Dries Velthuizen

The current research focus of Prof Dries Velthuizen is peace and security studies in Africa, from an African Knowledge Systems (AKS) perspective. He is an NRF rated researcher in the field of humanities; sub-field Politics and Public Administration; sub-sub field African Conflict Studies with nearly twenty articles or book chapters published in accredited journals. He also co-published a book on Restorative Justice in Africa.

Dries Velthuizen holds a D Litt et Phil degree, awarded by the University of South Africa (UNISA), for a dissertation with the title “The Management of Knowledge: A Model for the African Renaissance”. The dissertation included academic field research in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He also completed a BA (Hons) and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the same university.

Currently, Prof Velthuizen is with the Institute for African Renaissance Studies, College of Graduate Studies, Unisa where he is doing trans-disciplinary research into violent conflict prevention in Africa. Other academic activities include the training of officials in the management of democratic elections in Africa and the development of learning programs for several higher education institutions. He also traveled extensively for research purposes and attended and presented at academic conferences and seminars in several African countries and all continents.


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    Dr, Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA)


Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International