Savo Heleta

Researcher and Educator in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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I work at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. My research and teaching interests range from post-war reconstruction, development and peace-building; higher education in post-war settings; social justice advocacy and activism; decolonization of knowledge; to higher education internationalization.

I've published peer-reviewed papers in African Security Review, Transformation in Higher Education, Journal of Studies in International Education, Africa Insight, Journal for Development and Leadership, Commonwealth Youth and Development, and book chapters (here, here and here). I've presented my research at numerous international conferences. I've also successfully supervised over twenty Masters students since 2012.

I've written in The Conversation, Africa is a Country, Mail & Guardian, Daily Maverick, University World News, Pambazuka News and other publications.

I've worked on post-war rebuilding and youth leadership development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2002) and capacity building and leadership development in South Sudan (2009-2013).

Survivor of the Bosnian war, I'm the author of ‘Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia’ (AMACOM Books, 2008).

I hold a DPhil in Development Studies and MPhil in Conflict Transformation and Management (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and BA in History and Business Management (St. John's University, Minnesota, United States).

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  • Work
    • Nelson Mandela University
  • Education
    • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
    • Saint Johns University