BA Political Science and Public Law (Heidelberg); MA International Studies (Stellenbosch)
Global Political Economy
Global political economy, political economy of Africa, regionalism, China, BRICS, regional civil society, critical theory, Coxian and neo-Gramscian theory, New Regionalism Approach, uneven development, critical realist philosophy of science
Current research projects
In the context of his PhD at the University of St. Andrews under the supervision of Prof. Ian Taylor, Tim is currently researching patterns of uneven regional development related to Chinese economic engagement in the TAZARA Development Corridor.
Zajontz, T. and Leysens, A. 2015. 'Civil society in Southern Africa – transformers from below?', Journal of Southern African Studies 41(4): 887-904.
Zajontz, T. and Leysens, A. 2015. 'Regionalism revised: A critical-reflectivist framework for engaging the changing nature of developing regionalisms in Africa', Politikon 42(3): 299-323.
Tim has worked as an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant in the European Parliament in Brussels where, amongst others, he has dealt with issues of the internal market and consumer protection. Tim is co-founder and chairperson of the membership-based, non-profit organisation Freundeskreis Uganda e.V. which collaborates with East African partner projects in the social and health sectors and promotes intercultural dialogue among Africans and Europeans.