Dr Savo Heleta works at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His research and teaching interests range from post-war reconstruction, development and peace-building; higher education in post-war settings; social justice advocacy and activism; international migration; decolonization of knowledge; to higher education internationalization.

Savo has worked on post-war rebuilding and youth leadership development projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2002) and capacity building and leadership development in South Sudan (2009-2013).

He has published peer-reviewed papers in African Security ReviewTransformation in Higher EducationJournal of Studies in International EducationAfrica InsightJournal for Development and LeadershipCommonwealth Youth and Development, and three chapters in books published by Routledge (herehere and here). Savo has also written in The ConversationAfrica is a CountryMail & GuardianDaily MaverickUniversity World News, Pambazuka News and other publications. Survivor of the Bosnian war, he is the author of ‘Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia’ (AMACOM Books, 2008).

Savo has developed and taught courses in conflict management, negotiation, mediation, transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa, post-conflict reconstruction and global studies. He has successfully supervised over twenty Masters students since 2012. He has also presented his research at numerous international conferences. Savo is currently engaged in a number of multidisciplinary collaborative research projects with South African and international researchers.

Savo holds a DPhil in Development Studies (with the focus on post-war reconstruction and development) and MPhil in Conflict Transformation and Management from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa and BA in History and Business Management from St. John's University, Minnesota, United States.



Although Adeline Squires is a qualified town and regional planner with a master’s degree (MT&RP), she has been working in the research and planning field for almost three decades. She works primarily with government and more frequently her work involves projects and research in the social science, public health, and water sectors.

Her recent work has included the provision of demographic, social, economic, institutional, and financial data to engineers and health planners for the use in government infrastructure project planning.  Her experience includes the preparation and conducting of health service transformation plans, health needs assessments, hospital business cases, water services feasibility studies, water and sanitation project assessments, and socio-economic studies.

Adeline’s quantitative research and data analysis skills are used to collect, process and analyse data using a variety of tools to create databases and models.  She is familiar with Statistics South Africa’s SuperWEB2 and Nesstar, the South Africa Department of Health’s DHIS and ETR.net, and where necessary, draws on other third-party data to supplement available data.  Examples of her work includes socio-economic research for the study on water resource development options to supply Botswana with water from the Lesotho Highlands; the preparation of models of water tariffs for the refurbishment of the Vaal Gamagara water scheme; and analysing Kathu’s water consumption from water meter data.

Her other skills include managing projects, using participatory approaches, needs assessments, strategic plans, business plans, project and programme evaluations, feasibility studies, social impact assessments, primary socio-economic research, contingent valuation studies and risk assessments.  Currently she is providing quality assurance and staff mentoring to the Northern Cape Department of Social Development’s research unit.