Dr. Bhaso Ndzendze — University of Johannesburg


I am a Senior Lecturer with most of my teaching focused on technology dynamics in international relations, international law,  political history, and Africa-China relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

As of 1 June 2021, I have been the Head of Department (HOD) at the Department of Politics and International Relations at UJ and also Head of Unit (HoU) of the 4IR and Digital Policy Unit (4DPRU) within the Department of Politics and International Relations. The 4DPRU was established on 1 November 2021. My other affiliations include the African Centre for the Study of the United States (Wits) and the African Policy Research Institute (APRI) where I am a research fellow with a focus on digital policy.

As a researcher, I have published multiple books, book chapters, journal articles and opinion articles. The central theme of my research is Africa’s international relations, with a focus on the political economy of its trade and engagement with technology. Theoretically, my work is grounded in Neoclassical realist theory. My research projects are focused on understanding the role of trade in (1) the relationships between African countries and the People’s Republic of China compared to Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) since the early 2000s (2) emerging technologies in international relations, and (3) the international political economy of interstate war in late 20th century East Africa. In all these areas I apply the lens of Neoclassical realism using opportunity cost and utilise quantitative data from open and original datasets as well as qualitative data from documentary analysis and interviews.

My previous role was as Research Director at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) for little over two years (2018-2020).

I’ve also done research on South Africa-BRICS stock market integration. Here’s a 2018 TV interview where I talk about that based on this article:

More details on my research are here, my list of publications is here, and details on my teaching are here.

Find me on Twitter @NdzendzeBhaso and Instagram @bhasondzendze

My scholarship.

Some of my publications include the book Artificial intelligence and International Relations Theories, The BRICS Order co-edited with David Monyae, a special issue of The Thinker looking at matters confronting the country and continent, and the comprehensive report, What is Africa’s Digital Agenda? coauthored with colleagues at APRI.

I am also editor-in-chief of the newly established Digital Policy Studies. Our first issue is to come out in May of 2022.