The Nordic Africa Institute

Henning Melber

Senior Research Associate


Director emeritus and Extraordinary Professor Henning Melber has published over 40 monographs and (co-)edited volumes, as well as some 500 journal articles and book chapters, mainly on Namibia and Southern Africa, global governance and African policy issues, international civil society, racism, and the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld. His special focus is on liberation movements as governments in Southern Africa and the limits to liberation.

Henning Melber studied Political Sciences and Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin (1972-1977). He obtained a PhD in Political Sciences in 1980 and a Habilitation (venia legend: Development Studies) in 1992 at the University of Bremen.

He was Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kassel (1982-1992), Director of The Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek (1992-2000), Research Director at The Nordic Africa Institute (2000-2006) and Executive Director of The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (2006-2012), where he remains employed as a Senior Advisor since then.

He is Extraordinary Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria since 2011 and Professor Extraordinary at the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein since 2013.

He was the Swedish member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) for more than ten years.

Henning is co-editor of the Africa Yearbook External link, opens in new window., managing co-editor of Africa Spectrum External link, opens in new window. and editor-in-chief of the Strategic Review for Southern Africa External link, opens in new window..