Dr Ross Anthony – CCS Director

CCS_Research_Fellow_Ross_Anthony_2014Dr Ross Anthony is the Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies. Ross’s research focuses on Chinese politics both domestically and in its relationship with Africa.

Within the African domain, Ross examines the relationship between Chinese economic investments in Africa and geo-political security concerns. The work examines transnational infrastructure and resource linkages in eastern and southern Africa and, by extension, the adjacent maritime territories of the Indian Ocean and Antarctic region. He is also interested in the role the economy plays in determining political relations between China and Africa, recently fleshed out in a project focusing on the diplomacy of economic pragmatism in the triangular relationship between South Africa China and Taiwan. Within China, Ross continues to hold an interest in the area of his Ph.D. research, the Muslim region of Xinjiang, western China, in fields of ethnicity, nationalism urbanisation and China’s market shift. Ross is an advocate of building African-centred China expertise through teaching. He teaches on China-Africa related issues as well as on issues of Chinese politics, economy, culture and history.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and was previously a Mellon Foundation Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies.


Dr Meryl Burgess – Research Fellow

CCS_Research_Analyst_Meryl_12Dr Meryl Burgess is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She obtained a Masters degree in International Studies (with distinction) in 2011 from Stellenbosch University and completed her PhD in Political Science at the same institution in 2017. Her PhD study assessed how the contrasting political systems of China (authoritarian) and South Africa (pluralist) shape the roles of environmental NGOs in conservation policy. Her current research at the CCS focuses on environmental protection and conservation issues within the China-Africa field; specifically looking at challenges to biodiversity in China as well as in China’s engagement in Africa; the regulation and policy of protected areas, and the role of civil society within the environmental sector. Meryl has also carried out research on China’s engagement in Africa’s water sector, for instance looking at the environmental and social impacts of dam building.


Dr Yejoo Kim – Research Fellow

CCS_Research_Analyst_Yejoo_10Yejoo Kim (PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She received her PhD in Political Science and her MA in International Studies from Stellenbosch University. Her research agenda centres on Africa’s development with reference to East Asia. Her previous research includes Special Economic Zones in Africa, Chinese investment in the manufacturing sector and its implications for labour in South Africa. Currently, she is conducting research on East Asian actor’s involvement in Africa’s infrastructure. She also endeavours establishing Asia Literacy in Africa. She is running a Korean Studies Programme sponsored by Academy of Korean Studies (2016-2019).


Dr Nuša Tukić – Research Associate

Dr Nuša Tukić is a Research Associate at the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS). She obtained a BA in Human Geography in 2009 from the University of Oslo, Norway. She completed a MA in International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch in 2011. She worked as a research assistant for the Democratic Alliance in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa between January and July 2012. She has also written and published articles on elections and democracy in Africa for Consultancy Africa Intelligence. In 2018, she received her PhD from Stellenbosch University. Her work focused on Chinese and Brazilian engagements in Zambia’s mining industry.

Nuša is fluent in Croatian, German, Norwegian and English, and conversant in Spanish, Italian and Afrikaans.


Masego Mothei – Research and Administrative Assistant

IMG_8015Masego Mothei is a research and administrative assistant at the Centre for Chinese Studies. She is currently studying towards her undergraduate degree in BA Languages and Culture at Stellenbosch University. Her majors include Chinese Studies and Applied English Language Studies.  Her interests range from cross-cultural interaction between China and Africa to pedagogical studies of English as a foreign language and Chinese language acquisition for first language speakers of other languages. She is also passionate about international studies focusing on natural disaster management in China and leadership development.

Masego is a recipient of the International Golden Key Honour Society Award for 2016 and 2017 for displaying academic excellence. She is fluent in Sesotho and English and speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Afrikaans and Setswana at varying levels of fluency.