Dr. Sven Grimm

Department: Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation

Function: Senior Researcher / Extraordinary Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University

Specialization: Political Scientist

Work areas:
  • Rising Powers, Emerging Economies
  • International Cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa
  • China-Africa relations
  • South Africa's international relations
  • Editor-in-chief of "African East-Asian Affairs"


since 2015German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher
since 2015Stellenbosch University
Extraordinary Associate Professor, Political Sciences
2010-2014Stellenbosch University
Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies
2007-2010German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher
2005-2006German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London
Research fellow, working on governance in Africa at DIE
and EU-developing country relations at ODI
2003-2005Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London
Research fellow in ODI's International Economic Development Group, working on EU-developing country relations
2003Hamburg University
Dissertation: Dr phil, thesis on 'The Africa policy of the European Union
1999-2003Hamburg College of Europe
Lecturer, working group on political sciences, post-graduate studies of "Master of European Studies", teaching on the EU's political system
1999-2002Hamburg University
Department of Political Sciences
Research officer in Comparative Politics
1996-1997Universität Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
Academic year
1994-1995Universität von Ghana, Legon/Accra
Academic year
1993-1999Hamburg University
M.A. Political Science, Contemporary history, Journalism

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



E-mail Sven.Grimm@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)228 94927-162
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130



Journal "African East-Asian Affairs"

The journal is electronically published by Stellenbosch university and is accredited as a peer reviewed journal by the South African Department for Higher Education and Training. For submissions, please check instructions on the journal's website or contact the editorial team under aeaa@remove-this.sun.ac.za

In the media

Logo: China Africa Project

What to Expect at this Year’s Mega China-Africa Summit
A China in Africa Podcast

Sven Grimm / Eric Olander / Cobus van Staden
The China Africa Project, 3 November 2015


South Africa’s middle power ambitions: riding the dragon or being its pet?

J. Van der Westhuizen / Sven Grimm (2014)

in: Bruce Gilley / Andrew O'Neil (eds), Middle powers and the rise of China, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Univ. Pr., 171-191


Journal for Contemporary China

China-Africa cooperation: promises, practice and prospects

Grimm, Sven (2014)

in: Journal for Contemporary China 23 (90), 993-1011