Political Science
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Prof Scarlett Cornelissen


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

Teaching specia​​lisation

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

Research Inter​​ests

African international relations; South African foreign policy; Japan-Africa relations

Current resea​​rch 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 Bo​​​ok Chapters

'National Meaning-Making in Complex Societies: Political Legitimation and Branding Dynamics in Post-Apartheid South Africa', Geopolitics, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2017.1278695. (Online Journal).

'South Africa and Japan: Maintaining a difficult friendship', Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 54, 2: 186-202. 2016.

'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.​