Christopher Isike, PhD is a Professor of African Politics, African Development and International Relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a current Vice President (2018 – 2020) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).
An Africanist scholar by research standpoint, Prof Isike teaches Strategic and Security Studies and Security Theory. His research interests include African soft power politics, African democracy and development dynamics, the quality of women’s political representation in Africa, women and peace-building in Africa, African masculinities, African immigration to South Africa, Human Security, Human Factor development in Africa and South African Higher Education studies. As a C rated researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prof Isike has over 50 publications in top national and international peer-reviewed journals including chapters in books published by reputable publishing houses such as Palgrave McMillan and Cambridge Scholars. He is the current Editor of Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation, an IBSS accredited journal, and Assistant Editor of Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals such as the International Political Science Abstracts. In 2008, Prof Isike alongside his doctoral supervisor at UKZN, Prof Ufo Uzodike founded the Forum for Constructive African Scholarship (FCAS), a research think-tank committed to producing knowledge by Africans for Africa. To this end, in 2009, FCAS established Affrika: Journal of politics, Economics and Society which was accredited by IBSS in 2017.
Prof Isike has consulted for the UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government on gender equality and women empowerment issues in the province. In recognition of his work on gender equality in Africa, he was selected by the South African government to be part of a KwaZulu-Natal government delegation to Ethiopia on a study tour to explore its social transformation model in ending early childhood/forced marriages in 2013. Prof Isike is currently working on two edited book projects on African immigration and African soft power profile, potentials and challenges, including an authored book on the evolution of women’s political representation in Africa funded by the NRF.