Dr Peter Jacobs

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7849
EMAIL: pjacobs@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Peter Jacobs is a Strategic Lead (Acting) within the IED division of the Human Sciences Research Council. He holds a PhD in Economics from Fordham University (New York) and a C1 research rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Before joining the HSRC in 2007, he was the Head of Department in Economics at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He also worked on land reform policy issues in the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at UWC. In 2015 we won the HSRC capacity development award and in 2016 received the prestigious Fulbright Research grant to complete a new book manuscript at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

His areas of research interest include: the economics of agrarian change and rural socio-economic transitions, with special emphasis on land reform and small-scale farming, social dynamics of rural innovation, agro-food systems and food and nutrition security. As an experienced principal investigator, he has successfully completed several large-scale research projects that blend different methodologies.

Dr Jacobs' publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 90 conference presentations, journal articles and book chapters on development, gender, agricultural markets, rural innovation, food and nutrition security and pro-poor budgeting. He has recently edited a special issue of the journal Development Southern Africa (DSA) on Sustainable Rural Development in South Africa.