Simone Claar

Simone Claar (1983) is a PHD candidate and a research associate at the Department of Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She studied Political Science, Economic Geography and Peace and Conflict Studies at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany and University of Stellenbosch and received her Diploma in 2007. Her PhD research is geared towards analysing contemporary class relations and particularly focuses on the field of trade policy in South Africa.

In addition, since 2011 Simone along with colleagues at Goethe University have been jointly carrying out a German National Science Foundation funded research project entitled ‚A BICS Variety of Capitalism’ (Link:  Simone has also had several field and working research stays in South Africa during the last 5 years. In 2009 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Civil Society in Durban, in 2010/11 she was based as a research intern at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Pretoria with a DAAD short-time fellowship and in 2013 the Human Economy Program at the University of Pretoria hosted her as a visiting research associate.

Simone has taught extensively and her lectures at Goethe University have included courses on Introduction to International, Political Economy, Political Economy of South Africa, Trade and Development in International Political Economy, Deep Integration in the North-South relations and African Political Economies. In her research she focus on materialist state theory, capitalism, International Political Economy in particular trade and development, BICS as well as on the political economy of South(ern) Africa.

Parallel to academia, Simone worked for a member of provincial parliament and she is a board member of the Assoziation für kritische Gesellschaftsforschung (AkG).


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Simone Claar | Research Associate | Goethe-University | Campus Westend - PEG | Department of Political Science| FB 03 Social Science | Grüneburgplatz 1 | HPF 20 | 60323 Frankfurt am Main/Germany | Phone: +49 69 798 36504 | E-Mail: |

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