School of Social and Political Science

Dr Tim Zajontz

Job Title

Research Fellow

Tim Zajontz


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:

For a full list of publications and other research output, please refer to Tim's Pure profile.

Research interests

Research interests

International Relations, Global political economy, sub-Saharan Africa, China-Africa, infrastructure, transport corridors, spatial political economy, state theory, regionalism, Marxism, critical realism, public debt

Publications by user content

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Zajontz T, Taylor I. Capitalism and Africa's (infra)structural dependency: A story of spatial fixes and accumulation by dispossession. In Oritsejafor EO, Cooper AD, editors, Africa and the Global System of Capital Accumulation. 1 ed. Abingdon: Routledge. 2021
Carmody P, Taylor I, Zajontz T. China’s spatial fix and ‘debt diplomacy’ in Africa: Constraining belt or road to economic transformation? Canadian Journal of African Studies. 2021 Feb 8.
Zajontz T. The Chinese infrastructural fix in Africa: Lessons from the Sino-Zambian ‘road bonanza’. Oxford Development Studies. 2020 Dec 21.
Taylor I, Zajontz T. In a fix: Africa’s place in the Belt and Road Initiative and the reproduction of dependency. South African Journal of International Affairs. 2020;27(3):277-295.
Zajontz T. ‘Fixing’ Africa’s infrastructure: But at what price? Problematising Chinese infrastructure development in Africa. The SAASUM Review. 2019 Mar 5;5(1).
Zajontz T. “Fixing” Africa’s infrastructure: But at what price? 2019.
Zajontz T. Vom Freiheits- zum Überlebenskampf: Die TAZARA auf der Suche nach der Erfolgsspur. Afrika Süd. 2018 Jan 31;47(1):29-31.
Zajontz T. From the freedom struggle to a fight for economic survival: The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). The SAASUM Review. 2017 Nov 26;3(1).
Zajontz T. The demise of the post-apartheid consensus and South Africa’s search for leadership. The SAASUM Review. 2017 Jan 31;1(1).
Zajontz T, Leysens A. Regionalism revised: A critical-reflectivist framework for engaging the changing nature of developing regionalisms in Africa. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Science. 2015 Dec;42(3):299-323.
Zajontz T, Leysens A. Civil society in Southern Africa – Transformers from below? Journal of Southern African Studies. 2015 Aug;41(4):887-904.