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Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Qualifications

  • BA (1989) (Stellenbosch);
  • Hons BA (1992) (Stellenbosch),
  • MA (2000) (Stellenbosch),
  • D Phil Candidate (University of Pretoria)

Specialization

  • South African foreign policy and relations
  • International relations
  • Environment and security issues
  • International political economy 

Address
7-12 Theo van Wijk Building
Tel: (012) 429-6068 (w)
Fax: (012) 429-6085
E-mail: vwykjak@unisa.ac.za

Ms Jo-Ansie van Wyk

BA (1989) (Stellenbosch); Hons BA (1992) (Stellenbosch), MA (2000) (Stellenbosch), D Phil Candidate (University of Pretoria)

I have started my teaching career at Unisa in 1997 after previous positions at the University of Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch), a research fellowship at King’s College (University of London, London), the South African Military Academy (Saldanha) and Parliament (Cape Town). I have completed a Masters degree at the University of Stellenbosch on ‘Aspekte van die openbare beleidproses in Suid-Afrika met spesiale verwysing na waterbeleid (1994-1999)’. (‘Aspects of the public policy process in South Africa with special reference to water policy 1994 - 1999)’.  I am currently enrolled for a doctoral degree at the University of Pretoria. The topic of my thesis is ‘South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy, 1990-2010: securing a niche role through norm construction and state identity’.

My undergraduate teaching at Unisa included courses and modules on South Africa’s foreign policy, International Political Economy, Diplomacy and International Political Dynamics. My involvement with our department’s Honours programme included teaching papers on Foreign Policy Analysis, Strategic Studies, South Africa in the International Political Economy, Peace, and Conflict and Security Studies. I have also supervised completed Masters dissertations on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Namibia’s foreign policy. At doctoral level, my supervision currently involves theses on Namibia’s economic diplomacy the United States’ relations with South Africa. I have also acted as external examiner for Masters dissertation from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Free State.  

My research interests and publications over the last decade was taken up with research on South Africa’s foreign policy towards Zimbabwe since 2000, water and environmental politics in Africa, environmental security in Africa, South Africa’s international relations, sport and politics, political leadership in Africa, political event management, space politics and International Space Law.

My current research focuses on South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy between 1990 and 2010. Other current research interests include South Africa’s space policy, political leadership in Africa and state-formation and post-conflict reconstruction. 

I am a Fulbright Alumna, having spent time at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, US in 2003. I am also a Member of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (The South African Academy for Science and Art).

I have served as the Review Editor of Politikon (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) and the Editor of Politeia (Unisa Press).

I have also regularly lectured at the South African National Intelligence Academy, the South African National Defence College, the South African War College and the South African Diplomatic Academy.

I have completed consultancies for the World Bank (Washington) on political leadership in Africa, UNESCO on environmental and human security (Paris), the Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria) on environmental and human security, the South African Department of Foreign Affairs (Pretoria) on the United Nations and Consultancy Africa Intelligence (Pretoria) on South Africa’s nuclear environment and policy.

I was appointed by the South African Minister of Trade and Industry to serve as a Member of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA) in June 2010.

I am an Associate of the Center of Brazil-South Africa Studies (Centro de Estudos Brasil-África do Sul, CESUL), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Allegro, Brazil. I also serve as a Council Member of the South Africa African Association of Political Science (SAAPS) and is also a member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and the Jung Centre Gauteng (since 2002).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2000

Book

Promoting human security: ethical, normative and educational frameworks in Africa. UNESCO: Paris. 2007. 210 pp.

Occasional and Discussion Papers, and Monograph

Donald Anthony Mwiturubani & Jo-Ansie van Wyk, ‘Introduction’, in Donald Anthony Mwiturubani & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds), Climate change and natural resource conflicts in Africa. Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Monograph No 170. ISS: Pretoria. 2010.  p. x-xii.

‘The African Union’s response to climate change and climate security’, in Donald Anthony Mwiturubani & Jo-Ansie van Wyk (Eds), Climate change and natural resource conflicts in Africa. Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Monograph No 170. ISS: Pretoria. 2010.  p. 3-22.

Cadres, Capitalists, Elites and Coalitions: The ANC and Development in South Africa. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)) Discussion Paper 46. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet: Uppsala. 2009. 61 pp.

Political Leaders in Africa: Presidents, Patrons or Profiteers? The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) Occasional Paper Series. Vol 2. No 1. ACCORD: Durban. 2007. 38 pp.

Chapters in books, yearbooks and on CD ROM

‘Case study: Kamieskroon Bed & Breakfast’, in Dimitri Tassiopoulos (Ed), New tourism ventures: an entrepreneurial and managerial approach. Juta: Cape Town. Second edition. 2011. p. 365-381.

