Dr Hammerstad was at SAIIA from 2003 to 2005, where she headed the Institute’s SADC Security Integration project. She also led SAIIA’s participation in the African Human Security Initiative. She is now a lecturer at the University of Kent and an Economic and Social Research Council Fellow, in addition to being a Research Associate at SAIIA.
During her two-week stay at SAIIA she will be conducting research on the interface between migration and foreign policy in South Africa’s approach to the past decade’s influx of Zimbabweans fleeing the crisis in their country. The aim of this research project is to investigate the challenges faced by South Africa as the world’s number one asylum destination. Of particular interest is the question of how the domestic challenges of coping with large levels of mixed flows of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants from Zimbabwe has affected – if at all – South Africa’s foreign policy in the southern African region.
SAIIA bid farewell to Eva Strickmann, a PhD candidate at King’s College in London. She spent the last two months at SAIIA undertaking research on EU-AU cooperation in peacekeeping on the continent. We would like to wish Eva all the success in her future endeavours as she returns to Europe to complete her studies, and we hope to continue working with her in the future.