Sareesha Pillay

Sareesha Pillay is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Management and Leadership. Sareesha holds a PhD in Public Administration from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.   She lectures both undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the Department, and supervises research students at the Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels. She is also currently the programme leader for the Bachelor of Administration Programme. Her areas of research include disability studies, Public policy and citizen inclusive development.                                            


  • Pillay, S. “Implications of Socio-economic Issues on the Practice of Co-creation and Governance in South Africa”, Administratio Publica, Volume 27, No.4.
  • Pillay, S., Taylor, D. & Govindjee, A. 2017. “International instruments affecting persons with disabilities in South Africa: Viability for promoting democratic governance and citizen rights”, Africa Insight, Volume 47, No.2.
  • Pillay, S, Taylor, D & Raga, K. 2015. “Towards an Inclusive South African State: The role of equality and human rights in promoting equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace”, African Journal of Public Affairs, Volume 8, No. 4.
  • Pillay, S. “Conceptualizing Developmental Local Government: A Framework for Effective Local Economic Development Strategy Formulation in South Africa”, Journal of African & Asian Local Government Studies, Volume 2, No. 3.


  • Pillay, S. 2017. The Role of Constitutionalism in Promoting the Democratic Rights of Persons with Disabilities in South African Public Policy in the Democratization of Africa: Dynamics and Trends. Texas: Pan African University Press.


-  Current: National Research Foundation Thuthuka Grant holder 2020

- Project: Citizen Inclusive Development within a New Public Governance framework: A South African Perspective

- current: Internal Examiner of Master’s treatises in the Department of Public Management & Leadership

- 2018 - current: Advisory Editorial Board Member: Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies

- 2014: Peer-Reviewer : Journal of Africa Institute of South Africa