Saima Nakuti Ashipala is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Studies Group (ISG). She was awarded a PhD in Africa Studies from the University of the Free State for her thesis: International Diplomacy and Big Business in Namibia: the Case of the Rössing Uranium Mine. The study presents a detailed account of the strategies that were adopted by big business in response to political change in Namibia. Her research focuses on diplomatic, mining and labour history in southern Africa.

Ashipala Saima Nakuti, 'Technical and Vocational Education and the Place of Indigenous Labour in the Mining Industry of Namibia, 1970-1990', Journal of Southern African Studies, 47, 1, (2021) 127-142.

Ashipala, Saima Nakuti, 'Sovereignty over diamond resources: (Re)-negotiating colonial contracts in Southern Africa' in Cultural Sovereignty beyond the Modern State: Space, Objects and Media, edited by Gregor Feindt, Bernhard Gissibl and Johannes Paulmann, (Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg) 2021, 65-86.

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