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Dr Johane Dikgang

Dr Johane Dikgang
School of Economics Academic Staff; PEERC
Director PEERC

Contact Details
D Ring 212
+27(0)11 559 2017
Auckland Park Campus

Tertiary qualifications
2013 – PhD in Economics, University of Cape Town.
2008 - Master of Commerce in Economics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
 
Grants, Awards and Honours
2016 - 2018 – Water Research Commission.
2015 - 2017 – University of Johannesburg Emerging Researcher.
2015 - 2016 – The University Research Committee University of Johannesburg funding
2015 – Department of Higher Education and Training Research (DHET) Development Grant Funds (Academic Exchange and Mobility Programmes).
2015 – European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics Travel Grant.
2014 – The Research Council of Norway & National Research Fund grant for three years (NOK2.32 million).
2013 – European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics Travel Grant.
2011 - 2012 – Carnegie Corporation Scholarship.
2011 – Environment for Development Grant for attending the “PhD Specialization course in Valuation” at the University of Goteborg, in Sweden. 3
2010 – European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics Grant for attending the Belpasso International Summer School on “the Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Conservation” in Italy.
2008 - Second Best Masters Student, Awarded by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Economic Research Southern Africa.
2006 – National Research Fund grant.
 
Reviewing Activities
Referee for: Applied Economics; Environment, Development and Sustainability; Environmental Science and Pollution Research; Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; Resources, Conservation & Recycling; Journal of Environmental Management; South African Journal of Economics; Studies in Economics and Econometrics; Economic Research Southern Africa.
Grant application: Water Research Commission (WRC), Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative (Sweden).
Evaluation of quality of the Research Output: South African National Research Foundation (NRF).
Conference paper submission review: World Bank Land Tenure Conference (USA), BIOECON Conference (Europe), European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).
University Employment history

Main Professional Experience
2016 - Director: Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC), University of Johannesburg.
2014 - Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg.
2016 - Visiting Scholar, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2015 - Visiting Scholar, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
2015 - Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, USA.
2014 – External Moderator.
2013 – 2013 - Lecturer, University of Johannesburg.
2009 – Masters & PhD External Examiner.
2008 – 2013 - Junior Research Fellow, Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Cape Town.
2008 – 2008 - Lecturer, Department of Economics and Economic History, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
2006 – 2007 - Junior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Economic History, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
 
Other Professional Experience
2014 – 2016 - Member of Senate, University of Johannesburg.
2015 – 2016 – Member of Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (FHDC), Faculty of Financial and Economic Sciences (FEFS), University of Johannesburg.
 
Active Affiliations
Research Fellow, Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC), University of Johannesburg; Associate Research Fellow, Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Cape Town; Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative.
 
2014 – 2016 – Chairperson of the Departmental Management Committee (DMC), Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Johannesburg.
 
2015 – Chair session, Valuation of Recreational Benefits, 21st Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 23 – 27, Helsinki, Finland.
 
2013 – Chair session, Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity session, 20th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 26 – 29, Toulouse, France.
 
2007 – 2008 – Summer School Administrator, “Department of Economics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
 
Other Affiliations and Functions
2010 – 2016 - European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).
2010 – 2016 - The Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA).
2016 – Agricultural Economics Society.

Research publications
Phindile Nkosi and Johane Dikgang. 2016. “Are South African consumers arm-chair environmentalists? Implications for renewable energy”, ERSA Research Brief 94.
 
Dikgang, Johane and Edwin Muchapondwa. 2014. “The economic valuation of dryland ecosystem services in the South African Kgalagadi by the local communities
 
Dikgang, Johane and Edwin Muchapondwa. 2014. “The Economic Value of Natural Features in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park”.
 
Dikgang, Johane and Edwin Muchapondwa. 2014. “Conservation Fees in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park between Botswana and South Africa in the Presence of Land Restitution”.
 
Dikgang, Johane and Edwin Muchapondwa. 2014. “The Valuation of Biodiversity Conservation by the South African Khomani San “Bushmen” Community”.
 
 
Papers in Discussion Papers Series/ Working Paper 
Phindile Nkosi and Johane Dikgang. “Are South African consumers arm-chair environmentalists? Implications for renewable energy”, ERSA working paper 638, October 2016, South Africa. 

Johane Dikgang and Edwin Muchapondwa. “Estimation of optimal conservation fees for international park visitors in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park”, ERSA working paper 393, November 2013, South Africa. 

Submissions, First Round or More 
“Securing benefits for local communities from international visitors to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park” (joint with Edwin Muchapondwa and Jesper Stage).  
Reports 

2010. The valuation of estuary services in South Africa specifically regarding changes to estuary services as a result of reductions to fresh water inflows, Adams J, Akoto W, Chege J, Dikgang J, Du Preez M, Hay D, Hosking JG, Papadopoulos I, Huizinga P, Mckenzie M, Mlangeni M, Nyagoba D, Oliver C, Potgieter M, Sale M, Sharp GD, Van der Westhuizen H, Wasswa F, Whitfield A and Wooldridge T, 2010. in S. Hosking (ed.), Water Research Commission Report No. 1304/1/04.

Working Papers (Completed and Submitted) 
“Who cares about electricity blackouts? – Evidence from South Africa” (joint with Phindile Nkosi). 
“South African attitudes about nuclear power: The case of the nuclear energy expansion process” (joint with Phindile Nkosi). 

