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 Prof. Laurence Piper

Position: Departmental Chair: Political Studies
Department: Department of Political Studies
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: PhD (Cambridge)
Tel: 021 959 3234


 A graduate of the Universities and Natal and Cambridge, Laurence Piper is interested in informal urban life in the global south, both economic and political, and the implications for citizenship and participation in democratic politics and institutions. Within this broad frame, issues of identity and inclusion, and violence and reconciliation are recurring themes.

Laurence Piper is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape. With a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2000, he has published extensively on Zulu nationalism, the Inkatha Freedom Party and electoral politics in South Africa. His current research concerns new democratic theory and innovations, particularly new forms of participation in local governance and development in the global South Africa. Prof Piper is an NRF-rated scientist.




 A member of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS); in 2010 I won the UWC Vice Chancellor's Annual Young Researcher Award for Humanities and Social Sciences; I am a C2 rated NRF researcher; I am a long-standing editor of Theoria, the leading South-African based journal of social and political theory.

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