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Stephan van Wyk

Stephan van Wyk

PhD Student, Faculty of History

Robinson College


I am in the first year of doing a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Gareth Austin and Saul Dubow. Prior to joining Cambridge I completed a M.Soc.Sci. degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and graduated cum laude.

The work for my PhD is on Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa, during the 1960s and 1970s. In particular I focus on the relationship between the beneficiaries of the apartheid system, the state and the market.

Although the work for my PhD is centred on Pretoria as the political and administrative capital of apartheid South Africa, I am more widely interested in planned cities - including Abuja and Brasilia.

I hold a National Research Foundation-FirstRand Foundation Sabbatical Doctoral Grant.


Lecturer in Anthropology, University of South Africa. On sabbatical.

  • Created the first fully online module in anthropology in South Africa in 2016, called Anthropology in an African Context.
  • Was involved involved in recurriculating the anthropology honours programming between 2016 and 2017, shifting the degree towards a student-centred model emphasising the autonomy and taking advantage of student's own abilities.


  • International History
  • Economic, Social History

Key Publications

Sharp, J. and Van Wyk, S. 2015. 'Beyond the Market: White Workers in Pretoria', in Hart, Economy for and Against Democracy, New York: Berghahn Books. 

Other Publications

Laterza, V. and Van Wyk, S. 2016. How did the main parties do in the 2016 municipal elections? ANC, DA and EFF in numbers, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, accessed 4 February 2018, <>.

Van Wyk, J.S. 2014. Buying into Kleinfontein: The Financial Implications of Afrikaner Self-Determination. M.Soc.Sci. Dissertation, Social Anthropology, University of Pretoria, accessed 4 February 2018, <>