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Jeff Handmaker, GGSJ Senior Researcher and (since 2013) Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) will take over as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal in 2017.

sajhrcoverFounded in 1985 by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and housed at the School of Law, University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg, the SAJHR is the leading and one of the oldest South African public law journals.

The SAJHR is published by Taylor & Francis (as of January 2016) and was ranked ‘1’ (first) in South Africa with a combined score of 100 and had an impact factor of 0.392 (with a 5-year impact factor of 0.36) in the Journal Citation Reports 2015.

Past issues of the Journal can currently be viewed on SABINET and on HeinOnline.

GGSJ Senior Researcher and Associate Editor of European Political Science Review (EPSR), Karim Knio will be editing a new Handbook on the International Political Economy of the State, which will be published by Edward Elgar  publishers.

The handbook will add to Elgar’s Series of Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy (edited by Benjamin J. Cohen and Matthew Watson) covering issues such as migration, agriculture and food, production, trade, monetary relations and governance.

The new Handbook, which will include prominent scholars on the topic, offers a comprehensive picture of contemporary trends within IPE in relation to the State by highlighting its specific processes of historical contextualization. Its aim is twofold: (1) to offer a traditional and coherent overview of the main theories and themes in relation to the state and IPE and (2) to do so with a degree of ingenuity.

In offering a close and thorough look at the extant conceptualizations of the State and state institutions (formal and informal), the book will also bring theoretical coherence to the field.

The handbook should be available in 2018.edward-elgar1-300x88



Professor Thea Hilhorst gave her innaugural address at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) on 22 September 2016. This editorial, which is based on that lecture, which is available on-line, forms part of When Disasters Meet Conflict, an NWO VICI-funded research programme

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

President Obama recently invited a selected, high-level company of heads of states to garner more support for refugees: pledges for humanitarian assistance, better security for refugees in host societies and more space for employment and development of refugees. Although the meeting appeared to be a ritual with fewer pledges than hoped for, and quite a lot of these consisting of repackaged old commitments or new promises that may be or may not be upheld. The significance of the meeting was partly found in its agenda, that rightly connects questions of refugees, rights and development. Fostering the resilience of refugees requires space to secure their livelihoods and protection.


showphoto.viewDes Gasper, GGSJ Senior Researcher, was interviewed by the JICA Research Institute in Japan

The video of this interview, which provides an overview of Professor Gasper’s longstanding research in the area of human security analysis, is available for viewing at this link.


ESDP_24The long-standing crisis in the #SouthChinaSea has received considerable media attention, not least in light of the historic judgement by the Hague Tribunal.

The judgement is likely to be strongly resisted, not least by the government of China.

This makes the critical analysis by Thanh Dam Truong and senior GGSJ researcher Karim Knio all the more important and valuable. Their 2016 book, published by Springer, discusses the many complex interactions at play.

On 8 July 2016, GGSJ Researcher Mohammed Omer Almoghayer successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Paleiskerk in The Hague.

Omer_promotionteamWith the title Beyond factionalism: cultural and children’s programs on Palestinian satellite television Dr. Omer Almoghayer argued his thesis, which was supervised by Professor Karin Arts (ISS), Professor Dick Douwes (EUR) and Dr. Helen Hintjens, on the production of Palestinian satellite television in the contemporary era. As noted in the abstract to his thesis:

it interrogates the ways in which factors beyond simple factional politics come to impact the creation of cultural and children’s programming even in the highly charged political environment of the Palestinian territories. Combining close content analysis with qualitative, in depth producer interviews, the dissertation argues that overtly factional media outlets are subject to the technological, social, and economic motivations and limitations theorized by Julie D’Acci, Herbert Ganz, Todd Gitlin, and others. In particular, changes in audience reach and production techniques, the evolution of Israeli occupation, and the emergence of a new discourse of ‘Palestinianism’ have impacted programming in ways that temper the role of pure factional politics and propaganda.

The Management Team of GGSJ heartily congratulates Dr. Omer Almoghayer on his successful defence and wishes him all the very best in his future career!



A brief report highlighting research ouputs and other activities by researchers attached to the ISS Research Group on Governance, Globalisation and Social Justice (GGSJ) has just been released.

The report can be downloaded here.

ISSWith regards,

GGSJ Management Team (Des, Karin and Jeff).

In March, Chad Brevis joined ISS-GGSJ as a junior visiting scholar with the EUSAID Erasmus Mundus Mobility Programme.

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Symbol of the hacktivism group “anonymous”

Chad is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cape Town researching political and economic disapprobation to free speech and the rise of “hacktivism” culture.

The title of his research at ISS is: Democracy and Communications in the New South Africa: Communicative Freedoms in a Digital Era

The context that has given rise to my thesis is the daily struggle between South African civil society and the South African government’s lack of accountability towards ineffective governance. I interrogate the disapprobation that the political and economic sector of South Africa has against freedom of speech.


In 2015, Professor Thea Hilhorst joined the ISS, bringing a new, NWO-funded VICI project.

Entitled “When Disasters Meet Conflict”, and supported by a team including Dr. Roanne van Voorst (post-doctoral researcher) and three PhD researchers (Rodrigo Mena; Samantha Melis and Isabelle Desportes), the programme will be run at an Institute-level, and particularly in co-operation with colleagues in the GGSJ and CIRI research groups.

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

Prof. Thea Hilhorst


More details about the programme are available on the ISS website.

GGSJ junior researcher and Phd candidate Anggun Susilo contributed to a report by the Asian Development Bank as principal researcher.

cover-mainstreaming-cdd-indonesiaThe publication, entitled “Toward Mainstreaming and Sustaining Community-Driven Development in Indonesia” is available for download on the website of the ADB.

As noted on the ADB website:

Through case studies, the study examines the ongoing transition from the government’s long-standing National Community Empowerment Program to mainstreaming through the government’s regular planning and budget allocation system through the Village Law, which was enacted in early 2014. The study summarizes important lessons learned and policy implications from the first year of Village Law implementation.

International Institute of Social Studies

The Governance, Globalization and Social Justice research programme aims to produce internationally leading, socially committed and societally relevant research outcomes on issues of governance from an explicitly social justice perspective. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.