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You are invited to join the Honourable Minister Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa and Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg for the launch of the Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT) study ‘Structural

Transformation in South Africa: Moving Towards a Smart, Open Economy for All’. The IDTT is hosted by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Development (CCRED) in the School of Economics, UJ College of Business and Economics, in collaboration with the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Industrial Development, at the University of Johannesburg, and supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

Date: 20 April 2018
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: Council Chambers Madibeng Building, Auckland Park, Kingsway Campus, Cnr Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park
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For further information click here: Invitation launch of the Industrial Development Think Tank’s (IDTT) study 20 April


Postdoctoral research fellowships

Deadline: 23 October 2017

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Fellows, whose research is connected to industrial development, to be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fellows will be hosted at the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development. Fellowships carry a basic salary/stipend, with funding available for travel, research costs etc. Fellows are also provided with office space and equipment, research assistance and administrative support. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second year.

Proposals are welcomed on any topics related to industrial development, such as: industrialisation; deindustrialisation; industrial policy; structural change; innovation and production systems; innovation policy; innovation and inclusive industrialisation; sectoral structure; financialisation; industrial development and income distribution/poverty/employment/unemployment; regional and spatial dimensions of industrial development. Proposals need not be related to South Africa.

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Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Industrial Policy

Deadline: 30 September 2017

Applications are now open for the MPhil Industrial Policy being run by the University Of Johannesburg (UJ) in conjunction with the African Institute for Economic Planning and Development (IDEP) in Senegal. IDEP is a partner organisation of the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa.

It will provide Government Officials from relevant departments and from Research Institutions and other bodies across Africa with knowledge about industrial policy formulation and implementation.
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Bursaries for Postgraduate Students
Deadline: open
The DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development has bursaries available for PhD, Masters and Honours students registering at UJ in 2018. Bursaries are for high-achieving and motivated students, whose research is in the field of industrial development. Our full bursaries cover fees and living expenses. Students are provided with a laptop and office facilities. Additional funding is available for research expenses, travel to conferences, training courses, etc. Bursary holders join a prestigious and dynamic research community at the SARChI Chair, which is led by Prof Fiona Tregenna.
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5 February 2018

We are currently hosting our Visiting Associate Professor Antonio Andreoni (University of London SOAS) and Senior Research Associate Dr Lotta Takala-Greenish (University of the West of England). While here, Antonio and Lotta are carrying out research projects as well as assisting in capacity-building among researchers and graduate students.

14 February 2018

We co-hosted (with CCRED and DTI) Dr Professor Antonio Andreoni for a public lecture on the topic ‘Challenges of industrial policy for middle income economies: new thinking and comparative insights for South Africa’, on 14 February 2018. The public lecture drew on an extensive comparative review of industrial policies internationally including South Africa, as well as highlight the current trends in ‘new’ industrial policies. Dr Andreoni is our Visiting Associate Professor Antonio Andreoni (University of London SOAS) He is also Research Fellow at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge and Member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue JICA/IPD Task Forces on ‘Industrial Policy’ and ‘Quality of Growth in Africa’ at Columbia University, and Advisor to a number of government and organisations including UNIDO, ILO, UNCTAD, UNDP, UN DESA, OECD, BMZ-GIZ, DFID and UK Government Office for Science, Tanzania MITI and EAC. The public lecture elicited much interest from researchers and policymakers.

20 February 2018

A journal article on 'The southern African poultry value chain: Corporate strategies, investments and agro-industrial policies' authored by Phumzile Ncube has been released at the journal Development Southern Africa. Based on research conducted in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, the article analyses governance in the poultry value chains in these countries.

12 December 2017

Prof Tregenna gave a presentation at a High Level Policy Dialogue organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UN-IDEP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the Dialogue was 'Urbanisation and Industrialisation for Africa's Transformation', with Prof Tregenna invited to speak on the topic 'Responding to urban demand through domestic industry (local content)'.

