Adelia Jansen van Rensburg
Focus Area: 
International Trade, SACU
Postdoctoral research fellow


Adelia Jansen van Rensburg is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the TRADE research focus area. She served as a diplomat for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia from 2010 to 2016 where she held the position of Trade Negotiations Coordinator. Her main responsibilities were helping to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of SACU's existing trade agreements and contributing to the negotiation of new arrangements. A key focus area in her work was the formulation of SACU’s economic and trade policy positions and mandates. She has written various papers in support of effective trade policy development and implementation in SACU and her research findings have been presented at a local, regional and international level.

Dr Jansen van Rensburg has a great deal of knowledge about the rules and technical aspects of trade, and regional economic integration experiences in different parts of the world. Her particular research interests include the fast-changing global trade environment, how trade policies can be optimised to suit different countries’ and regions’ circumstances, and the ideological tension between the multilateral trade policy approach advocated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the bilateral, regional and continental trade policy approaches evidenced in preferential trading arrangements.

She obtained her PhD in International Trade at the North-West University in 2009 and is a PhD scholarship holder. Since embarking on her Postdoctoral studies at the university, she has also been a part-time member of the School of Economics’ academic and research team and has facilitated and lectured various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

You can contact Adeila on telephone number +27 18 285 2656 or send an email to 11798661@nwu.ac.za