Mammo Muchie

Senior Research Associate

Professor Muchie holds a DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI4D) from the University of Sussex. He is currently a DST/NRF Research Professor of Innovation Studies at the Institute of Economics Research on Innovation (IERI), at Tshwane University of Technology. He is also a NRF rated Research Professor. He is a fellow of the South African Academy of Sciences and the African Academy of Sciences. He is currently adjunct professor at the Adama Science, Technology University, Ethiopia. He has been senior research associate at the SLPMTD programme and now has become also Senior Research Associate at the TMCD Centre of Oxford University collaborating with researchers on DILIC and the potential new research area of Africa-China industrial high-technology sectors.

He has held various positions, among which include the Director of the Research Programme on Civil Society and African Integration at the then University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, Honorary Professor at Jiaxing University in China, Assistant Professor in Amsterdam University, Visiting Professor in Carlton College, USA, Principal Lecturer at Middlesex University, Professor at Aalborg University and part–time Lecturer at Cambridge University.

He was part of the foundering members of the Globelics initiative to start the new relationship between Northern and Southern researchers by focusing research on the challenges of building African innovation systems. Thus Africa has been put first in highlighting the Globelics foundation of a new field on Innovation and Development. ( He is a scientific Board member of Globelics and the Globelics Academy.  He is the founder and Chief Editor of the African Journal on Science, Technology, Innovation and Development that has been founded in 2009. ( He is also editor of the Globelics journal of Innovation and Development. He helped to found first the African Globelics Doctoral Academy that has also been founded in 2009 ( and AfricaLics ( He is part of the founding scientific board member of the network that connects North Africa, with the Middle East and southern Europe ( Perhaps one of the most significant contributions to promote the emerging field on innovation studies in Africa was the South African research Chairs Initiative (SARChI). The first chair on innovation studies supported by the DST/NRF in South Africa was awarded to Prof. Muchie to promote doctoral and post-doctoral research in Africa. He is also a founding scientific advisor to ´the African Solar network ( He is chairman of the Network of Ethiopian scholars ( and is chief editor of the open access electronic journal The Ethiopian Electronic Journal for Research & Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF) ( He is also editor of the Globelics Journal of Innovation and Development (published by Routledge) (, and the Journal of Agriculture and Economic Development, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economics and Institutions, University of Malaysia and others.

He has been appointed as a scientific and academic advisor to the local e-Governance research that involved ten African countries on ICT4D funded by IDRC and managed by CAFRAD. He has been appointed as a consultant on UNESCO’s higher education, Research and Knowledge forum. He has served as a post doctoral mentor in the NRF national postdoctoral Forum. His abiding interest is to see Africa fully free and united by contributing through science, knowledge, research and high quality training distinguished with originality and relevance.

Professor Muchie has widely published in the areas of: international political economy, development economics of innovation and the making of African systems of innovation, and new technologies and development. Since 1985, he has produced over 365 publications, including books, chapters in books, and articles in internationally accredited journals and entries in institutional publications.

Senior Research Associate