African international relations; South African foreign policy; Japan-Africa relations
Current research projects
Asian actors, their investments and diplomacy in sub-Saharan Africa; Corporate Social Responsibility paradigms and practices in Africa
Selected recent publications
Cornelissen, S., F. Cheru, F. and T. M. Shaw, (eds.) (2012). Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Shaw, T.M.; A.J. Grant and S. Cornelissen, (eds.) (2011) Research Companion to Regionalisms. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Ashgate.
Articles and chapters
Cornelissen, S. (2014). ‘South Africa’s economic ties with north-east Asia’, in G. Khadiagala; P. Naidoo; D. Pillay & R. Southall (eds.) The New South African Review 4: A Fragile Democracy 20 Years On. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
'Corporate social responsibility as a social development paradigm in Africas political economy: its emergence and implications for African agency', in W. Brown & S. Harman (eds.) African Agency in International Politics. Abingdon: Routledge.
'South Africa's economic role in southern Africa: Evolving conditions of structural power', 2013, in U. Pillay, G. Hagg & F. Nyamnjoh (eds.) State of the Nation South Africa 2012-2013. Cape Town: HRSC Press.
'Selling Africa: Japan's G8 politics and its Africa diplomacy', Global Governance (forthcoming).
"Our struggles are bigger than the World Cup": Civic activism, state-society relations and the socio-political legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, British Journal of Sociology, 2012, 63. 2: 328-348.
More than a sporting chance? Appraising the sport for development legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Third World Quarterly, 2011, 32, 3: 503-529.
The geopolitics of global aspiration: sport mega-events and emerging powers, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 2010, 27, nos. 16-18: 3008-3025.
Awkward embraces: emerging and established powers and the shifting fortunes of Africa's international relations in the twenty-first century, Politikon, 2009, 36, 1: 5-26.
Migration regimes and the politics of difference in contemporary Southern Africa, The Round Table, 2009, 98, 402: 347-360.