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CURRICULUM VITAE: Prof. Thomas Mandrup

Position:           Associate Professor and consultant, Specialist in African Politics and Governance, Security Governance, Gender and Defence Policy
Date of birth:     18 April 1972, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Languages:        Danish (Native), English (Professional), French (intermediate), Scandinavian (Professional)


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  • Committed performance-driven professional with >10 years’ research and project experience in  security  governance

and management.

  • Published >15 scientific pieces in the field of security governance, state-building, gender and peace-missions.
    • Solid project experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects related to peace operations, state-building (including gender), and foreign and security policy.
    • Extensive fieldwork experience in Africa managing international research, educational and evaluation assignments.



2020 – Report on the Nexus between Climate Change and Security in Africa, UNDP and African Union.

2020 – Mid-Term Review of the High Level Mediation Training Program, Norway, UP-CMA and DIRCO

2020 – Effectiveness of Peace Missions Network fieldwork in Darfur, drafting a report on UNAMID

2019 – End of project evaluation of Norwegian Core Support for ACCORD

2018/19 – ISS/AU – Effect of Terrorism on AMISOM, fieldwork and drafting of report

2018- Research leader for ISS on an AU commissioned consultancy on Threats from Violent Extremism in Somalia

2018- Editor of Accredited Journal: Scientia Militaria – South African Journal of Military Studies

2018 – Part of the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute (NUPI) led research project Effectiveness of Peace Missions – co-drafter of the DR Congo Study and the overarching research framework.

2016-2018: Work Package leader on African section of IECEU Horizon 2020 study on the EU ESDP programme and security engagements in Africa.

2016- Extraordinary Associate Professor, University of Stellenbosch.

2014-: Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Defence College.

2007-2014: Assistant Professor at the Royal Danish Defence College.

2003-2010: Lecturer (part time), at Centre for African Studies, Copenhagen University.

2005-2007: Analyst on Africa, Danish Defence Intelligence Service

2003-2005: PhD Candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies.

2002: Analyst on Africa, Danish Defence Intelligence Service.

2001: PhD Candidate: Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI – was later merged into DIIS).


Other experiences:

2008: Consultancy report on South African foreign and security policy for Chatham House, commissioned by DFID and the DOD

2014- External examiner at various Danish and South African Universities.

2016: Consultancy report on South African and Kenyan Peace Keeping experiences commissioned by the French MOD

2017- Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen

2016-17: Commissioned studies for the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

2019: End of project evaluation of the Accord core funding project,

Consultancy for the Norwegian government.

2019-20: Perception study for the SA military Ombud Institution

2020 – Consultancy for ISS/TFP and the AU – AMISOM beyond 2021


External grants (major):

2009-: Danish MOD Africa for Peace Programme for five biannual conferences and related activities from 2009-2017 – total budget 2.9 Mil. Dkr.

2016-19: Seminar series and policy publications on South African foreign and security policy, commissioned by the Danish Embassy in Pretoria, total budget 500.000 dkr.

2016-18: Work package leader on IUCEU EU Horizon 2020 study, RDDC share of the study 1.8 mil. Dkr.

2019-21: Danish MFA Stabilization Fund, 1.1 mil Dkr. for participation in EPON network and fieldtrips.



2007: Ph.D. from Institute for Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2001: M.Sc. in Public Administration and History, Roskilde University, Denmark

2000: MA in African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Supervision and external examination experiences                                                                                                                                                     

2001- Supervised more 70 MA level thesis at the Royal Danish Defence College, University of Copenhagen and Stellenbosch University

2012 – Supervised one PhD to completion (University of Southern Denmark- War Studies), and currently supervising two PhD dissertations – Stellenbosch University

2007 – External examiner at the Danish Universities – all levels from BA-MA level

2014 – External examiner at UCT, UWC, Wits (Business School), UJ, UP and Uni. of Namibia.