Ghislaine Povey & Jo-Ansie van Wyk, ‘Culture and the event experience’, in P Robinson, D Wale & G Dickson (Eds), Events Management. CABI: Oxfordshire. 2010. p. 1-19.

‘A sociedade sul-afrcanaem transformação: alguns mitos e realidades’, in Paulo G Fagundes Visentini & Analúcia Danilevicz Pereira (Eds.), África do Sul: história, estado e sociedade. Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão (FUNAG)/Série Sul-Africana (CESUL): Brasília. 2010. p. 209-233.

 ‘Political, civic and government events’, in Dimitri Tassiopoulos (Ed), Events Management. A developmental and managerial approach. Juta: Cape Town. Third edition. 2010. p. 451-469.

‘Cooperation in space science and technology in IBSA: overcoming some legal challenges’, in P Solomon Vinay Kumar (Ed), Outer Space: Science and Law. Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (Icfai) University Press: Hyderabad. 2009. p. 110-141.

‘Overview of the implementation status of the five United Nations treaties on Outer Space in African countries’, in P Solomon Vinay Kumar (Ed), Space Law: Legal Contours.  Amicus Books & Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (Icfai) University Press: Hyderabad. 2009. p. 106-127.

‘Promoting human security: ethical, normative and educational frameworks in Africa’, in UNESCO, Human security. UNESCO: Paris. 2008. CD Rom.

‘Case study: Kamieskroon Bed & Breakfast’, in Dimitri Tassiopoulos (Ed), New tourism ventures: an entrepreneurial and managerial approach. Juta: Cape Town. 2008. p. 401-420.

South Africa and the creation of new states.’ South African Yearbook of International Affairs 2006/7. South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA): Johannesburg. 2007. p. 61-74.

‘Africa and the War on Terror: From Kalashnikovs to Qurans to Cooperation’, in Mark J Miller & Boyka Stefanova (Eds), The War on Terror in comparative perspective. US security and foreign policy after 9/11. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. 2007. p. 121-138. 

‘South Africa’s international co-operation on space affairs.’ South African Yearbook of International Affairs 2005. South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA): Johannesburg. 2006. pp 87-97.

‘Managing political events’, in Dimitri Tassiopoulos (Ed), Event Management. A professional and developmental approach. Juta:  Cape Town. Second edition. 2005. p. 466-488.

Philip Nel, Jo-Ansie van Wyk & Karen Johnsen, ‘Democracy, participation and foreign policy making in South Africa’, in Philip Nel & Janis van der Westhuizen (Eds), Democratising foreign policy? Lessons from South Africa. Lexington Books: Lanham, Maryland. 2004. p. 39-61.

‘Environmental security in South Africa: a prognosis for regional security’, in Michael Darkoh & Apollo Rwomire (Eds), Human impact on environment and sustainable development in Africa. Ashgate: Aldershot. 2003. p. 75-97.

‘’Quiet diplomacy’ as a foreign policy instrument: South Africa’s response to the Zimbabwe issue’, in Sipho Buthelezi & Elizabeth le Roux (Eds), South Africa since 1994: lessons and prospects. Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria. 2002. p.95-124.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, Richard Meissner & Hannatjie Jacobs, ‘Future challenges of providing high quality water’, in Knowledge for sustainable development. An insight into the Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Vol 2. UNESCO Publishing: Oxford. 2002. p. 207-228.

‘Beyond the Limpopo: relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe’, in Murray Faure (Ed), Willem Kleynhans Gedenkbundel. University of South Africa (Unisa) Press: Pretoria. 2001.

‘The international politics of dams: the case of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project’, in World Commission on Dams (WCD). Dams and development. A framework for decision-making. World Commission on Dams CD ROM. Earthscan Publications: London. 2001. p. 410-425.

‘Political, civic and government event management’, in Dimitri Tassiopoulos (Ed), Event management. A professional and developmental approach. First edition. Juta: Cape Town. 2000. p.460-482.

‘Power house or rubber stamp? Parliament and foreign affairs.’ South African Yearbook of International Affairs 2000/01. South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA): Johannesburg. 2000. p. 83-90.

Conference & workshop proceedings

‘An overview of the responses of the AU, regional economic communities and African governments to climate change and transboundary water conflict in Africa’, in Debay Tadesse (Ed), Climate change and transboundary water resource conflicts in Africa. Institute for Security Studies: Pretoria. 2010. p. 101-107. Report on Expert Roundtable Workshop on Climate change and transboundary water resource conflicts in Africa: Legal, policy and institutional challenges, Mombasa, Kenya. 29-30 September 2009.