Working Papers (In Progress) 
“Causal relationship between Meat consumption and economic growth in SEAFO countries: Evidence from panel Granger causality test” (joint with Beatrice D. Simo-Kengne, and Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad). 

“Finding a best conservation park entry fee for Kruger National Park” (joint with Gardner Brown). 

“Finding a best conservation park entry fee for Masa-Mara Game Reserve” (joint with Gardner Brown). 

“Are the Khoisan willing to pay to preserve their cultural heritage”? 

“Consumer responses to incentives to reduce plastic bag use: evidence from a field experiment in urban South Africa”. 

“Assessment of the effectiveness of the Botswana plastic bag levy in the long-term”.

“Are carbon taxes effective in South Africa: evidence from new car sales” (joint with Mfundo Nkosi). 

“Determinants of meat consumption in South Africa and Norway” (joint with Realeboga Ngwanaeng, and Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad). 

“Analysing South African and Norwegian consumers’ meat consumption habits and the potential for information campaigns to alter behavior” (joint with Amanda Musandiwa, and Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad). 

“Information nudges towards sustainable consumption consumer valuation of production process information on meat labels in South Africa and Norway” (joint with Amanda Musandiwa, and Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad). 

“The behavioural economics of meat consumption and its effects on food security in Norway and South Africa: Consumer-level mitigation using a hybrid analysis of meat choice and behavioural change” (joint with Amanda Musandiwa, Angela Nguyen and Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad). 

“Livestock farming productivity” (joint with Hiywot Girma and Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad). 

“Cost and performance of South African water utilities: a stochastic frontier cost approach” (joint with Genius Murwirapachena and Jugal Mahabir). 

“Cost and performance of South African water utilities: a data envelopment analysis” (joint with Jugal Muhabir and Genius Murwirapachena). 

“Evaluation of water service packages using choice experiments” (joint with Genius Murwirapachena). 

“Consumer demand, affordability, welfare and sustainability under increasing block tariffs in the water sector” (joint with Akhona Mgwele and Hiywot Girma). 

“Impact of transfer payments from national government to municipalities on water tariff setting and tolerance of bad debt” (joint with Jean-Pierre Malgas and Jugal Mahabir). 

“Does marginal price matter in South Africa? A regression discontinuity approach to estimating water demand” (joint with Beatrice D. Simo-Kengne, Nicholas Ngepha, Dambala Geo and Hiywot Girma). 

“Analysis of non-liner water rate escalation across Water Pricing in South Africa” (joint with Samson Mukanjari and Rebecca Klege).
 
“Exploring Public Investment to Support Bicycling in Urban South Africa” (joint with Samson Mukanjari). 

“Estimating of residential water demand with imperfect price perception in South Africa”. 

“Measuring the economic impact of climate change on major field crop” (joint with Jeanluc Tshitaka and John Mwamba). 

“Crop choice as climate change adaptation: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa” (joint with Jeanluc Tshitaka and John Mwamba). 

“Understanding the dynamics of the human capacity constraints on local government performance” (joint with Ting Ling-Hsuan, Jugal Mahabir and Lungwelwa Dlulisa).

“Willingness to pay for improved air quality in a South African township: Case study of Soweto”. 
“Satisfaction with water and sanitation service delivery quality in South Africa”. 

“Municipal institutional and funding arrangements for efficient water provision and it’s impacts on regional economic and industrial growth and employment” (joint with Jugal Mahabir).

 
Author/co-author of books
L., Bhoola, F., Biyase, M., Dikgang, J., Essop, H., Malikane, C., May., C., Mokoka, T., Mukanjari, S., Rama, N., Serfontein, B., Theoduloz, T., and van Zyl, C.

Papers presented on national conferences
2016.
 “Local communities’ valuation of environmental amenities around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Southern Africa”. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2016.1240631

2016
“The determination of park fees in support of benefit sharing in Southern Africa”. Tourism Economics: 1-19, DOI: 10.1177/1354816616655254

2016
 “The effect of land restitution on poverty reduction among the Khomani San “bushmen” in South Africa”. South African Journal of Economics 84 (1): 63 - 80.

2016.
“The effect of land restitution on poverty reduction among the Khomani San “bushmen” in South Africa”. South African Journal of Economics 84 (1): 63 - 80.

2014.
 “The Environment for Development Initiative: lessons learned in research, academic capacity building and policy intervention to manage resources for sustainable growth”. Environment and Development Economics 19 (3): 367 – 391.

2014..
“The economic valuation of nature based tourism in the South African. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3 (3): 306 – 322Kgalagadi area and implications for the Khomani San ‘bushmen’ community”

2012.
 “The valuation of biodiversity conservation by the South African Khomani San ‘bushmen’ community”. Ecological Economics, 84: 7 – 14

2012
“Analysis of the plastic-bag levy in South Africa”. Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 66: 59 - 65

2012.
“Behavioral Response to Plastic Bag Legislation in Botswana”. South African Journal of Economics, 80 (1): 123 - 133.

2012.
Dikgang, Johane, Leiman, Anthony and Visser, Martine. Elasticity of Demand, Price and Time: Lessons from South Africa’s plastic-bag levy. Applied Economics, 44 (26): 3339 - 3342.
 

Post-graduate students
Phindile Nkosi
University of Johannesburg:
MCom – cum laude)