2015- External examiner on two PhD dissertations

2001 – Have lectured at and designed post-grad courses every year.


SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS: PEER-REVIEWED (Selected)                                                                                                                                                            

Vast experience as consultant, journal editor and reviewer.


Mandrup, Thomas. The Military of the New South Africa: From a tool of destabilisation and oppression to a tool of peace and peace making?;  1 Dec. 2020 I.B. Tauris. 300 p. (Forthcoming)


Mandrup, Thomas. Being Robust, but not rapid – the tail of the Force Intervention Brigade in the DRC; Chapter for book on Rapid Reaction Force concepts, Routledge Jan 2019 Karlsrud and Reykes (Eds)

Thomas Mandrup (2019), Regional Integration by Military Means: The Case of the East African Standby Force, Chapter 6, Pages 93-111, In Refugees and Forced Migration in the Horn and Eastern Africa: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, Editors: Schmidt, Johannes Dragsbaek, Kimathi, Leah, Owiso, Michael Omondi (Eds.), Springer, Link to book:


Thomas Mandrup, Dr Adriana Erthal Abdenur,  Aron Pangburn, and Dr Alexandra Novosseloff, (2019), Assessing the of the United Nations Mission in the DRC / MONUC – MONUSCO, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)/EPON, 134 pages,

Mandrup, Thomas. An uncertain future: South Africa’s national defence force caught between foreign-policy ambitions and domestic development; Published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies, Issue 1. January 2018


Mandrup, Thomas. Reforming the “Bras Tendus”: the transformation of the Congolese National Police from 2004-2016; 2018 In : African Security Review.36 p. Published September 2018


The African Standby Force – Quo Vadis

Mandrup, T. & Vrey, F. (Eds) 1 Oct 2017 250 p. Sun Media


Conclusion Report on EU crisis management engagements in Africa

H2020 project: IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of the Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention ( 60 p. 15 June 2017


Discussion Report on EU crisis management engagements in Africa

H2020 project:  IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of the Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention ( 50 p. 1 May 2017


Case study report on EU crisis management engagements in Africa

H2020 project: IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of the Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention ( 290 p., 15 March 2017


Review of EU Conflict Management in DRC

Mandrup, T.25 Nov 2016, 68 p. 100, IEUEU Horizon 2020 project


Towards Good Order at Sea: African Experiences

Mandrup, T. & Vreÿ, F. 1 Apr 2015 Sun Media, Stellenbosch University Press. 280 p.


BRICS and Coexistence: An Alternative Vision of World Order

Odgaard, L. (ed.), Mandrup, T. (ed.) & de Coning, C. (ed.) 2014 Routledge. 300 p.


On Military Culture: Theory, Practice and African Armed Forces

Mandrup, T. (ed.), EsterHuyse, A. (ed.) & Vrëy, F. (ed.) 1 Oct 2013 Cape Town University Press. 380 p.

Denmark: How not if to Outsource Military Services

Mandrup, T. 22 Feb 2013 Commercialising Security in Europe: Political Consequences for Peace Operations. Leander, A. (ed.). Routledge, Ch. 3, p. 37-57 228 p. (PRIO New Security Studies).

Privatisation of security: The concept, its history and its contemporary application

Mandrup, T. (ed.) Oct 2012 Copenhagen: Forsvarsakademiets Forlag, 187 p. (FAK Conference Proceedings).

On Strategy: Strategic Theory and Contemporary African Armed Conflict, Mandrup, T. (ed.) 1 Dec 2010 Stellenbosch: Sun Media, Stellenbosch University Press. 225 p.

Peace diplomacy: The South African National Defence Force in Burundi

Mandrup, T. 2009 African Security Governance: Emerging Issues. Cawthra, G. (ed.).



1. Prof. Francois Very, SIGLA, Stellenbosch University email:

2. Prof. David Anderson, Warwick University, email.

3. Dr. Cedric de Coning, NUPI, email.

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