School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Shauna Mottiar

Shauna Mottiar

Associate Professor

Leadership Director: Centre for Civil Society

Discipline Development Studies

Contact Number 031-260-2940

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address A729, Level 7, Shepstone Building

Last Updated 11 months ago


  • 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) Shrinking Spaces of Civil Society in South Africa? National Research Foundation (NRF) funded. Activism, Policy & Transformation. A collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE) UK comprising five country case studies: South Africa, Armenia, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt. (2) Social Movements, Social Protest and Local Participation in South Africa; (3) African Philanthropy in Crisis and Non Crisis Periods; (4) A Shrinking Space for Civil Society in South Africa