Ms Bianca Naude
Political Studies and Governance
Political Studies and Governance
Qwaqwa Campus
058 718 5435
Mendi Building

Short CV

 Field of specialisation
International relations and foreign policy
 Current roles
 Lecturer, Political Studies and Governance
  Co-investigator: CERUCO (NRF funded)
  Co-organiser: PolHisSoc
  Vice-chair: Qwaqwa Gender Forum Committee
 Education and Training
 Mar 2016 - Dec 2018
PhD Politics, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
 Thesis: "State personhood and world politics: A personology of South Africa as state-person"
 Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Trilingual Master of Advanced European and International Affairs (Summa cum laude), Centre international de formation europeenne (Nice, France)
 Thesis: "Reflections on the problem of reality in international relations - a three-level analysis of South African foreign policy making" (Published)
 Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Policy Officer in European and International Organisations/Charge de mission en organisations europeennes et internationales (Nice, France)
 Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
Master of Social Science (Political sociology), University of Lyon II (Lyon, France)
 Thesis: "Ce qui a survecu le temps - analyse multidisciplinaire de la politique etrangere sud-africaine"
 Jan 2010 - Apr 2012
Bachelor of Arts (International politics and philosophy), University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
 Honours and Awards 
 2018Best Emerging Researcher Award (Humanities)
 2017UFS Excellence in Teaching and Learning Research Award 
 2016UFS Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards: Student engagement techniques
 2016Shortlisted: Turn It In Global Innovation Awards
 2014DAAD Scholarship
 2013IEHEI Foundation Master`s Scholarship
 2012French Government Master`s Scholarship
 Services to the scholarly community
 Peer-reviewer: International Studies Perspectives (Oxford Journals)
 Peer-reviewer: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Common Ground Publishing)
 Professional memberships
 International Studies Association
 International Political Science Association
 South African Association of Political Studies
 Association for Political Theory


(Forthcoming 2019) "Regionalism as resistance: South Africa`s utopia of Souths", in E. Feron, J. Kakkonen & G. Rachad (eds.) Regional Challenges to Multilateralism. Berlin & Toronto: Barbara Budrich.

(2018) "Beyond the Lecture Hall: Skills-building for first year political science students from a rural South African university campus", International Studies Perspectives 19:235-249 (http://dx/doi/org/10.1093/isp/ekx014).

(2017) "States have emotions too: An affect-centered approach to South African Foreign Relations", South African Journal of International Affairs 23(4):475-493 (

(2016) "Reflections on a continent torn between yesterday and tomorrow - Review of Poplak and Bloom, Continental Shift, 2016", Historia 60(2):144-146.

(2014) Reflections on the problem of reality in International Relations: A three-level analysis of South African Foreign Policy Making, Published Master`s Thesis, Nice: European Institute.

Publications (Short List)


Conference papers: 

(2018) "Regionalism as resistance? South Africa`s utopia of Souths", Paper presented at the Regional Challenges to Multilateralism conference, Tampere, FI (14 September)

(2018) "Foreign relationships as a means to an end: A processual-relationalist approach to South African foreign relations", Paper presented at the 2018 CEAPS-OSIPP conference, Bloemfontein, ZA (12 February)

(2017) "The Nelson Mandela Factor: South Africa as reparative-charismatic leader of the Global South", Paper presented at the 2017 UFS-Ossaka-CEAPS conference, Bloemfontein, ZA (13 February)

(2016) "States have emotions too: South African Foreign Policy as product of collective affect", Paper presented at the 70th annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association, New Paltz, USA (22 April)

(2016) "Singing the same old tune: The politics of identity and the quest for a decolonised South African Foreign Policy", Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the South African Association of Political Studies, Cape Town, ZA (30 August)

Area(s) of Interest

  • International theory;
  • Diplomacy and international negotiations;
  • Subjectivity in the conduct of international politics;
  • Philosophy;
  • Psychoanalytic theory;
  • Quantum theory in the social sciences.

Courses Presented

  • POLS 1514: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 1524: Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLS 2634: Cooperative Governance and Electoral Politics
  • POLS 3714: Conflict and Security Studies
  • POLS 3724: Political Theory and Ideologies
  • POLS 3744: International Political Economy
  • SOCR 6808: Social Science Research

Community Service

Co-investigator: Community Engagement in Rural Contexts - A relational leadership approach (NRF funded)

Project title: “Measuring phenomenologies of empowerment for sustainable development in rural contexts: A Q-methodological approach”

Employing a relational leadership approach, supported by a Q-rotation of factors to measure the phenomenological experiences of the research sample, this project aims to determine whether the implementation of a political literacy project in Phuthaditjhaba high schools contributes to fostering feelings of empowerment within the population, and stands in dialogue with literature on political-economic empowerment for sustainable development - a theme of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Project leader: Dr Dipane Hlalele (Faculty of Education)

Co-investigators: Prof Aliza le Roux (Department of Zoology); Dr Jared McDonald (Department of History)

Collaborators: Mr Albert Schoeman (Department of Political Studies and Governance); Mr Grey Magaiza (Department of Sociology/Community Development)

Service Learning


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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