Professor Peter Vale

Professor Peter Vale

Professor and Senior Research Fellow

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Professor Peter Vale is a senior research fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, and the Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics Emeritus at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is also an honorary professor at the Africa Earth Observatory Network (AEON), of which he was a founding member. Notably, Professor Vale was the founding director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS); acting Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape; Director of Research at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA); Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, and Co-Director (with Rob Davies) of the Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape. 

He has served as UNESCO Professor of African Studies at Utrecht University, Professor of Politics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a member of the Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, and a Fellow of the World Academy for Arts and Science. He was elected as a member of the African Academy of Science in 2015.


Professor Vale’s research interests include social thought, intellectual traditions in South Africa, the future and politics of higher education, and the origins of international relations in South Africa, and he has published extensively in all these areas.

Online Publications


All of Professor Peter Vale's articles on The Conversation Africa can be found here

Professor Vale's academic publications are available on Google Scholar

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