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8 December 2017

Prof Kraemer-Mbula has been appointed Associate Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
8 December 2017

Prof Tregenna presented on the topic 'Industrial Policy' at an Economic Policy Seminar organised by the Chris Hani Institute. The seminar engaged with various dimensions of economic transformation in South Africa. 
7-8 December 2017

Prof. Kraemer-Mbula was an active participant at the South African Science Forum that took place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, on the 7-8 December. She moderated the opening plenary session on "Harnessing Science for Africa's Growth and Development", as well as the closing plenary session on "Strategies that work – the contribution of science and technology to socio- economic development". She also chaired a session on "Transformative Innovation Policy and the 4th Industrial Revolution".
4 December 2017

Congratulations to Dr Ferran Portella-Carbo, one of our Postdoctoral Research Fellows, who has been appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at UJ, to teach in the UJ-IDEP MPhil Industrial Policy.
30 November 2017

Prof Fiona Tregenna spoke at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) launch of the 2018 Industrial Development Report (IDR), at UNIDO HQ in Vienna, Austria. The 2018 IDR, titled Demand for Manufacturing: Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, has a particular focus on the role of demand in driving industrial development and on what policies can support demand in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

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27-29 November 2017

Prof. Kraemer-Mbula participated in the International AfricaLics Conference, hosted by the University of Oran 2, Mohamed Ben Ahmed. The theme of the conference was "Emerging innovation systems for sustainable development in Africa". Prof. Kraemer-Mbula presented two papers at the conference, one on "Gender Diversity and enterprises' innovative capability: Evidence from mediating effect of women educational level in Nigeria", co-authored with Prof. Tukur Garba; and one on "Comparing Work Organization and Innovation Performance in Low and Middle Income Nations", co-authored with Prof. Edward Lorenz. Prof. Kraemer-Mbula also organised and chaired a Special Session on "The nexus between work organisation and innovation: relevance for Africa". Prof. Kraemer-Mbula is an active member of Africalics Scientific Board.


9 November 2017

Various of our members attended training courses recently. In October, PhD Fellows Sandile Khumalo and Phumzile Ncube attended the course on ‘Introduction to Economy Wide Modelling for Policy Makers’ organised by TIPS and presented by Dr Rob Davies and Dr Dirk van Seventer. PhD Fellow Phumzile Ncube and Masters students Dumisani Motshana, Ntombi Mbele and Tebogo Ramaoka also attended the follow-up course on ‘Economy-Wide Policy Impact Analysis’. In November, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Clement Mulamba and PhD student Baraka Nafari attended a training on applied spatial econometrics organised by the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. Prof Giuseppe Arbia, who is an expert in the field, delivered the course which focused on theoretical foundations of spatial economic analysis, including spatial econometrics and geographically weighted regressions, and hand-on applications using R software. These various training courses have contributed to skills development among our members.

7 November 2017
Prof Kraemer-Mbula provided a keynote on “Abundance of ideas in a world of limited resources”, at the International Conference: ‘Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development’ organised by the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) in Leiden, Netherlands.  She also participated in a panel discussion on frugal innovation.   

7 November 2017

A journal article on “Research excellence in Africa: Policies, perceptions, and performance” co-authored by Robert Tijssen and Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula has been released at the journal Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press. Based on a survey to researchers and research coordinators across Africa , the article discusses various features of research excellence in Africa, framed within the context of African science granting councils and pan-African research excellence initiatives.

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1-3 November 2017

On 1-3 November 2017, Dr Lorenza Monaco took part in the Annual Meeting of the IndustriALL Global Automotive Working Group, held at the Southern Sun Hotel, Pretoria. Hosting metalworkers unions and auto experts from 16 different countries, the meeting debated the current state and future perspectives of the Global Auto Industry. This included a discussion of sustainable industrial policies, green technologies, the transition towards a 4.0 industry, and a commitment to fight precarious work in the global auto chain. The conference concluded with a visit to the Ford Silverton plant, Pretoria.
30 October 2017

During October 2017, Dr Lorenza Monaco participated in the XXII Global Labour Conference held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and conducted field research in the Indian National Capital Region. At the Global Labour Conference she presented her ongoing research on casualisation in the Indian and South African auto industries. Following the conference, Dr Monaco gave seminars at the Indian Institute for Studies in Industrial Development and at the Indian Society for Labour Economics. As part of a follow-up field research on the Delhi auto cluster, she also ran interviews with a range of actors involved in auto policies and industrial relations. These included UNIDO India, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Auto Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), trade unions operating in the National Capital Region, and academic scholars working on Industrial Development and Labour in India.

