School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Shauna Mottiar


Director: Centre for Civil Society


Development Studies


Contact Number



Howard College Campus

Office Address

A729, Level 7, Shepstone Building


  • 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.

Degrees Held

  • 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 research projects include: (1) Social Movements, Social Protest and Local Participation in South Africa; (2) African Philanthropy in Crisis and Non Crisis Periods; (3) A Shrinking Space for Civil Society in South Africa



  • Mottiar, S and Ngcoya, M (eds). (2016). Philanthropy in South Africa: Horizontality, ubuntu and social justice, Cape Town: HSRC Press
  • 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.
  • Shawa, B and Mottiar, S. 2020. South African Non-Governmental Development Organisations – organising and coordinating for development effectiveness: A case study of KwaZulu-Natal. African Renaissance, 17(3), 2020, 229-257.
  • Mottiar, S and Dubula, V. 2020. Shifting consciousness and challenging power: Women activists and the provision of HIV/AIDS services. Law Democracy & Development, Vol 24, 2020, 158-176.
  • Mottiar, S and Lodge, T. 2020. ‘Living inside the movement’: The Right2Know campaign, South Africa. Transformation, 102, 2020, 95-120.
  • Mottiar, S. 2019. Everyday forms of resistance and claim making in Durban South Africa. Journal of Political Power, 12(2), 276-292.
  • Bond, P and Mottiar, S. 2018. Terrains of Civil and Uncivil Society in Post-Apartheid Durban. Urban Forum:
  • 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
  • Bond, P. and Mottiar, S. (2013) Social protest in South Africa. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 31, 2, April. p. 283-302.
  • Mottiar, S. 2013. From ‘popcorn’ to ‘occupy’: Protest in Durban, South Africa. Development and Change, 44(3), 603-619.
  • Mottiar, S and Bond, P. (2012). Discontent and social protest in Durban. Politikon, 39(3), 1-23. URL:
  • 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. (2014) Philanthropy and resource governance: Linking business practice with giving practice in the resource extractive industries. Research Paper, Southern Africa Trust, Philanthropy and Resource Governance Study.
  • 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