Mr Tim Hart

DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2721

Mr Tim Hart is a senior research manager in the Economic Performance and Development research programme. He is a social anthropologist and holds an MPhil in social science methods from Stellenbosch University.

Before joining the HSRC in July 2004, he was a senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Infruitec-Nietvoorbij in Stellenbosch. At the ARC he led a number of evaluation and feasibility studies, notably several focusing on smallholder farmer support. He was also involved in an investigation into the role of indigenous knowledge in the production of traditional vegetables in eight parishes in Uganda. Mr Hart is a member of the international network PROLINNOVA (Promoting Local Innovation in Ecologically-oriented Agriculture and Natural Resource Management).

His areas of research interest include indigenous knowledge and its contribution to sustainable development, with special emphasis on its use in agriculture amongst smallholder farmers and as a means to improve food security amongst rural communities, participatory research methods and their application (use and abuse) within development programmes, participatory programme evaluation, and the conceptualisation and design of agricultural development projects.

Mr Hart's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of many conference presentations and popular, semi-scientific and scientific journal articles. He is a member of a number of South African professional organisations. He serves as a reviewer of various scholarly journals.