25 October 2017

Prof. Kraemer-Mbula made a contribution as panellist on the theme “4th Industrial Revolution - Is it really a catalyst in developing e-Kasi Innovation Economy?” at the eKasi Tech Festival 2017 that took place at Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa.

17 October 2017

Congratulations to Arthur Mahuma who graduated on the 16th October 2017 with a MCom Development Economics. Arthur received a distinction for his minor dissertation, titled ‘An analysis of sub-sectoral employment intensity in South Africa’. The dissertation was supervised by Prof Fiona Tregenna and co-supervised by Prof Kevin Nell.

17 October 2017
Prof. Kraemer-Mbula presented her book on “The Informal Economy in Developing Nations: Hidden Engine of Innovation” at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York. The session was parallel to the Africa Week, hosted annually by the United Nations. The session was moderated and organised by WIPO.

11-13 October 2017
Prof. Erika Kraemer-Mbula presented a paper “Are African micro and small enterprises misunderstood? Unpacking the “soft” components of innovation” at the 15th International Globelics Conference held in Athens, Greece; hosted by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). At the same conference she participated as panellist in a plenary special session on “‘Transforming Innovation’: How do ideas about transformative change impact on innovation systems thinking?”, co-organised and participated as panellist in a special session “Towards STI indicators for inclusive development, and chaired a session on “Indigenous Knowledge, informal sector, innovation and development”Prof. Erika Kraemer-Mbula has been voted member of the Globelics Scientific Board, with a 2 year mandate. 

20-21 September 2017

Prof. Erika Kraemer-Mbula was a panellist in a session on ‘South Africa: technology for rural education and development’ and chaired a panel session on ‘Innovation policies for the informal economy’ at the international conference on Prospects for transformative innovation policy conference, that took place on the 20-21 September 2017 in Pretoria.

15 September 2017
Prof Fiona Tregenna presented a lecture titled "Structural change and deindustrialisation" at Aporde 2017. The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) is a two-week, high-level training programme in development economics, public policymaking, and development strategies aimed at building capacity in the South, particularly in Africa. International speakers at Aporde 2017 include Chris Cramer, Ben Fine, Ha-Joon Chang, Jayati Ghosh, Mushtaq Khan, Stephanie Seguino, Thandika Mkandawire, Jonathan Di John and Carlos Oya.  More information on Aporde

12-15 September 2017

From 12th to 15th of September 2017, Dr Lorenza Monaco participated in the Eighth Annual Conference in Political Economy, held at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and sponsored by the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), the Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN), and the Berlin Institute for International Political Economy (IPE). The conference programme included training workshops on "Productive and Unproductive Labour" and on "Social Reproduction in Marxist and Feminist Political Economy". As part of a research stream on Structural Transformation in Africa, Dr Monaco, together with Prof Samantha Ashman (UJ) and Dr Nicholas Pons-Vignon (WITS), proposed a panel on Industrialisation in Southern Africa, where she presented her work on comparative auto policies in India and South Africa.      

30 August - 2 September 2017

Prof. Erika Kraemer-Mbula presented a paper on 'Research Excellence in Africa: Policies, Perceptions and Performance' at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, in Boston, Massachusetts.

30 August - 1 September 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Clement Mulamba and PhD student Baraka Nafari both presented papers at the 2017 Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) Biennial Conference, held in Grahamstown from 30 August– 1 September 2017. Dr Mulamba's  paper was titled 'Examining relationships between revenue from property tax, tariffs and other municipal revenue in South Africa' while Baraka's paper was on 'Effect of Business and Social Networks on Trade between Africa and Europe'

25 July 2017

We are delighted to have been won a Community of Practice award by the NRF. This is a R7million grant, over two years initially, to set up and lead a Community of Practice in “Innovation and Industrial Development”. This is the first time that the NRF has made CoP awards. The CoP will be a collaborative network of national and international researchers conducting policy-oriented research. The grant will fund inter alia new positions, bursaries, fieldwork and other research costs, conferences and workshops, international networking, and the dissemination of research to policymakers. More information to follow on this exciting new initiative!

