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Sikanyiso Masuku

Research Fellow at The Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs (TM-School), University of South Africa

Sikanyiso Masuku graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Sikanyiso Masuku has worked as a development and humanitarian practitioner for both regional and international Non-Governmental Organisations. Dr Masuku also teaches both undergraduate and post-graduate classes with a general interest in areas such as social development and welfare, poverty/inequality, social theory and development economics.

A published author in international, peer reviewed journals and monographs, Dr. Masuku has particular research interests in social protection, the politics of belonging/citizenship, human mobility and migration.


  • 2023–present
    Research fellow, The Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs (TM-School)
  • 2019–2022
    Research fellow, University of Cape Town


    University of KwaZulu Natal, Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies


  • 2023
    African Studies, Foreigners in the South African Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis
  • 2023
    International Journal of Political Economy, A Tale of a Rentier Social Contract and Diminishing Economic Rents: Multinationalism and Resource-Seeking Capital in Contemporary Africa
  • 2022
    Peace Studies for Sustainable Development in Africa, The AU's Constitutive Act: Contextual Threats and Its Implementation in Modern-Day Africa
  • 2021
    Cogent Social Sciences, Mainstreaming youth policy in Zimbabwe–what role for rural youth?
  • 2021
    Work and Migration, Human capital development and skilled immigrants labour market experiences in South Africa: An overview
  • 2021
    Cogent Social Sciences, Policy making and governance structures in Zimbabwe: examining their efficacy as a conduit to equitable participation (inclusion) and social justice for rural youths
  • 2020
    The Oriental Anthropologist, Challenges to Refugees’ Socioeconomic Inclusion: A Lens Through the Experiences of Congolese Refugees in South Africa
  • 2020
    South African Journal of Science, A case study of government and civil societies’ collaboration and challenges in securing the rights of Congolese refugees living in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 2019
    African Renaissance, An indigenous knowledge-based approach to environmental conservation in Zimbabwe
  • 2018
    Journal of African Union Studies, Patterns of the refugee cycle in Africa: a hazardous cycle with no end in sight?