Professor Lisa Thompson is a full Professor in the School of Government and Director of the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) situated at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Over the past 22 years, she has led numerous research projects within the School of Government in the areas of international development and participatory democratic development. Previously Director of the Centre for Southern African Studies (CSAS) that focused on regional integration, since the formation of ACCEDE in 2007, Professor Thompson has led a number of internationally funded projects on participatory development in the South from global political economy perspective.
While research is located within critical international global development perspectives, ACCEDE’s research includes a strong action based component of advocacy work with grassroots community groups, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, social movements and ad hoc forms of community activism and mobilization from below. Recent research has included a focus on regional and South-South development approaches that purport to promote people centered development. The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) alliance is currently of particular focus. Most recently, funding from the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and ongoing institutional support from the University of the Western Cape has allowed for in-depth research on various developmental aspects of BRICS including multilateral and bilateral trade and investment agreements and strategies.
The BRICS states renewed interest in Special Economic Zones and their potential to form a base to kick-start South Africa and the regions mostly primary product forms of production is the basis for current case study research. This research examines broader South-South economic linkages against the background of the local social justice impact of BRICS trade and investment on poor communities.
Recent Publications Include
Thompson, L and Tsolekile de Wet, P. 2017. BRICS Development Strategies: Exploring the meaning of BRICS ‘community’ and ‘collective action’ in the Context of BRICS State Led Cooperation in South Africa, Chinese Political Science Review, Vol 2, No 1 (peer reviewed).
Thompson, L. Tapscott, C. Tsolekile de Wet, P, 2017. “An Exploration of the Concept of Community and its Impact on Participatory Governance Policy and Service Delivery in Poor Areas of Cape Town, South Africa”, Politikon, Vol 44, No 4 (online) (peer reviewed).
Pamela Tsolekile de Wet is a researcher at the Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE), School of Government, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
She obtained her Masters in Urban Design and Infrastructure Management at UCT in 2012 and is currently registered for a PhD in the Institute of Social Development at UWC. Her research interests include people-centred development processes, democracy, and citizen participation. She is currently involved in a research project BRICS from below – Social Justice, Sustainable Development and Quality of Life Cluster.
Her recent publications & conference papers include:
Franklin, Ondah Awaseh is a researcher at the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy(ACCEDE). Mr. Awaseh is currently doing research work on BRICS from below (significance and understanding of the BRICS alliance for ordinary citizens) in partnership with other senior researchers from ACCEDE, while completing a master dissertation that interrogates the peculiarity of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in adding value to the Development Agenda in South Africa.
Franklin’s orientation towards research developed when he was a research assistant at the School of Post Graduate studies(UWC), where he worked mostly with PhD students. He has also mentored and tutored academic writing and research to several undergraduate students at UWC both as a senior mentor/tutor and as a Residential Service’s Student Development Officer.
Franklin’s academic and leadership quality earned him a number of awards with the most memorable being UWC’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Student Development and Support (SDS) most outstanding student of the year.
Chris Tapscott is an Emeritus Professor and former director of the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape. A sociologist, he has, over the years, undertaken extensive research on behalf of ACCEDE on issues relating to citizenship, participatory democracy and social exclusion, social movements, and the limitations of the local state. Recent work has focused on the prospects of a democratic developmental state, and on issues of governance and accountability in BRICS states. Recent publications include:
Ms Thecla Mulu is completing a PHD at the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, School of Government, University of the Western Cape. Her thesis is titled: The South African AIDS movement and local responses to health activism: implications for citizenship and democracy.
She holds an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Development (ISD) at the University of the Western Cape, and a BA(Hons) from the African Centre for Migration and Society(ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Her recent publications include:
Thecla N. Mulu & Ernest A. Pineteh (2016): Approaches to participatory community development in South Africa for small business development. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, 30 (1): 7-28. IBSSErnest A. Pineteh & Thecla N. Mulu (2016): Tragic and heroic moments in the lives of forced migrants: memories of political asylum seekers in post-apartheid South Africa. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 32 (3): 63-72. IBSS
Ernest A. Pineteh & Thecla N. Mulu (2016): Francophone transnational students, social exclusion and the challenges of adaptation at a South African University of Technology. African Human Mobility Review, 2 (1): 383-403. Peer reviewed