Biography

Professional appointments

Since 07/2020

Research Fellow
University of Edinburgh, Centre of African Studies
ERC-funded project African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition (AFRIGOS)
Principal investigator: Prof. Paul Nugent

Since 01/2020

Research Fellow
Stellenbosch University, Department of Political Science, Centre for International & Comparative Politics

03/2020 – 01/2021

Adjunct Lecturer
University of St Andrews, School of International Relations

01/2015 – 12/2017

Research Associate
Stellenbosch University, Department of Political Science, Centre for International & Comparative Politics

Courses taught

Academic years 2019-20, 2020-21

The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa (senior honours, 4th year)
University of St Andrews, School of International Relations

Academic years 2014, 2015, 2016

Global Political Economy (senior honours, 4th year)
Stellenbosch University, Department of Political Science

Academic qualifications

2020

PhD in International Relations
University of St Andrews, School of International Relations

Title of dissertation: ‘The Chinese Infrastructural Fix in Africa: A Strategic-Relational Analysis of Zambia’s “Road Bonanza” and the Rehabilitation of TAZARA’

2013

Master of Arts in International Studies
Stellenbosch Univeristy

Thesis title: ‘Regionalism in theory and practice: The transformative potential of civil society in Southern Africa’

2010

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law
University of Heidelberg

Awards and fellowships (selected)

2015-2020

2015-2019

PhD Studenship
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Doctoral Fellowship
Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS)

2016

Mobility Award
St Andrews Russell Trust

2010-2012

Scholarship for postgraduate studies
Friedrich Ebert Foundation

2007-2010

Scholarship for undergraduate studies
Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Professional experience and civic engagement (selected)

2007-2019

Co-founder and chairperson of the Germany-based not-for-profit organisation Freundeskreis Uganda e.V.

2012-2015

Accredited Parliamentary Assistant to Evelyne Gebhardt, Member of the European Parliament and former Vice-President of the European Parliament

2007-2011

Press spokesperson, German Social Democratic Party in the county of Göppingen

2008-2009

Assistant in the constituency office of Walter Riester, Member of the German Parliament and former Minister of Labour and Social Affairs