Cori Wielenga is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences and the Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. She holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her research interest is in the intersection of formal and informal governance and justice systems during transitions. This has led to in-depth research on Rwanda’s gacaca courts, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and comparative projects on the informal justice systems in Burundi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. Findings from these projects are intended to inform emerging transitional justice policies and guidelines in Africa and further abroad.
Dr Wielenga has received numerous awards including the American Political Science Association African fellowship, the African Leadership Network fellowship, and a fellowship with the Council for the Development of Science and Research in Africa (CODESRIA). She is currently the leader of the southern African part of a continent wide Andrew W. Mellon funded project on women traditional leaders and political representation in Arica.