Professor, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland)
Research Interests: China-Africa relations, South Africa
Bio: Ian Taylor is a professor in International Relations and African Politics at University of St Andrews, and also chair professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. He is also professor extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, an honorary professor at the Institute of African Studies, China, and a visiting scholar at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. Focusing largely on sub-Saharan Africa, he has authored eight academic books, edited another eleven, and published over seventy peer-reviewed scholarly articles, over eighty chapters in books, and numerous working papers, reports, etc. Taylor holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch and an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2004, Taylor taught African Politics and various international relations and development subjects for four years at the University of Botswana. Before entering academia, he worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, based in Hong Kong, on the Vietnamese “Boat People” issue. He has conducted research in and/or visited 39 African countries and has been working on China-Africa relations since 1995.