Nina Callaghan

Deputy Director

Field of research

  • Governance
  • State Capture


Nina Callaghan is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, at Stellenbosch University (SU). She is seeking better questions and practice for development, politics, education, family-making and being together on this mysterious planet. Her MPhil builds theory for relational governance practice, focusing on partnerships, strategic coalitions and institutional work to navigate and shape governance outcomes for transition. She has co-edited a book on state capture, Anatomy of State Capture (Callaghan, Foley & Swilling, 2021) and co-authored book chapters for The Oxford Handbook of the South African Economy, (Oqubay, Tregenna & Valodia, 2021) and The Evolving Structure of South Africa’s Economy: Faultlines and Futures (Mohamed, Ngoma & Baloyi, 2023). Nina serves as the Transformation Committee Chair for the faculty of Economic and Management Science at SU. She is a lecturer for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development. Nina has previously worked as a director of the NGO, Children’s Radio Foundation, as a broadcast journalist and has experience as a theatre performer.