UJ Institute for the Future of Knowledge

Research Groups

The IFK focuses on five themes, each championed by a research group: Data Science Across Disciplines, The Future of Health, Green Futures, The Future of Diplomacy, and Metaphysics and Machines.

The Future of Diplomacy

Head: Dr Oluwaseun Tella

The Future of Diplomacy research group seeks to promote the understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft in contemporary international politics. The group aims to support research in modern diplomatic practice by redefining diplomacy in contemporary and futuristic contexts in an increasingly complex and globalised world.   

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Our People

Jabulani Sibande

Intern

Jabulani Sibande is a Youth Employment Service (YES) Intern at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge. He holds a bachelors degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and an honours degree in African Studies from the University of Johannesburg. His honours project was on the Democratic Development State Model in African States focusing on Rwanda and South Africa. Mr Sibande is interested in the African debate on political economy and development, as well as policy-making processes on the continent.

Jabulani Sibande

Intern

Samuel Okunade

Research Associate

Dr Samuel Okunade is borders and migration specialist most especially in the areas of human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Africa. He is also interested in the nexus between social and ethnic cleavages in border communities, and economic integration and social cohesion in Africa. He has participated in the European Union-funded project on irregular migration in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has published several articles in reputable journals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education and master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a PhD in Conflict Transformation from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Samuel Okunade

Research Associate

Wilson Muna

Research Associate

Dr Wilson Muna is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Policy and Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He specialises in public policy analysis, international relations, peace and security, and public management. In his wide range of publications, Dr Muna focuses on African development, especially in the areas of policy learning and integration.

Wilson Muna

Research Associate

Lukong Shulika

Research Associate

Dr Lukong Shulika is Research Integrity Officer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Durban University of Technology. She holds a master’s and doctoral degree in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Dr Shulika’s research interests and publications revolve around African conflict and cooperation dynamics; conflict analysis and management; post-conflict peacebuilding, reconstruction and development; women, gender and the politics of representation in Africa; and governance and political transformation in Africa.

Lukong Shulika

Research Associate

Anthony Kaziboni

Head of Research

Dr Anthony Kaziboni is Head of Research at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He researches hydropolitics, migration and social inequalities. He is the Regional Representative for South Africa for the International Sociological Association's (ISA) Clinical Sociology Research Group. In 2018 he received the prestigious Outstanding Early Career Award in Clinical Sociology by the ISA's Clinical Sociology Research Committee in Toronto, Canada. He has [co]authored publications in accredited journals and books as well as newspaper articles.

Anthony Kaziboni

Head of Research

Oluwaseun Tella

Head of the Future of Diplomacy

Dr Oluwaseun Tella is the Head of the Future of Diplomacy at the University of Johannesburg’s Institute for the Future of Knowledge in South Africa. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has authored a book entitled Africa’s Soft Power: Philosophies, Political Values, Foreign Policies and Cultural Exports (Routledge, 2021); edited three books entitled Nigeria-South Africa Relations and Regional Hegemonic Competence (Springer, 2019), From Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers: Transforming Humanities Curricula in South Africa, Africa and African-American Studies (Jacana, 2020), and A Sleeping Giant? Nigeria’s Domestic and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Springer, 2021); and published over 30 mostly single-authored book chapters and journal articles in Politikon, Social Dynamics, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Black Studies and elsewhere. His research interests include soft power, international relations, peace and conflict studies, African politics and knowledge production in Africa. Email: otella@uj.ac.za.

Oluwaseun Tella

Head of the Future of Diplomacy

Jabulani Sibande

Intern

Jabulani Sibande is a Youth Employment Service (YES) Intern at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge. He holds a bachelors degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and an honours degree in African Studies from the University of Johannesburg. His honours project was on the Democratic Development State Model in African States focusing on Rwanda and South Africa. Mr Sibande is interested in the African debate on political economy and development, as well as policy-making processes on the continent.

Jabulani Sibande

Intern

Samuel Okunade

Research Associate

Dr Samuel Okunade is borders and migration specialist most especially in the areas of human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Africa. He is also interested in the nexus between social and ethnic cleavages in border communities, and economic integration and social cohesion in Africa. He has participated in the European Union-funded project on irregular migration in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has published several articles in reputable journals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education and master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a PhD in Conflict Transformation from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Samuel Okunade

Research Associate

Wilson Muna

Research Associate

Dr Wilson Muna is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Policy and Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He specialises in public policy analysis, international relations, peace and security, and public management. In his wide range of publications, Dr Muna focuses on African development, especially in the areas of policy learning and integration.

Wilson Muna

Research Associate

Lukong Shulika

Research Associate

Dr Lukong Shulika is Research Integrity Officer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Durban University of Technology. She holds a master’s and doctoral degree in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Dr Shulika’s research interests and publications revolve around African conflict and cooperation dynamics; conflict analysis and management; post-conflict peacebuilding, reconstruction and development; women, gender and the politics of representation in Africa; and governance and political transformation in Africa.

Lukong Shulika

Research Associate

Anthony Kaziboni

Head of Research

Dr Anthony Kaziboni is Head of Research at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He researches hydropolitics, migration and social inequalities. He is the Regional Representative for South Africa for the International Sociological Association's (ISA) Clinical Sociology Research Group. In 2018 he received the prestigious Outstanding Early Career Award in Clinical Sociology by the ISA's Clinical Sociology Research Committee in Toronto, Canada. He has [co]authored publications in accredited journals and books as well as newspaper articles.

Anthony Kaziboni

Head of Research

Oluwaseun Tella

Head of the Future of Diplomacy

Dr Oluwaseun Tella is the Head of the Future of Diplomacy at the University of Johannesburg’s Institute for the Future of Knowledge in South Africa. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has authored a book entitled Africa’s Soft Power: Philosophies, Political Values, Foreign Policies and Cultural Exports (Routledge, 2021); edited three books entitled Nigeria-South Africa Relations and Regional Hegemonic Competence (Springer, 2019), From Ivory Towers to Ebony Towers: Transforming Humanities Curricula in South Africa, Africa and African-American Studies (Jacana, 2020), and A Sleeping Giant? Nigeria’s Domestic and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Springer, 2021); and published over 30 mostly single-authored book chapters and journal articles in Politikon, Social Dynamics, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Black Studies and elsewhere. His research interests include soft power, international relations, peace and conflict studies, African politics and knowledge production in Africa. Email: otella@uj.ac.za.

Oluwaseun Tella

Head of the Future of Diplomacy

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