Senior Research Associate
Tim Murithi is Head of Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, based in Cape Town and Extraordinary Professor of African Studies, at the Centre for African Studies (CAS), University of the Free State, South Africa. He has over 23 years of experience in the fields of peace, security, international justice, governance and development.
Professor Tim Murithi is a Senior Research Associate with the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and Head of the Justice and Peacebuilding Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, in Cape Town. He is also Extraordinary Professor of African Studies, at the Centre for African Studies (CAS), University of the Free State, South Africa.
He has over 23 years of experience in the fields of peace, security, international justice, governance and development.
He has held previous posts including: Claude Ake Visiting Professor at NAI-Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University; Senior Research Fellow, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, United Kingdom; Head of the Peace and Security Council Report Programme, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), University of Cape Town; Programme Officer, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva. He has served as an Adviser/Consultant to the African Union, UNDP, UK DFID, and German GiZ. He is a Member of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa Technical Committee (tanaforum.org). He is also a Board Member and Senior Associate, Centre for Mediation (CMA), University of Pretoria, and a Research Fellow with the African Gender Institute (AGI), University of Cape Town. From 1995, he taught at the Department for International Relations, Keele University, England, where he also obtained his PhD in International Relations, in 1999.
He is on the International Advisory Boards of: Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, African Journal of Conflict Resolution (ACCORD) and the African Peace and Conflict Journal (UPEACE), Journal of African Union Studies, and Peacebuilding. He has authored over 80 journal articles, book chapters and policy papers. He is author and editor of 9 books including: as author The Ethics of Peacebuilding (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and The African Union: Pan-Africanism, Peacebuilding and Development (Ashgate, 2005); as co-author: The African Peace and Security Architecture: A Handbook (FES, 2014); as editor: Routledge Handbook of Africa’s International Relations (Routledge, 2014); The Politics of Transitional Justice in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (Jacana, 2016); Towards a Union Government of Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (ISS, 2008); as co-editor: The African Union Peace and Security Council: An Appraisal (ISS, 2011); Zimbabwe in Transition: A View from Within (Jacana, 2011); The African Union and its Institutions (Jacana, 2008). He is General Editor of the Routledge/Europa Series on Perspectives in Transitional Justice.