Research Fellows

We are pleased to cooperate in our centre with non-residential research fellows, in particular from Africa. Please find below their short biography.  

Ms Mandira Bagwandeen, Ph.D.

Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance in Cape Town (South Africa)

China-Africa relations, Africa’s regional integration, infrastructure development, digital-governance, geo-economics and geo-politics of natural resources

Mandira holds a master’s degree in International Relations and a Ph.D in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has experience working with think tanks, local and international corporate companies, and lecturing at universities in South Africa. Mandira is a Senior Research Fellow at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at UCT, where she focuses on Africa's regional integration and industrialisation and China-Africa relations. She also lectures international relations courses at UCT's Political Studies Department. Mandira is also affiliated with several organizations: She is a Research Associate at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Foundation for Strategic Research) in France, a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the US, a Research Associate at the African Centre for the Study of the United States in South Africa, a Research Fellow at the Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations in Ghana, and a Research Contributor for the Nanyang Technical University-Singapore Business Federation (NTU-SBF) Centre for African Studies. Mandira has produced commentary for various local and international media outlets and written several articles on China-Africa issues.


Mr Jaouad Mohamed Malzi, Ph.D.

Mohamed V University in Rabat (Morocco)

Energy security and energy policy in Africa, environmental and climate change, economic development of Africa

Jaouad holds a master’s degree in energy economics from Paris Dauphine University (France) and PhD in applied economics from Mohamed V University (Morocco). Jaouad is a young research and professor in economics. His research interests include modeling energy markets, environmental and climate change analysis, energy policy in Africa and economic development of Africa. He has published in journals such as Resources Policy, Materials Science Forum and International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy. He has also contributed to monographs like Natural gas: new perspectives and future development. Jaouad is also scientific reviewer for international journals.

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Mr Ousama Bziker, Ph.D. candidate

Tofail University in Kenitra (Morocco)

Migration Movements, Transnationalism, Identity Politics, EU-Africa relations, Morocco

Ousama holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Literature, Arts, and Languages (FLLA) at the same university. His research interests include the flow of migrants from Morocco towards Europe, transnational diasporic linkages, identity politics, and EU-Africa relations. He focuses on the North African region, more specifically on Morocco. He has published in Journals such as International Journal of Arts and Humanities Studies and International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation.

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Mr Abdel Moughit Jazouli

University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne in Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic)

Institutional Economics, Culture and Economics, Economic History

Abdel holds B.A. degree in Economics and Management from Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra (Morocco) and M.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a specialization in Austrian Economics from CEVRO Institute in Prague (Czech Republic). Currently he continues as a PhD candidate in Applied Economics and Public Policy at the University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne in Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic). Abdel is interested in institutional economics and in particular, how culture shapes the economic system. As a Moroccan native, he focuses on Arab cultures and economies.