Tim is a post-doctoral research fellow in the project African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition (AFRIGOS), funded by the European Research Council. In this capacity, Tim researches the governance of transport corridors in southern Africa as well as China's impact on processes of 'respacing' in Africa. He is also a honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, as well as one of the coordinators of the Collaborative Research Group 'African Politics and International Relations' of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS).
Tim earned his PhD from the Univeristy of St Andrews in 2020. His PhD research was concerned with the political economy of Chinese infrastructure projects in Tanzania and Zambia. His PhD was funded by the Economic and Social Resarch Council and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
Tim has taught courses on 'The International Relations of Africa' at St Andrews and in 'Global Political Economy' at Stellenbosch. Tim has previously researched civil society regionalisation in southern Africa and has worked on the theorisation of regionalisms. Before joining academica, Tim worked in several advisory positions in German and EU politics. He is co-founder of the Germany-based not-for-profit organisation Freundeskreis Uganda e.V.
Tim currently writes a book with the working title China's spatial fix in Africa: Infrastructure, state powers and debt and co-edits a volume on Africa's Railway Renaissance.
Selected recent publications:
- Zajontz, Tim (2021, forthcoming). 'Infrastructure', in Engel, U. (ed.) Yearbook on the African Union. Leiden: Brill.
- Zajontz, Tim and Taylor, Ian (2021). ‘Capitalism and Africa’s (Infra)Structural Dependency: A Story of Spatial Fixes and Accumulation by Dispossession’, in Oritsejafor, E. and Cooper, A.D. (eds.) Africa and the Global System of Capital Accumulation. Routledge.
- Carmody, Pádraig, Taylor, Ian and Zajontz, Tim (2021). ‘China’s Spatial Fix and “Debt Diplomacy” in Africa: Constraining Belt or Road to Economic Transformation?’, Canadian Journal of African Studies, advance online publication.
- Zajontz, Tim (2020). ‘The Chinese infrastructural fix in Africa: Lessons from the Sino-Zambian “road bonanza”’, Oxford Development Studies, advance online publication.
- Taylor, Ian and Zajontz, Tim (2020). ‘In a fix: Africa’s place in the Belt and Road Initiative and the reproduction of dependency’, South African Journal of International Affairs 27(3): 277-295.
For a full list of publications and other research output, please refer to Tim's Pure profile.
International Relations, Global political economy, sub-Saharan Africa, China-Africa, infrastructure, transport corridors, spatial political economy, state theory, regionalism, Marxism, critical realism, public debt