‘IBSA: Development, and scientific and technological cooperation’, in Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão (FUNAG), IBAS. Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão: Brasília. 2009. p. 247-299. Proceedings of the III Conferência Nacional de Política Externa e Política Internacional (III CNPEPI) (‘O Brasil no mundo que vem ai’), Palácio Itamaraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 29 August 2008.

‘Overview of the implementation status of the five United Nations Treaties on Outer Space in African countries.’ African Skies/Cieux Africains.  No 1. 2008. p. 90-98.  Proceedings of the 2nd African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, Pretoria, South Africa, 2-4 October 2007.

Guest editing of peer-reviewed journal

World Journal of Managing Events. Vol 1. No. 2. 2008. [Special issue on: The 2010 FIFA kick-off In South Africa: Red Cards, Fancy Footwork or Goals?] 74 pp.

Research articles

‘South Africa’s space policy and interests: a new dawn or a black hole?’ Strategic Review for Southern Africa. 2009.  p. 46-73.

‘Space for peace? The use of space technology to monitor conflict trends and human security in Africa.’ Conflict Trends. Issue 4. 2008. p. 12-17.

‘The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa: The politics of hosting a mega international event.’ World Journal of Managing Events. Vol 2. No. 1 2008. p. 1-9. [Special issue on: The 2010 FIFA kick-off In South Africa: Red Cards, Fancy Footwork or Goals?]

‘South Africa’s space interests: universalism redefined?’ South African Institute of International Affairs’ (SAIIA) South African Foreign Policy Monitor. June – July 2007. p. 3-4.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, Linda Kinghorn, Hollie Hepburn, Clarence Payne & Chris Sham.The international politics of nuclear weapons: a constructivist analysis.’ Scientia Militaria. South African Journal of Military Studies. Vol 35. No 1. 2007. p. 23-45.

Allah, Africa and America: the US War on Terrorism in Africa.’ Africa Insight. Vol 35. No 2. 2005. p. 61-70.

‘From the Great Trek to Star Trek? South Africa’s evolving space policy and space interests.’ University of Pretoria’s Centre for International and Political Studies (CIPS) Electronic Briefing Paper. No 51. 2005. 11 pp.

‘South Africa’s post apartheid foreign policy. A constructivist analysis.’ Politeia. South African Journal for Political Science and Public Administration. (Special Issue on Reflections on Ten Years of Democratic Rule in South Africa). Vol 23. No 3. 2004. p. 103-136.

Philip Nel & Jo-Ansie van Wyk. ‘Democratic participation and foreign policy making in South Africa.’ Politeia. South African Journal for Political Science and Public Administration. Vol 22. No 2. 2003. p. 49-71.

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, Kevin Town, Faten Aggad & Gerrie Swart. ‘La crisi in Zimbabwe: la posizione del Sudafrica e di altri attori internazionali.’ Afriche e Orienti. Rivista di studi ai confini tra Africa, Mediterraneo e Medio Oriente. Vol 5. No 2. 2003. p.113-127.

‘The Zimbabwe crisis: reluctance, inadequacy or another Rubicon to cross?’ New Zealand International Review. Vol XXVIII. No 2. 2003. p. 22-24.

‘The saga continues...The Zimbabwe issue in South Africa’s foreign policy.’ Alternatives. Turkish Journal of International Relations. Vol 1. No 4. 2002.

‘Water management conflict and the challenges of globalisation.’ African Journal on Conflict Resolution. Vol 2. No 2. 2002. p. 53-75. 

‘Water vir almal? ‘n Voorlopige evaluering van die waterbeleid in Suid-Afrika.’ Politeia. South African Journal for Political Science and Public Administration. Vol 20. No 1. 2001. p. 40- 62.

‘Quiet diplomacy as a foreign policy instrument: South Africa’s response to the Zimbabwe issue.’ Nigerian Journal of International Affairs. Vol 27. No 1 & 2. 2001. p. 194-235.

‘Food for thought? The politics of food, resources and development in Africa.’ New Zealand International Review. Vol XXVI. No 2. 2001. p. 14-18.

‘The international politics of dams with specific reference to Lesotho.’ Strategic Review for Southern Africa. Vol XXII. No 1. 2000. p. 56-85.

‘An illusion of plenty? Resources and development in Africa.’ African Security Review. Vol 9. No 4. 2000. p. 34-50.

‘A river runs through it: water security in Southern Africa.’ New Zealand International Review.  Vol XXV. No 3. 2000. p. 20-23.