University of South Africa

Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy, Disarmament, Environment, Ethics and Leadership, Global Governance, Green/Sustainable Energy, Human Security, International Affairs, International Sanctions, Non-Traditional Security, North-South Relations, Oceans and Law of the Sea, Post-conflict reconstruction and development

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures International Politics at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa. She has completed a D Phil (International Relations) on South Africa’s post-apartheid nuclear diplomacy, and has published on, amongst others, nuclear diplomacy; foreign policy; political leadership; African politics; space politics; and environmental and hydro-politics. She is Fulbright Alumna (University of Delaware, Newark, United States of America) and a Member of the South African Academy for Science and Art. She has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria; and the South African National Intelligence Academy; the South African National Defence College; the South African National War College; and the South African Diplomatic Academy. She has completed consultancies for the World Bank; UNESCO; the Institute for Security Studies (ISS); the South African Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); and Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI). From June 2010 until October 2014, she served on the South African Minister of Trade and Industry’s South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA). She is a recipient of inter alia, the University of South Africa Women Developing Researcher Award (2012); Academic Honorary Colours (University of Pretoria, 2013); the Bradlow Fellowship of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA, 2014); and Unisa’s Leadership in Research Women Award (2014). She is rated as a C3 researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

Recent Publications

Lesley Masters & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds.) South African foreign policy review. Volume 3. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2019.

Michael Thekiso & Jo-Ansie van Wyk, ‘The quest for permanent African membership of the UNSC: A comparative assessment of Nigeria and South Africa’s eligibility, in Oluwaseun Tella (Ed.), Nigeria-South Africa relations and regional hegemonic competence. New York: Springer. 2019. pp. 43-67.

‘The Executive and the military in South Africa during the Zuma Presidency’, in Steven Ratuva, Radomir Compel & Sérgio Luiz Cruz Aguilar (Eds.), Guns & Roses: Comparative Civil-Military Relations in the Changing Security Environment. Palgrave: Singapore. 2019. pp. 97-116.

‘Special advisers as South African foreign policy actors’, in Lesley Masters & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds.) South African foreign policy review. Volume 3. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2019.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk & Scott Firsing.’South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy during the Zuma presidency’, Lesley Masters & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds.) South African foreign policy review. Volume 3. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2019.

‘Demodernization and Democratization: Traditional Leaders in Post-Apartheid South Africa’, in Yakov Rabkin & Mykhailo Minakov (Eds.), Demodernization. A Future in the Past. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag. 2018. pp. 333-348.

‘Atomic/nuclear diplomacy’, in Gordon Martel (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2018. pp. 1-18. DOI:10.1002/9781118885154.dipl0014.

‘Political leadership and sustainability in Africa: Margaret Kenyatta’, in Robert Brinkmann & Sandra Garren (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability. Case studies and practical solutions. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2018. pp. 347-358.

‘The geography of nuclear power, class and inequality in South Africa’, in Gilbert M Khadiagala, Sarah Mosoetsa, Devan Pillay and Roger Southall (Eds.), New South African Review 6: The Crisis of Inequality. Johannesburg: Wits University Press. 2018. pp. 268-284.

‘Political parties and democracy in Africa’, in Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba & Toyin Falola (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook on African Politics, Governance and Development. New York: Palgrave. 2018. pp. 485-501

Updated February, 2019