Economic Performance and Development

eThekwini to host a symposium in support of Radical City Transformation

The 5th annual eThekwini-Academic Research Symposium will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) from the 1st to 2ndof June 2017.

Multimillion rand grant for land use and needs assessment study

Government wants rural land users to adopt fit-for-purpose land use practices. This requires, for example, that the best farmland be used - with care - for crop and livestock farming into the distant future. A recent law, the Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act (2015), sets out the rules for ideal land uses. How many rural land users are following the prescripts of this law? Policymakers find it hard to answer this question without accurate knowledge about actual land uses in rural municipalities. Policy-relevant evidence is needed to fill this information gap.

EPD Research Director Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grant

Peter Jacobs has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Fulbright Grant for research scholars. The grant allows him to consolidate more than a decade of his studies on land reform into a book manuscript. For the six months of the Fulbright fellowship, which begins at the end of January 2017, he will be based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to complete his new book project.

Launching publication entitled "Locating African Voices and Worldviews within the Academy"

29 September 2016  | Economic Performance and Development

EPD Researchers attend Launch of eZiko siPheka siSophula Indigenous Knowledge systems Anthology.

Survey to help grow and develop tourism


We are conducting a survey of education and training providers operating in the tourism, hospitality and conservation sectors to understand what the role and contribution of this stakeholder group to skills development to ensure that workers in the sector are appropriately skilled.

SA's new urban agenda: Transformation or compensation?

One of the dilemmas at the heart of the new urban agenda globally is whether population
growth should be accommodated by extensive or intensive urban development. Both
approaches have gained support in South Africa in recent years, albeit in different parts of
government. The paper provides a critical and constructive assessment of what lies behind
these contrasting agendas. It considers the positive and negative features of mega-projects and
urban consolidation, with an emphasis on their implications for urban efficiency and social
justice. It concludes by stressing the need to reconcile these policies in order to avoid wasteful
duplication and damage.

Allocating farmland to rural women - new insights

Land reform in South Africa intends to redress racial imbalances with regard to ownership and access to land. On the surface, the various strategy documents also talk to transferring land to black women, the youth and the disabled. Tim Hart, Margaret Chandia and Peter Jacobs reason that some interesting patterns are emerging with respect to gender relations and land ownership driven by land reform.

Dr Peter Jacobs rated by the NRF

Dr Peter Jacobs of the Economic Performance and Development Research Programme (EPD), has received a C1 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

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