Research areas

  • Economics, Politics Chinese development finance Coxian approach to IR International Development Studies The Chinese presence in Africa The Democratic Republic of Congo The power of the IMF

Research and education information

I defended my dissertation "When Chinese development finance met the IMF's public debt norm in DR Congo" on the 15th April 2016. The dissertation can be downloaded here: 

If you are interested in my field work based analysis of the Sicomines agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the role of the IMF in relation to that agreement, I recommend you to read the following parts of my dissertation:

Chapter 5 (sections 1 and 4)

Chapter 6 (in its entirety)

Chapter 7 (in its entirety)



I have been conducting empirically grounded research on the Chinese presence in African countries since I completed my studies in 2008 (MA Peace and Conflict Studies, Umeå University, Sweden; BA Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Between 2007 and 2009, I held researcher positions at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. During this period, I conducted field work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Uganda, and completed shorter research visits to China and Cameroon. In my capacity at the Centre for Chinese Studies I authored and edited a variety of publications on the Chinese presence in Africa, and gave numerous talks on the subject.


In 2010, I started my doctoral research as a PhD candidate in International Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark. My PhD thesis deploys a Coxian framework and explores whether and how the Sicomines agreement, a Chinese commercial development finance offer, impacted on the IMF's power to set norms in terms of public debt management in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have conducted a total of five months of field research for the dissertation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa and Lubumbashi), conducting around 150 interviews with Chinese, Congolese and Western stakeholders.


I am committed to engaging with media, policy makers and the public around my work. I am interested in providing commentary on the Chinese presence in the various aspects of African social and economic life in English and French (fluent) and in Swedish (mother tongue).


All my publications and press cuttings are listed below. My CV can be found here


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