Shauna Mottiar completed both her MA and PhD in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her broad area of interest is democratic consolidation / democratic deepening in South Africa.
During her time at the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa she worked on electoral processes and outcomes in Southern Africa. While at the Centre for Policy Studies her research focus was local government in South Africa and its mandate to provide water, electricity and health (HIV/AIDS related) services. Her research at the Centre for Civil Society included an examination of the Treatment Action Campaign for the Globalization, Marginalization and New Social Movements project and the social protest study. She has also worked on research initiatives for the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes examining the role of Human Rights Commissions in conflict resolution and peace building.
She currently serves as Director for the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
PhD (University of Witwatersrand)
(1) Civil Society and Development (2) Social Policy (3) Political Economy of the Welfare State – Development Studies Masters Programme. She also supervises a number of MA and PhD Students.
Her current areas of research include: (1) social movements, social protest and local participation in South Africa; (2) variations of philanthropy in Africa – social justice and social change; (3) HIV/AIDS in Africa – connecting public administration, policy and communities..
Chapters in Books
Mottiar, S and Ngcoya, M (eds). (2016). Philanthropy in South Africa: Horizontality, ubuntu and social justice, Cape Town: HSRC Press
Chapters in Books
Lodge, T and Mottiar, S. (2017). South Africa unrest: Protest or Rebellion? A focus on Durban, in Paret, M, Runciman, C and Sinwell, L. (eds). Southern resistance in critical perspective: The politics of protest in South Africa’s contentious democracy. Routledge.
Mottiar, S and Ngcoya, M (2016). Indigenous philanthropy: Challenging Western preconceptions, in Jung, T. Phillips, S. Harrow, J. (eds). The Routledge companion to philanthropy.
Mottiar, S. (2012). Post-apartheid foundations and possibilities for social justice philanthropy. Giving: Thematic Issues on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, 2, 2011, (Bononia University Press), 9-24.
Mottiar, S. (2012). Socio-economic rights and development: HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral service delivery in South Africa. In: Ige, S. Quinlan, T (eds). African responses to HIV/AIDS: Between speech and action. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: Pietermaritzburg, 84-108.
Ndinga Muvumba, A. Mottiar, S. (2007) HIV AIDS and the African renaissance: South Africa’s achilles heel, in Adebajo, A, (ed) South Africa in Africa, Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
Friedman, S. and Mottiar, S. (2006) The TAC and politics of morality, in Ballard, R, Habib, A, Valodia, I, (eds) Voices of Protest; Social Movements in Post Apartheid South Africa, Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
Mottiar, S. (2005). The Uganda Human Rights Commission: beyond protection and promotion of human rights. in Parleviliet, M, Lamb, G, Maloka, V, (eds), National Human Rights Institutions in Africa: Defenders of Human Rights, Cape Town: Managers of Conflict, Builders of Peace, University of Cape Town.
Smith, L. Mottiar, S. White, F.(2005). Public money, private failure: testing the limits of market based solutions for water delivery in Nelspruit, in McDonald, D. Ruiters, G. (eds) The Age of Commodity: Water Privatization in South Africa, London: Cromwell Press.
Mottiar, S and Lodge, T. (2018). The role of community health workers in supporting South Africa’s HIV/AIDS treatment programme. African Journal of AIDS Research, 17(1), 54-61.
Mottiar, S and Lodge, T. (2017). The Treatment Action Campaign and the South African State, 2009-2016. Social Dynamics, 43(1), 103-117.
Mottiar, S. (2015) The Democratic Alliance and the role of opposition parties in South Africa. Journal of African Elections, 14(1), 106-123.
Lodge, T and Mottiar, S. (2015) Protest in South Africa: motives and meanings. Democratization, DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2015.1030397
Mottiar, S. (2014) Protest and participation in Durban: A focus on Cato Manor, Merebank and Wentworth. Politikon, 41(3), 2014: 371-385
Mottiar, S. Naidoo, O. Khumalo, D. (2011). Women’s organisations and the struggle for water and sanitation services in Chatsworth and Inanda, Durban: The Westcliff Flats Residents Association and the Didiyela Women’s Group.Agenda, 25, 2, 122-130.
Mottiar, S. (2010). The role of civil society in elections: The KwaZulu-Natal Democracy and Elections Forum – Reducing conflict dynamics and promoting peace. Journal of African Elections, 9(1), 110-127.
Friedman, S. Mottiar, S. (2005). A rewarding engagement? The Treatment Action Campaign and the politics of HIV/AIDS. Politics and Society, 33 (4), 511-565.
Mottiar, S. (2004) The Turnover of power in KwaZulu-Natal: A growing commitment to and engagement with the democratic process. Journal of African Elections, 3 (2).
Mottiar, S, Van Jaarsveld, S, (2009) Mediating peace in Africa: securing conflict prevention, Research Report African Union Mediation Initiative, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes. Download from ACCORD
Mottiar, S. White, F. (2003) Co-production as a form of service delivery: community policing in Alexandra Township, Research Report 101, Centre for Policy Studies.
Smith, L. Mottiar, S. White, F. (2003) Testing the limits of market based solutions to the delivery of essential services: The Nelspruit water concession, Research Report 103, Centre for Policy Studies.
Mottiar, S. George, S. (2003) Electrification of the rural poor: lessons from an interim concession. Research Report 104, Centre for Policy Studies.
Mottiar, S. (2005) Elections and the electoral system in South Africa: beyond free and fair elections, Policy Brief 39, Centre for Policy Studies.
2014. EISA Election Update South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal No 1-7
2009. EISA Election Update South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal No 1, 3, 4, 6, 8
2006. EISA Election Update South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal No 1, 2, 3
2004. EISA Election Update South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal No 1-10