Jana Hönke

Jana Hönke is a Professor of Sociology of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She currently directs the ERC INFRAGLOB project Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities, and is Associate Editor of Security Dialogue. Her current work examines how political geographies transform through South-South relations by studying the contested security arrangements related to multinational companies and transport infrastructures in contexts of fragility.


Raoul Bunskoek - Infraglob

Raoul Bunskoek

Raoul Bunskoek is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bayreuth. Within the INFRAGLOB project he deals with the question how Brazilian and Chinese actors think about –or, (re)imagine – social safeguards in financial lending for large-scale economic projects in Africa.



Eric Cezne

Eric Cezne is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Groningen, and a researcher within INFRAGLOB– where he is responsible for the project’s Mozambique-Brazil component.



Mykola Makhortykh

Before moving to Bern, Mykola completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a postdoctoral research in Data Science at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.



Jan Sändig

Jan Sändig is a postdoctoral researcher in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bayreuth. Within INFRAGLOB he examines how local communities and situational publics across the Global South contest large-scale investment in mining and ports in Guinea and Kenya.

Mia Yang photo for bigsas website

Mia Yang

Mia Yifan Yang is a PhD candidate promoted by Chair of Sociology for Africa at Bayreuth University and a research associate within the INFRAGLOB project, where she is responsible for the China-Africa component.



Zhiying Mao

Zhiying works as a student assistant for the INFRAGLOB project. She is currently a master student major in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a focus on Chinese-Namibian exchange. Her current research interest is on the entanglement and impingement of Chinese merchants in Namibian local context and how it leads to partial transformation of ownership of traditional material and fragmentary cultural appropriation. In the INFRAGLOB project, she supports the Chinese- English research context.


Katja Sugg

Katja works as a student assistant for the INFRAGLOB project. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Bayreuth. Now she studies Development Studies with a focus on advanced international economy.


John Heathershaw

John Heathershaw is a Professor at the University of Exeter and an advisor of the project, especially in regard to research ethics.