3-4 July 2017

The National Research Foundation (NRF) hosted the NRF Stakeholder Engagement Workshop and Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) Annual Regional Meeting, in Centurion, Pretoria. The event sought to catalyse discussions on strengthening Africa’s research system; investing in individual scientific excellence as well as strategic research areas; and exploring the catalytic role of Science ranting Councils in Africa. The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of science granting councils, universities, embassies and science ministries from 18 African countries. Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula provided a keynote on “Perspectives and practices: measuring, monitoring and evaluating scientific excellence" on the 3rd July, and facilitated a plenary session on scientific excellence on the 4th July.

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4 July 2017

Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula has been selected to participate in the UJ Women’s Leadership Development Programme commencing on July 2017 and ending early 2018. UJ Executive Deans/Directors and Executive Management were asked to nominate talented, high performing women leaders and she has been nominated as one of these exceptional women.

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19-30 June 2017
Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula lectured at the 5th AfricaLics Ph.D. Academy on Innovation and Competence Building Systems, which was held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. AfricaLics is part of the worldwide research network, The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics). The purpose of the 5th AfricaLics Ph.D. Academy is to support the training of African Doctoral students engaged in research on National Innovation Systems for Economic Development in Africa. The Academy also aims to stimulate awareness of policy and management issues related to this field of research. The Academy hosted around 25 students from Africa and the rest of the world.  Dr Kraemer-Mbula’s lectures were dedicated to Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators and their application to policy-making in Africa
13-14 June 2017
The South African Research Chair in Industrial Development partnered with the think-tank Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), to host the TIPS 2017 Annual Forum, which took place at the DBSA Vulindlela Conference Centre, Midrand. This year the theme of the Forum was “Industrialisation and Sustainable Growth”. The forum aimed to deepen the understanding of the opportunities and challenges of moving to a sustainable, notably low-carbon, industrial development path. The forum counted with wide participation of the SARChI in industrial development team, including Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula’s opening remarks, Dr Lorenza Monaco as discussant to a session on “Sub-national experiences and sustainability”.

6 June 2017
We welcome Dr. Clement Mulamba as a UJ Global Excellence and Stature (GES) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow affiliated with the Chair. Dr. Mulamba completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Johannesburg, supervised by Prof Tregenna. He has held a position of Senior Economist at National Treasury. The Global Excellence Stature Fellowship is a prestigious grant and is awarded through a competitive selection process to candidates who excel in their chosen fields of study. During his fellowship, Dr. Mulamba plans to focus on spatial dimensions of industrial development in South Africa.

6 June 2017 

Congratulations to Dr. Gift Dafuleya who graduated last night with a PhD in Economics. Dr. Dafuleya's thesis was titled "Non-state social protection strategies of poor households in Bulawayo." It was supervised by Prof Fiona Tregenna and co-supervised by Prof Leila Patel. Dr. Dafuleya is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Venda.

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22-24 May 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) hosted the 7th Africa Unity for Renaissance Conference at the Freedom Park, Pretoria. Erika Kraemer-Mbula participated as a speaker in the plenary session on “Mainstreaming science, technology and innovation on Sustainable Development Goals”. AUR Conference Programme

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19 May 2017

On Friday 19th May, to close our seminar series in 'Industrial Development and Policy', we hosted Dr Lotta Takala-Greenish, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England and SARChI Senior Research Associate. Dr Takala-Greenish gave a seminar on 'The missing link between agro-processing and regional industrialisation: the case of soy across South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, which was well attended with lively participation. The talk discussed the role of agro-industrialisation as a possible source for job creation, improved food security, skill and technology development and industrial diversification. By analysing the case of the soy value chain in the three Southern African countries, the seminar also addressed structural issues, theoretical shortcomings and policy gaps, which still hamper the potential of the sector in fostering industrial development in the region. 

