Studying at a mix of South African and American Universities , Adam Habib graduated as a political scientist having received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Kwazulu Natal , Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand , and his MPhil and PhD from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.  He has held academic appointments over the last decade at the Universities of Durban-Westville and Kwazulu-Natal and the Human Science Reseach Council. Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the Democracy and Governance Programme of the Human Science Research Council in 2004, he served as the founding director of the Centre for Civil Society and a research professor in the School of Development Studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, a position he still continues to retain in a part-time capacity.

Adam Habib has served as co-editor of both the social science academic journal Transformation and the official disciplinary journal of the South African Association of Political Science, Politkon. He also sits on the editorial boards of Voluntas and the South African Labour Bulletin. He has served as an external examiner and examined Masters and Doctoral dissertations for a number of South African Universities including Durban-Westville , Kwazulu-Natal , Witwatersrand, Cape Town , and Rhodes . He has also served on a number of boards and councils including those of the University of Durban-Westville , the Durban Institutte of Technology, the Intenational Society for Third Sector Research, Sangonet, the Centre for Public Participation, Centre for Policy Studies, and the Alternative Information Development Centre.

Adam Habib’s recent research interests include democratisation and its consolidation in South Africa , contemporary social movements, philantrophy, giving and its impact on poverty alleviation and development, institutional reform, changing identities and their evolution in the post-apartheid era, and South Africa ’s role in Africa and beyond.


 Read Professor Habib’s Article "State-Civil Society Relations in Post-Apartheid South Africa" 

Read Professor Habib’s Article "Conversation with a Nation: Race and Redress in South Africa"

 Please click here to read Professor Habib’s Bellagio Abstract


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