Academic research

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Peer-reviewed journal articles

Heleta, S. & Mzileni, P. (2024). Bibliometric coloniality in South Africa: Critical review of the indexes of accredited journals. Education As Change, Vol. 28.

Heleta, S. & Chasi, S. (2024). Curriculum decolonization and internationalization: A critical perspective from South Africa. Journal of International Students, 14(2).

Heleta, S. & Jithoo, D. (2023). Differing priorities: International research collaboration trends of South African universities, 2012-2021. Perspectives in Education, 41(4).

Heleta, S. & Jithoo, D. (2023). International research collaboration between South Africa and rest of the world: An analysis of 2012-2021 trendsTransformation in Higher Education, 8(0), a246.

Heleta, S. & Chasi, S. (2023). Rethinking and redefining internationalisation of higher education in South Africa using a decolonial lens. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 45(3).

Chasi, S. & Heleta, S. (2023). Towards more sustainable, equitable and just internationalisation practices: The case of internationalisation conferences. Journal of Studies in International Education, 27(4).

Heleta, S. (2023). Critical review of the Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa. Journal of Studies in International Education, 27(5).

Heleta, S. & Bagus, T. (2021). Sustainable Development Goals and higher education in low-income countries: Leaving many behind. Higher Education, 81(1).

Strohmeier, C. & Heleta, S. (2020). Improving the contribution of foreign voluntourists in South Africa: the importance of training and supervision. The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 16(1).

Heleta, S. (2018). Decolonizing knowledge in South Africa: Dismantling the ‘pedagogy of big lies.’ Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, 40(2).

Jooste, N. & Heleta, S. (2017). Global citizenship versus globally competent graduates: A critical view from the South. Journal of Studies in International Education, 21(1).  

Heleta, S. (2016). Decolonising higher education: Dismantling epistemic violence and Eurocentrism in South Africa. Transformation in Higher Education, 1(1).

Heleta, S. (2016). Securitising humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa: A critical review of South Africa’s new defence policy. African Security Review, 25(1). 

Heleta, S. (2015). Higher education in post-conflict societies: Settings, challenges and priorities. Handbook Internationalisation of European Higher Education. Issue 1 (2015). Stuttgart: Raabe Verlag.

Heleta, S. (2014). Internally driven post-war reconstruction and development: The case of Somaliland. Africa Insight, 44(3). 

Heleta, S. (2013). Building leadership capacity for post-war recovery: The case of South Sudan. Journal for Development and Leadership, 2(1). 

Snodgrass, L. & Heleta, S. (2009). Teachers’ experiences of conflict and violence in township schools: A case study of Walmer-Gqebera, South Africa. Commonwealth Youth and Development, 7(2).

Book chapters

Heleta, S. (2024). The ‘quest for relevance’: Reconceptualizing and redefining internationalisation of higher education in South Africa. In Yu, C. & Woldegiorgis, E.T. (eds.) Critical reflections on the internationalisation of higher education in the Global South. Emerald Publishing.

Heleta, S. & Phiri, S. (2023). ‘Dem European teachings in my African school’: Unpacking coloniality and Eurocentric hegemony in African education through Burna Boy’s ‘Monsters you made’. In Andrews, N. & Khalema, E. (eds.) Decolonizing African Studies pedagogies: Knowledge production, epistemic imperialism and Black agency. Palgrave Macmillan.

Heleta, S. (2023). Long road to decolonization in neoliberal and Eurocentric South African higher education. In Maringe, F. (ed.) Colonization and epistemic injustice in higher education: Precursors to decolonization. Routledge.

Heleta, S. (2022). Eurocentrism, racism and academic freedom in South Africa. In Watermeyer, R., Raaper, R. and Olssen, M. (eds.) Handbook on academic freedom. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Heleta, S. (2021). Coloniality, knowledge production and the racialized socio-economic inequality in South Africa. In Ruprecht Fadem, M.E. and O'Sullivan, M. (eds.) The economics of empire: Genealogies of capital and the colonial encounter. Routledge.

Heleta, S. (2018). Higher education in post-conflict settings. In Teixeira, P. N. and Shin, J. (eds.) Encyclopedia of international higher education systems and institutions. Springer. 

Heleta, S., Fatyela, A. & Nkala, T. (2018). Disrupting coloniality: Student-led resistance to the oppressive status-quo in South Africa. In Millican, J. (ed.), Universities and conflict: The role of higher education in peacebuilding and resistance. Routledge.

Heleta, S. & Deardorff, D. K. (2017). The role of higher education institutions in developing intercultural competence in peace-building in the aftermath of violent conflict. In Deardorff, D. K. and Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A. (eds.) Intercultural competence in higher education: International approaches, assessment and application. Routledge.

Heleta, S. (2017). Higher education and its international dimensions in post-conflict settings. In De Wit, H., Gacel-Ávila, J., Jones, E. and Jooste, N. (eds) The globalization of internationalization: Emerging voices and perspectives. Routledge.