19 May 2017

Prof Fiona Tregenna has been appointed as Chair of the Board of the Chris Hani Institute.

16 May 2017

Erika Kraemer-Mbula facilitated MISTRA Annual Lecture 2017, presented by Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Minister of Finance. His lecture was on “Radical Economic Transformation: Are Fiscal and Monetary Authorities a Help or a Hindrance?”, and was opened by Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Internationalisation, University of Johannesburg. Annual Lecture Programme | Image Gallery

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30 April 2017

From February to April 2017, for eight weeks, SARChi hosted a discussion group on 'Decent Work in Global Supply Chains'. Organised by Dr Lorenza Monaco on the basis of the Global Labour University MOOC ( ),  the sessions comprised screenings of the GLU online course and a following debate. The meetings covered topics such as actors, governance and regulations within global supply chains, gaps in decent work standards also in light of the ILO agenda, and political campaigning and strategies to address them. Discussions included cases from both the Global North and the Global South, based on the course materials and on the participants' personal experiences.

18 April 2017

The University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI) and the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development in partnership with the UJ Library, organised a public dialogue on The Role of China in SADC's Regional Integration through Industrialisation. The discussion was chaired by Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula and counted with presentations from Prof Siphamandla Zondi (Head of Department of Political Sciences, Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria), Prof Minquan Liu (Professor of Economics, School of Economics and Honorary Director, Centre for Human and Economic Development Studies, Peking University, Beijing, China) and Prof Simon Roberts (Executive Director, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), University of Johannesburg).

10 -11 April 2017

Erika Kraemer-Mbula attended a training course on “Patents Analytics and Statistics”, at Stellenbosch University. The course took place at The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) and was provided by Jos Winnink (CWTS, Leiden University), and Robert Tijssen (CWTS, CREST).

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5-7 April 2017

Erika Kraemer-Mbula attended the 4th PASET Forum on “Partnerships and innovation for skills development in Africa” jointly hosted by the World Bank and the Government of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. The Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) was launched in 2013 in recognition of this critical need to strengthen science, and technology capability for the socio-economic development of sub-Saharan Africa. The Partnership functions as a convening platform by bringing together African governments and the private sector as well as new partners who have been investing heavily in Africa, including Brazil, China, India, and Korea to work together to harmonise efforts aimed at building human capital in Sub-Saharan Africa. Erika is a member of the PASET’s Consultative Advisory Group and she facilitated a session on Innovation in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology Skills Development.

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3 April 2017

Well done to Mrs Chipo Mhlanga who has graduated with a MCom in Development Economics. Her minor dissertation, titled “The effects of the Child Support Grant on labour force participation of women in South Africa,” was supervised by Prof Fiona Tregenna and co-supervised by Mr Mdu Biyase.

31 March 2017

Dr Chris Armstrong (visiting lecturer at Wits) and Erika Kraemer-Mbula, gave a seminar on their latest joint research on “Gauteng Makerspaces: Innovation, Skills development, Collaboration and Outreach” at our premises in Henley Road.

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29 March 2017

Prof Tregenna presented a lecture at the 2017 Governance for Development in Africa Initiative Residential School. This is an initiative of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. This initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part in the residential school, with this year's school being held in Cape Town. Prof Tregenna's lecture was titled 'Industrialisation, Deindustrialisation and Industrial Policy'. 

8 March 2017

Erika Kraemer-Mbula presented at the Human and Social Dynamics Research Seminar, which the Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council and the Tshwane University of Technology. The seminar focused on ‘‘The ‘human capital pipeline’, human capabilities and the South African system of innovation”, and took place at the Innovation Hub, Pretoria. Erika’s presentation focused on “Learning systems in the informal economy”.

21-22 February 2017

Erika Kraemer-Mbula participated in a workshop of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) in Lund, Sweden, 21-22 February. The TIPC's key objective is to examine and expand on current innovation frames and approaches to assist in solving urgent social and economic issues. Coordinated by the Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU, University of Sussex), partners of the consortium include Colombia, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Finland. The workshop in Sweden brought together representatives of all members to discuss achievements and the way forward.

