Lebohang Liepollo Pheko
Lebohang Liepollo Pheko is an activist scholar, researcher , public intellectual, development practitioner with interests in Afrikan political economy, States & nationhood, international trade & global financial governance, feminisation of poverty, regional integration and impacts of globalisation on labour migration.
Senior Research Fellow at research and policy advocacy think tank Trade Collective and has taught International Trade and developed a course on Afrikan Feminism at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute where she is a founding faculty member and Associate. She has taught as visiting faculty at several institutions beyond South Africa including Zambia, Mexico, Sweden, the US and the UK.
Pheko’s work is grounded in a race, class and feminist analysis and she is committed to grounding academic research in community struggles & contexts. She is proudly associated with a wave of unapologetic African feminism that is grounded in heterodox thinking on social transformation, reframing the State and rethinking economics. She has contributed to several books on international trade, gender and politics and social transformation and written numerous conference and academic papers in addition to popular opinion pieces and columns on regional integration, international relations, migration, public & development policy, economic citizenship, forms of nation and statehood including racism in international institutions and emerging global powers.
Her current work in on the intersection between Memory, the Political Economy and Reparation and she uses decoloniality to frame this research.