Dr Elsje Fourie (E.E.)
I am a development sociologist interested in how/why countries emulate each other, particularly as part of international development assistance (ODA) and as an expression of broader societal visions of modernity and modernization. I am also interested more broadly in how development aid has changed with the rise of 'new' and non-Western donors and development partners.
I have been conducting research and teaching in the field of globalisation and development studies at UM since September 2013. My prior research primarily focused on the emulation of East Asian developmental trajectories by Ethiopian and Kenyan elites. My ongoing research seeks to further explore this process of "South-South learning" through the use of a transnational and multi-sited methodology and through the use of modernity as a theoretical lens.
I also have training in human rights fieldwork and professional experience in the management of development projects, monitoring/evaluation, capacity-building and peacebuilding in inter alia Indonesia, Northern Ireland and Japan.
I am fluent in English and Afrikaans. I have a working knowledge of German, French and Dutch and a basic knowledge of Japanese.
Professional career history
- Fellow of the Japan Foundation (2019)
- PhD (with Distinction) in 2013 at the School of International Studies in the University of Trento (Italy).
- MA (with Distinction) in Peace Studies (2004) and an MPhil in Conflict Resolution (2005) from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK). Both were completed thanks to the generous help of a Rotary World Peace Fellowship.
- BA Hons in international Relations (2002) and a BA (with Distinction) in Political Science (2001) from the University of Pretoria (South Africa).
- I have been a visiting researcher at the Universities of Kent, Bath, Addis Ababa and Nairobi, as well the Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.
- Assistant Professor of Globalisation and Development Studies
- Member of Globalisation, Development and Transnationalism (GDT) research group
- Member of the 'Europe and a Globalising World" Programme Committee
- Member of the Development Committee of the new inter-faculty BA Global Studies