Daniel Tate

BCom BSocSc(Hons)

Research Topic:

Regional Powers & Energy Integration: South Africa in the Southern African Power Pool
International Relations Network
University College
MPhil International Relations

Daniel is a South African student currently reading for the MPhil in International Relations, and is conducting research into the political economy of regional energy integration in Southern Africa. He is supervised by Professor Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, and conducted research assistance for Professor Karolina Milewicz. Daniel holds two degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT), namely an Honour’s degree in International Relations (with distinction) and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) (top student in the degree). During these two degrees, his research focused largely on conflict and peacekeeping in Africa. For his Master’s here at Oxford, however, he has turned his focus towards regional energy integration in Southern Africa. Through an international political economy lens, Daniel is investigating the political motivations behind South Africa’s participation in the Southern African Power Pool, given the state's regional power status in Southern Africa.

A Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Daniel has served extensively in leadership positions concurrently with his studies. At Oxford, he is the Postgraduate Divisional Representative to the Social Sciences Division, founding Secretary of the Postgraduate Consultation Group (PGCG), and Course Representative for his degree. At UCT, he held multiple roles, ultimately sitting on the Students’ Representative Council, and received multiple awards for his efforts, including building UCT’s largest student-run entrepreneurship competition (“The Pitch”). Daniel worked with the One South Africa Movement during the organisation’s preparations for the 2021 Local Government Elections in South Africa. He worked underneath the leader of the movement, Mmusi Maimane, who was Leader of the Opposition in South Africa from 2015 to 2019.

Departmental Committee Representation:

  • IR Graduate Studies Committee

  • IR Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (Chair)

  • DPIR Sub-Faculty Committee

Social Sciences Division Committee Representation:

  • Divisional Board

  • Divisional Graduate Studies Committee

  • Divisional Quality Assurance Committee

  • Divisional Equity, Diversity, & Inclusivity Panel

  • Divisional Library Committee (CLiPS)

  • Social Sciences Library Committee (CLiPS)

  • Divisional Postgraduate Student Representative Board (Chair)