Christopher Vandome

Research Fellow, Africa Programme


Christopher Vandome is a research fellow with the Chatham House Africa Programme. His research focuses on the political economy and international relations of Southern Africa, as well as regional peace and security, environmental issues and extractive industries.

He has seven years of experience project managing research on African political-economy issues, including coordinating and contributing to multi-author reports, inclusive multi-stakeholder research processes, extensive field work, international events and conferences, and events with senior international political figures.

In 2017, Christopher undertook a secondment to a leading international mining company to provide support in defining the company’s Africa strategy. He presented at the 2019 Zimbabwe Europe Network Conference, the UK Government London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, and has also presented his research at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, and the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

Christopher writes and comments regularly on political issues in southern Africa including for Al Jazeera, BBC, SABC, Huffington Post, Mail and Guardian, Newsweek and the Telegraph.

Christopher previously lived in South Africa, and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town.

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