Dr Heidi Brooks is the Senior Researcher in the Humanity Faculty at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) and a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg.
Her research interests lie in politics and government in South Africa, South African political history, the study of democracy and democratic theory, and democratic policing. She has published a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan titled, The African National Congress and Participatory Democracy, as well as several peer-reviewed journal articles on the history of democratic thought in the ANC; the 1980s people’s power movement; participatory democracy in post-1994 South Africa; and conceptions of democracy in the South African Police Service.
Heidi has a background in both higher education, as a lecturer of political and international studies, and in project management for the public and private sectors.
Senior research associate, University of Johannesburg
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Johannesburg
University of the Witwatersrand, PhD
University of the Witwatersrand, Master of Arts
University of Leeds, United Kingdom, BA Honours
Democracy and its discontents: Protest from a police perspective, South African Crime Quarterly
Decolonising and Re-theorising the Meaning of Democracy: A South African perspective, The Sociological Review
Popular power and vanguardism: The democratic deficit of people’s power, Politikon
Differential interpretations in the discourse of ‘people’s power’: Unveiling intellectual heritage and normative democratic thought, African Studies
Merging radical and liberal traditions: The Constitution Committee and the development of democratic thought in the African National Congress, 1986-1990, Journal of Southern African Studies
The mass movement and public policy: Discourses of participatory democracy in post-1994 South Africa, Journal of Modern African Studies
The dominant party system: Challenges for South Africa's second decade of democracy, Journal of African Elections