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Public & Environmental Economics Research Centre

The Public and Environment Economic Research Centre (PEERC) at the University of Johannesburg was established in the year 2017 and is dedicated to basic, applied and strategic research in environmental economics. Governments and development agencies have now recognised the key role of environmental assets for sustainable development. This increased focus to the healthy environment has clearly shifted the fiscal debates around the world to policies that promote effective incorporation of environmental concerns into development decision-making. Against this background, the University of Johannesburg with key strategic governmental and non-governmental PARTNERS have established the Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC) hosted by the  School of Economics (SOE) within the  College of Business and Economics (CBE).

With the general agreement that environment and development are no longer mutually exclusive, PEERC has the dual mission of knowledge creation and dissemination in the fields of public and environmental economics. Its RESEARCH agenda includes - but not limited to - Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations System, Public Finance, Tax Policy, Land Reform, Transport, Climate Change, Water, Energy, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Conservation, Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, waste disposal and recycling, Health Economics, Tourism Economics, Behavioural and Experimental Economics.

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Dr Johane Dikgang is Director of the Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC) in the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests lie in the area of environmental valuation, nature-based tourism, energy, water, climate change, agriculture, transport, land reform and environmental fiscal measures. Johane completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town and his undergraduate studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly University of Port Elizabeth). He took short courses at University of Catania (Italy), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Sydney (Australia) and University of Geneva (Switzerland). READ MORE...

Jugal.jpgJugal Mahabir is the Deputy Director of the Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre and a Lecturer at the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Commerce (awarded cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg. Jugal previously worked at the National Treasury and the Financial and Fiscal Commission in South Africa, where his primary focus was on local government financing issues and intergovernmental grant design. He has published on issues of the impacts of grants on sub-national behaviours, the efficiency of sub-national government expenditures and estimating revenue potential of sub-national governments. Jugal was also part of Government task teams that reviewed unconditional and conditional grant formulae in South Africa. READ MORE...