Dr Tim George Balne Hart

DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2721
EMAIL: thart@hsrc.ac.za

Tim Hart is a senior research manager in the Democratic, Capable and Ethical State research division. He holds an MPhil in Social Science Methods (2004) and a PhD in Social Anthropology (2020), both from Stellenbosch University. He specialises in research methodology, policy and cultural diversity in relation to community development with a focus on developing urban areas and rural development. He has strong interests in the sociology of science, land reform, inclusive methodologies and the roles of different actors and actants in development implementation networks. Other strong interests include innovation, indigenous knowledge, disability research, gender in development and food and nutrition security and food systems.

Experience and special projects: Tim was formerly a senior research manager and senior programme manager in the Economic Performance and Development programme of the HSRC, positions he held from 2004 and 2014, respectively, until April 2020 when he joined DCES. He has managed several research projects on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Agricultural development, Land reform and Innovation in rural districts. He is co-manager with the Institute of Development Studies (UK) of a EPSRC funded project on the experiences and perceptions of persons with disabilities in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown. Tim co-led the HSRC/Commark Trust South African household food security status study during 2008 and 2009 which resulted in a special edition of Agrekon, of which he was a guest editor. He has looked at technology uptake in rural areas (2010 ? 2011) and gender and innovation in the agricultural sector (2010). More recently he co-managed two land reform assessment projects in 2017 and the assessment of South Africa?s housing policy on enabling access to the city for the poor (2019).

Before joining the HSRC, Tim spent four and a half years working for the Agricultural Research Council as a rural sociologist and project evaluation facilitator. Prior to this he was the director of an NGO focusing on entrepreneurship development in rural areas. Since 1992 he has worked extensively in rural and peri-urban areas and informal settlements, mediating his role from development worker to researcher, with a range of local community members including former political prisoners and detainees, farmworkers, farmers, community leadership and residents. He occasionally guest lectured on community development, project management and participatory research methods to undergraduates and post-graduates at Stellenbosch University in 1999 and 2005. He was also an external examiner for postgraduates undertaking a course in Agrarian Studies at University of the Western Cape in 2009.

In 2007 he was requested by the then International Social Sciences Council to coordinate and contribute to a Discussion Paper for the Commission on Sustainable Development on the role and relevance of the social sciences in sustainable development. From 2004 to 2010 he was a member of the HSRC Equity and Skills Committee. His work from 2010 until present has included fieldwork supervision of various South African and International Honours, Masters and Doctoral Students. From 2015 until present - Member of the Industry and Scientific Advisory Council for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research collaborative project with ARC on grass-fed beef products. He currently serves as a member of the HSRC Research Ethics Committee, since April 2020. During the past decade he has mainly conducted his research in the area of land reform and rural innovation practices and their contributions to local economic and social development.

Publications: Tim has published 32 scientific peer reviewed articles in both local and international academic journals, 44 research reports and 23 book chapters and policy briefs. He has co-authored and co-edited the following books: Shirin Motala, Stewart Ngandu and Tim Hart (Editors). 2020. Social Security Review, Evolution of Social Security in South Africa: An Agenda for Action. Johannesburg: Blackmoon Press. (In Press); Wenhold, F., Annandale, J., Faber, M. and Hart, T (Eds). 2012. Water Use and Nutrient Content of Crop and Animal Food Products for Improved Household Food Security: A Scoping Study. Pretoria: Water Research Commission. Aliber, M., Baiphethi, M., de Satge, R., Denison, J. Hart, T. Jacobs, P. van Averbeke, W et al. 2010. Strategies to support South African smallholders as a contribution to government?s second economy strategy. Volume 1: Situation analysis, fieldwork findings and main conclusions. Understanding the Role and Value of Subsistence Farming. Research Report no. 41. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies. Hart, T. 2008. Demystifying participatory research and its role in development. Occasional Paper No. 21. Stellenbosch: University of Stellenbosch. Hart, T. and Vorster, H.J. 2007. African Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Agricultural Production. Pretoria: Department of Science and Technology Hart, T. and Vorster, H.J. 2006. Indigenous Knowledge on the South African Landscape: Potentials for Agricultural Development. URED Occasional Paper (1). Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Tim has presented papers and posters at local and international conferences. Outside of South Africa he has done research in Uganda, Philippines and Ethiopia. He is also regular reviewer for Africanus the Journal of Development Studies, the South African Journal of Agricultural Extension, Anthropology Southern Africa, World Development, South African Journal of Science, Agriculture and Human Values, Agrekon, Agenda and Environmental Development


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