Prof. Mokong Simon Mapadimeng

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2433

Prof Mokong S. Mapadimeng is a Research Director in the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) Division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Prof Mapadimeng assumed this position on joining the HSRC in 2019. Prof Mapadimeng's main expertise is in the areas of industrial, organisational and labour studies; culture and development; African Indigenous Knowledge Systems; agrarian studies; and qualitative research.

Prof Mapadimeng has Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Sociology) and a Master of Industrial Sociology, all obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand. He also has a PhD degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). His PhD thesis was titled Ubuntu/Botho Culture ? A Path to Improved Performance and Socio-Economic Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Beyond Rhetoric. Before joining the HSRC, Prof Mapadimeng was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Limpopo and Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwest University, Mafikeng Campus. Prior to these, he served as Research Manager at the National Arts Council of South Africa and Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is the past president of the South African Sociological Association and recent past member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association. He also served on the Board of the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa (ANFASA).

Prof Mapadimeng has published extensively in his areas of expertise. His publications appear in high impact national and international journals such Transformation and Current Sociology. He co-edited two books respectively tilted Contemporary Social Issues in Africa-Cases in Gaborone, Kampala and Durban (2010) and Handbook of the Sociology of Youth in BRICS Countries (2018). Presently he is working on a new book manuscript titled Enabling or Disabling? An Afrocentric Approach to Legal-Policy Framework on Indigenous Knowledge in South Africa. Prof Mapadimeng has led and published on research projects for the National Arts Council of South Africa and served as external peer reviewer for publications in accredited journals and books. These include the Current Sociology Monograph titled Dilemmas in Public Sociology edited by Michael Burawoy and Laleh Behbehanian (2012, SAGE); a manuscript titled Gauging the Cycles of Deviance: Capitalist Modernity, Deviance and Alterity (2013, UNISA PRESS); and a book manuscript titled LIBERATING MARGINAL VOICES: Rise of Community Radio from Consentization to Participatory Development in India (2015) by Dhanraj A. Patil.