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Staff » Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen

BSocSc (Cape Town); MA (University of Stellenbosch), PhD (Glasgow), PGDip (Applied Ethics) (Stellenbosch)


Teaching specialisation:
International Relations; Foreign Policy Analysis; Political Theory; The Political Economy of Japan 


Research Interests:

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 Book Chapters

Cornelissen, S. 2015. "Japan's Official Development Assistance to sub-Saharan Africa: Patterns, Dynamics and Lessons", in Hiroshi Kato, John Page & Yasutami Shimomura (eds) Japan's Development Assistance: Foreign Aid and the Post-2015 Agenda. Basingstoke: Palgrave (forthcoming)

'The changing contours of Japan's African diplomacy', Diplomat Magazine - Border Crossing, Volume 1, 2015 (Bordercrossingvolume1issue4may

Blog on Transparency International site: Mega-event hosting by the world's rising powers - more pitfalls than promises?, posted 23 April 2015.

‘South Africa’'s relations with China and Japan’, in C. Landsberg, J. Van Wyk, L. Masters & S. Zondi (eds.) South African Foreign Policy Review Volume 2, 2015, Pretoria: HSRC.

‘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 – Twenty Years On, 2014, Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

‘South Africa'’s “coming out party”: Reflections on the significance and implications of the 2010 FIFA World Cup’, in J. Grix (ed.) Leveraging Legacies from Sports Mega-Events: Concepts and Cases, 2014, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

‘Corporate social responsibility as a social development paradigm in Africa’s political economy: its emergence and implications for African agency’, in W. Brown and S. Harman (eds.) African Agency in International Politics, 2013, Abingdon: Routledge.

‘Selling Africa: Japan’s G8 politics and its Africa diplomacy’, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 2012, 18, 4: 461-470.

TICAD's directives for Southern Africa: Promises and Pitfalls, Japanese Studies, 2012, 32, 2: 1-17.

"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.

Mega-event securitisation in a Third World setting: Global processes and ramifications in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Urban Studies, 2011, 48, 15: 3221-3240.

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.

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