruction of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. London: Adonis and Abbey.

Research Activities: Other Publications (Popular Media):

Lambrechts, D. 2014. ‘Decrease in demand and in supply? The impact of new Chinese regulations on wildlife crime in South Africa’ in a commentary paper. Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University.

Lambrechts, D. 2013. ‘Chinese syndicates and poaching in South Africa: the case of abalone’ in a commentary paper. Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University.

Lambrechts, D. 2009. ‘The Defiance Campaign and South Africa today’ in Awaaz Voices. Vol 6 (3). 29-32.