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Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Pretoria

Prof Maxi Schoeman holds a PhD from the University of Wales (Aberystwyth). She joined
UP in 2000 as professor and head of the Department of Political Sciences and currently also
serves as chair of the Core Social Sciences Cluster in the Faculty of Humanities. She is a
member of the University Council and an adjunct professor in the School for Public Policy
at George Mason University in the United States. She has held research fellowships with
Cambridge University (1995/96), the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (2001), the Dag
Hammarskjöld Foundation (2009) and the Nordic Africa Institute (2009). She was recently
awarded the 2014 Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the University of Uppsala, a position that
she will take up in August this year. She has presented guest lectures and seminars at,
amongst others, the universities of Copenhagen, Aalborg, Konstanz, Indiana and Beijing.
She maintains close research ties with the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi and the Kofi
Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra. Prof Schoeman is a member
of the Advisory Board of the African Peace Network of the Social Sciences Research Council in New York, deputy chairperson of the Institute for Global Dialogue and a trustee of the Institute for Security Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of several local and international journals in the field of international relations.

Research focus:

South African foreign policy and African peace and security. Together with Dr ’Funmi Olonisakin (King’s College, London), she is responsible for the Faculty of Humanities’ research theme, ‘Peace and conflict’. She is also involved in the UP research project on Ubuntu, funded by the Templeton Foundation.

Recent publications:

2013: ‘South Africa’s foreign policy: challenges and constraints’, Welt Trends, 21, September/October (co-authored).
2013: ‘South Africa in the company of giants: the search for leadership in a transforming global order’, International Affairs, 89(1) (co-authored).
2013: Regional integration, regionalism and regionalisation in Africa; an imagined reality?’ in Candice Moore (ed), Regional integration and social cohesion: perspectives from the Developing World, Brussels: Peter Lang.
2013: ‘Foreign policy and the military: in service of reconstruction and development?’ in Theo Neethling and Heidi Hudson (eds), Post-conflict reconstruction and development in Africa: concepts, role-players, policy and practice, Cape Town: UCT Press.
2012: ‘The EU and multilateral crisis management: assessing cooperation and coordination with the UN’, Mercury e-paper, (co-authored)
2012: ‘Multilateralism in practice: an exploration of international involvement in solving the crisis in Darfur’, Mercury e-paper,
2012: ‘The UN and regional organisations: finding a balance between the UN and the African Union’ (co-authored) in De Lombaerde, P., F Baert and T Felicio (eds), The United Nations and the Regions: Third World Report on Regional Integration, Dordrecht: Springer, pp167-172.
2011: ‘Of BRICS and mortar: the growing relations between Africa and the global South’ in International Spectator, 46 (1) March 2011 pp33-51.
2011: ‘Political economy’ in Venter, A. and C Landsberg (eds). Government and Politics in the New South Africa (4th ed). Pretoria: Van Schaiks.
2010: ‘South African Female Peacekeepers: an exploration of their experiences in the DRC’ in Daniel, J, P Naidoo, D Pillay and R Southall (eds), New South African Review: Development or Decline?. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
2010: ‘South African Female Peacekeepers on Mission in Africa: Progress, Challenges and Policy Options for Increased Participation’, Policy Notes 2010/1, Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute.


  • –present
    Professor of International Relations and Deputy Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria


  • 1997 
    University of Wales (Aberystwyth), PhD International Politics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Professor of International Relations and Deputy Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation