Associate Professor in Public Law, University of Cape Town

Richard Calland has for 20 years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, Calland heads its Democratic Governance & Rights Unit. Calland is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), working as a member of faculty on a range of customised leadership and strategy programmes for amongst others the World Bank, PWC, the African Development Bank, Nedbank, Namdeb, Network Rail and Tata, and is now leading its Africa Initiative, which is focused on investment choices in sustainable infrastructure. He is also the co-director of the African Climate Finance Hub and the governance advisor to the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), an international initiative directed towards information disclosure in large public infrastructure projects. Amongst other corporate clients, he is a long-time retained consultant to Massmart, Africa’s largest retailer that was recently acquired by Walmart, advising on issues of politics, sustainability and governance, as well as providing regular political risk briefings to the investor clients of UBS, Ernst & Young and Citi, and has recently established a new advisory organisation – The Paternoster Group: African Political Insight. His most recent book, The Zuma Years, was published in 2013. Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law for seven years at the London Bar.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Public Law, University of Cape Town


  • 2006
    Anatomy of South Africa: Who Holds the Power?, Zebra Press