Researcher Profile

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

Professor Lisa Thompson
African Centre for Citizenship And Democracy (Accede)
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535

Tel: +27 21 959 3803/6


Lisa Thompson is the Director of the African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy at the School of Government where she leads research projects on democracy and development in the global South. Thompson specialises in research that examines socio-economic issues pertaining to rights in the South. Southern Africa remains a particular focus, although recent research has tended to examine developmental trends at local level within South Africa and the national and global impacts of these policies. Forms of engagement between society and the state around development and democracy are a central aspect of this research: the ways in which ordinary people engage with the state and mobilize themselves in governance structures at grassroots is a key area of focus. The impact of gendered framings of democracy and development is also a continuous focus of this work.


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