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Mandira Bagwandeen

Senior Research Fellow, The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town

Mandira Bagwandeen is a Senior Researcher at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she focuses on Africa’s regional integration and industrialisation and Africa-China relations. She also lectures international relations courses at UCT’s Political Studies Department. Mandira is affiliated with several think tanks: She is an Associate Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research (Fondation pour la recherche stratégique), a Research Associate at the African Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, a Research Fellow at the Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations (ASCIR) in Ghana, and a Research Contributor for the Nanyang Technical University-Singapore Business Federation (NTU-SBF) Centre for African Studies. Mandira has produced commentary and written several articles on Africa-China issues for various local and international media outlets.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Cape Town


  • 2021 
    University of Cape Town , PhD (Political Science- International Relations)