Christopher Vandome

Senior Research Fellow, Africa Programme

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Christopher Vandome is a senior 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 and continental peace and security, environmental issues and extractive industries. He has written several multi-author and single-author peer-reviewed book chapters, reports, articles and papers.

He has extensive experience project managing research on African political economy issues, including coordinating inclusive multi-stakeholder research processes, conducting extensive field work, and organizing international events and conferences as well as events with senior international political figures.

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

In 2017-2018 Christopher undertook a secondment with a major global mining firm to support the development of their Africa strategy.

Christopher has a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town and is currently a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.