The life and work of Professor Ian Taylor: introduction to a "special" special issue




Ian Taylor, Stellenbosch University, University of St Andrews, African Studies, China-Africa Studies, African Political Economy


This article serves as the introduction to a special issue which undertakes a modest attempt at mapping and honouring the life and work of the late Professor Ian Taylor. It sketches Ian Taylor’s personal and professional milestones and outlines some of his main scholarly contributions, before outlining the structure and content of this special issue. With this “special” special issue, we chose to place emphasis not only on Ian’s lasting scholarly legacy but also on the impact he had on his students. The special issue fosters conversation about Ian’s work among some of his former PhD students and leading scholars in the research domains Ian was involved in. We hope to trigger further debate about an inspiring and influential intellectual, scholar and educator.

Author Biography

Tim Zajontz, University of Freiburg

Tim Zajontz is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Freiburg, and Research Fellow in the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at Stellenbosch University. He earned his PhD from the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, where he worked under the supervision of the late Professor Ian Taylor on the political economy and governance of Chinese-financed infrastructure projects across Africa.