Paul Bischoff

Name: Paul Bischoff 
Phone: + 27 (0) 603 8353

BA (Wits), MA (Lancaster), PhD (Manchester)


Professor Paul-Henri Bischoff graduated with a DPhil from the University of Manchester after completing degrees at the University of Lancaster and the University of the Witwatersrand. He taught at the Universities of Swaziland and Papua New Guinea before taking up his appointment at Rhodes. Apart from his research interests to do with foreign policy and international organisation, he practises as an international election observer having observed elections in the rest of Africa, Melanesia, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia since 1989.  He has served as head of department from 1999-2003 and, again, between 2007-2018. At the end of 2019, Professor Bischoff retired, but he remains actively involved as an Emeritus Professor in the department.


  • Foreign Policy Studies
  • International and Regional Organisation
  • African-China relations
  • Election Observation


  • (with Chipaike, R) (2019) Chinese Engagement of Zimbabwe and the Limits of Elite Agency. Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 54(7) 947–964.
  • Model, driver and norm entrepreneur or just another participant? The international  relations of South Africa’s National Assembly and SADC” in: K. Adar, A. Meyer and G. Finizio (eds), African Regional Integration Process: Regional, National Parliamentary  and Civil Society Dimensions (Bern, Peter Lang, 2017)
  • “African Transnationalism in China: At the interface of local, transnational,bilateral and multilateral responses.” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 52/7 (November 2017), pp.897-914
  • Paul-Henri Bischoff Kwesi Aning and Amitav Acharya (eds), Africa in Global International Relations: Emerging Approaches to Theory and Practice (Routldege, 2016)
  • How much its own and to what end? SADC and the culture of security and regional organisation in Southern Africa” in S. Aris (ed), Regional Organisations and Security: Conceptions and Practices (Routledge, 2014)

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