Head of the Politics Programme, University of Otago, New Zealand; Professor Extraordinaire, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, NZ
Philip Nel received a DPhil from Stellenbosch University and lectured in the Department of Political Science until 2002. He was Ian Taylor’s PhD supervisor. He moved to the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2003, where he teaches on Global Political Economy, and Ethics and International Relations. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and has acted as visiting professor in Japan and as DAAD visiting professor in Germany.
This commemorative piece reviews Ian Taylor’s Stellenbosch experience and the lasting influence it has had on his own work, and that of many of his colleagues. It also considers ways in which this influence can be deepened by shifting the focus from macro to micro determinants of the persistence of inequality and deprivation in Africa – issues that deeply troubled Ian throughout his life.