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NRF British Academy Chair in Political Theory

The SARChI/Newton Research Chair in Political Theory has four central purposes: a) to enable Wits and Cambridge to build on their excellence in political theory through a vigorous exchange of ideas from the perspectives of two different contexts; b) to use this collaboration to increase the prominence and promise of political theory in South Africa by transforming the discipline and using it to better understand and promote South Africa's transformation agenda; c) to manage a vibrant exchange programme for graduate students and colleagues between the two institutions (WITSPOLIS)International Students Witwatersrand/Cambridge Exchange Programme ; and d) to supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at both institutions.

Professor Lawrence Hamilton, the Chair holder, currently supervises 7 masters and 8 doctoral students at both institutions and 3 postdoctoral fellows at Wits. The Chair enables growth in the number of graduate students and research fellows researching in political theory by offering scholarships at various levels.

Prof Hamilton helps rethink political theory from and for the global South. He is the author and editor of several books including The Political Philosophy of Needs (Cambridge University Press 2003); Are South Africans Free? (Bloomsbury 2014); and Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (Cambridge University Press 2014). He is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), editor-in-chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, Life Member and Associate of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and has received more than ten awards for research excellence, including the National Research Foundation (NRF) President's Award (2007-11) and, as of 2018, an A-rating from the NRF (the first A-rated political scientist in South Africa).

Prof Lawrence Hamilton co-founded and co-directs the Association for Political Theory in Africa (APTA).