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Dr. Tim Zajontz

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Role Lecturer
Office hours Currently via Zoom, every Wednesday, 14.00-16.00 Please send an email to book a slot
Address Rempartstr. 15, KG IV, 79085 Freiburg, Germany
Room 4323
E-Mail tim.zajontz@politik.uni-freiburg.de

Profile

Tim Zajontz is a lecturer at the Chair for International Relations (Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi) since October 2021. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and taught courses at the University of St Andrews (UK) and at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He earned a PhD from the School of International Relations at St Andrews where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Ian Taylor on the political economy and governance of Chinese-financed infrastructure projects in Africa. His PhD research was funded by the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Zajontz is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at Stellenbosch University as well as a co-coordinator of the Collaborative Research Group 'African Politics and International Relations' of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS). He has previously worked in different advisory positions in German and EU politics. He is co-founder of the Germany-based, not-for-profit organisation ‘Freundeskreis Uganda e.V.’

His research centres around Africa’s international relations and political economy, with a particular focus on Southern and Eastern Africa as well as on Africa-China relations. His current research interests are infrastructure politics, especially in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), dynamics of indebtedness and dependency and conceptual questions related to structure-agency dialectics in China-Africa interactions, economic imperialisms, late neoliberalism and the production of space in international relations. Tim Zajontz has conducted research in Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Academic CV

Since 10/2021 Lecturer at the Chair for International Relations (Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi)
Since 01/2020 Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for International and Comparative Politics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
07/2020 – 07/2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the project ‘African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition (AFRIGOS)’, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK
Funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Paul Nugent

03/2020 – 01/2021 Adjunct Lecturer in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK
2015 – 2020 PhD Candidate
Title of PhD dissertation: The Chinese Infrastructural Fix in Africa: A Strategic-Relational Analysis of Zambia’s “Road Bonanza” and the Rehabilitation of TAZARA
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ian Taylor, Dr. Vassilios Paipias
Several research stays in Tanzania and Zambia
Scholarships: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Friedrich Ebert Foundation
01/2015 – 12/2017 Research Associate, Centre for International and Comparative Politics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2014 – 2016 Associate Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
01/2011 – 10/2012 M.A. in International Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Thesis title: Regionalism in theory and practice: The transformative potential of civil society in Southern Africa
Scholarship: Friedrich Ebert Foundation
08/2010 – 12/2010 M.A. in International Studies (1st part), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)/Bjørknes University College, Oslo, Norway
Scholarship: Friedrich Ebert Foundation
10/2007 – 07/2010 B.A. in Political Science and Public Law, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Scholarship: Friedrich Ebert Foundation
09/2009 – 01/2010 Erasmus mobility programme, University of Leuven, Belgium

Forschungsinteressen

  • African international relations, politics and political economy
  • Africa-China and Africa-EU relations
  • Economic governance and state-society relations
  • Regionalisms and regional integration
  • Neo-Marxian, neo-Gramscian and postcolonial approaches
  • Critical realist philosophy of science

Publikationsauswahl

Journal articles

  • Zajontz, Tim (2021). ‘Debt, distress, dispossession: towards a critical political economy of Africa’s financial dependency’, Review of African Political Economy, online first, https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2021.1950669.
  • Carmody, Pádraig, Taylor, Ian and Zajontz, Tim (2021). ‘China’s Spatial Fix and “Debt Diplomacy” in Africa: Constraining Belt or Road to Economic Transformation?’, Canadian Journal of African Studies, online first, https://doi.org/10.1080/00083968.2020.1868014.
  • Zajontz, Tim (2020). ‘The Chinese infrastructural fix in Africa: Lessons from the Sino-Zambian “road bonanza”’, Oxford Development Studies, online first, https://doi.org/10.1080/13600818.2020.1861230.
  • Taylor, Ian and Zajontz, Tim (2020). ‘In a fix: Africa’s place in the Belt and Road Initiative and the reproduction of dependency’, South African Journal of International Affairs 27(3): 277-295, https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2020.1830165.
  • Zajontz, Tim and Leysens, Anthony (2015). ‘Regionalism Revised: A Critical-reflectivist Framework for Engaging the Changing Nature of Developing Regionalisms in Africa’, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies 42(3): 299-323, https://doi.org/10.1080/02589346.2015.1104465.
  • Zajontz, Tim and Leysens, Anthony (2015). ‘Civil Society in Southern Africa – Transformers from Below?’, Journal of Southern African Studies 41(4): 887-904, https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2015.1060091.

 

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Media Work

 

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Teaching

Winter term 2021/22

Advanced course: Global Political Economy and the Global South

Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg

Winter term 2021/22

Exercise course accompanying the lecture ‘Introduction to Political Science’

Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg

First term 2020/21

Honours (4th year) module: The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa

School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Second term 2019/20

Honours (4th year) module: The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa

School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Second term 2016

Senior honours (4th year) module: Global Political Economy

Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University

Second term 2015

Senior honours (4th year) module: Global Political Economy

Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University

Second term 2014

Senior honours (4th year) module: Global Political Economy

Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University

 

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