23- 26 February 2017

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ferran Portella-Carbó presented the paper "The External Constraint, Domestic Employment and the Globalization of Production" at the 43rd Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference that took place in New York City. He also chaired the session "Themes in Macroeconomics and Development" and was the discussant of other presenters. The conference is one of the most important meetings of economists in the world, with more than one thousand participants.

23 February 2017

In his 2017 State of the Province Address, the Premier of Gauteng Mr David Makhura appointed an Economic Advisory Panel, with Prof Fiona Tregenna as one of the members. The panel will advise the Premier and the Gauteng Provincial Government on implementing strategies to realise the objectives of increasing employment, empowerment, exports and inclusive growth in line with the vision set out in the National Development Plan and the Provincial Economic Plan.

23 February 2017

We have awarded full NRF fellowship to the following new students:

Masters:Mr Tebogo Ramaoka is studying for his MCom in Industrial Policy

Honours: Mr Nkululeko Mhlayivana is studying for his Honours in Economics

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14 -15 November 2016

Annual Conference of the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN), on the theme 'Economic Development for Employment: Sub-national Strategies'. The conference, held in Pretoria, hosted over 150 participants, from academic institutions, policy-making groups, research centres and non-governmental organisations. Gathering such a variety of different actors, the event offered a space for fruitful debates and professional networking. Following a keynote address from Dr Milford Bateman (Juraj Dobrila University, Pula, Croatia and St Mary's University, Halifax, Canada) on the crucial role played by 'local developmental states' (LDS) in creating decent jobs, the plenary and parallel sessions tackled both methodological and policy issues related to South Africa's urgent need to generate quality employment. Issues of data availability at firm and sector level, urban planning, regional innovation and the informal economy were amongst the key discussions developed as part of the programme. After the Conference, the ERLN network will keep working through its partnering institutions and working groups. 

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20 October- 5 November 2016

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ferran Portella-Carbó presented his last research paper at two international conferences: the 20th Conference of the Research Network 'Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies' (FMM), Berlin (Germany), 20-22 October, and the 28th Annual EAEPE Conference, Manchester (UK), 3-5 November. The first conference focused on assessing the current state of macroeconomics. The second revolved around the economic implications of industrialisation, deindustrialisation and transformation with particular attention to those institutions that flourish and decline around industries and manufacturing.

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29 September 2016

Prof Tregenna has been elected as a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). ASSAf is the apex organisation for science and scholarship in South Africa, and was established by an Act of Parliament. As the official national Academy of Science of South Africa, ASSAf represents South Africa in the international community of science academies. New members are elected by the full existing membership, based on “significant achievement in the advancement and application of science/scholarship, both nationally and internationally" More about ASSAf

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13 September 2016

We hosted Prof. Thandika Mkandawire for an evening seminar, jointly with the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE). The seminar was well attended, with more than 80 participants, and a lively debate following the talk. With his longstanding and distinguished career as an academic and policy-maker in Economic Development, Prof. Mkandawire attracted a very varied audience, including APORDE participants, students in the MPhil Industrial Policy, academics and policymakers. As an academic, Prof. Mkandawire was the first person taking the Chair in African Development at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he currently teaches; he was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen; he taught at the Universities of Stockholm and Zimbabwe, and held the Olof Palme Professorship for Peace with the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm. In addition, he was the former Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). As a contribution to the APORDE Programme and in line with the research focus of the SARChI programme, his seminar engaged with the question of ‘Social Policy and its Linkages with Industrial Policy’. In his thought-provoking talk, he discussed the need for social policy within late industrialisers, highlighting its developmental and transformative potential, in contrast with the mainstream view that sees social policy only as a financial burden or unnecessary cost. In particular, adopting a comprehensive definition of social policy, he presented it not only as a redistributive and protective tool, but also as a channel for human capital formation, innovation and technological development.

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9 September 2016

We have commenced the 'Research in Industrial Development and Policy Seminar’. This is a bi-weekly seminar series, co-ordinated by postdoctoral research fellows Dr Ferran Portella-Carbó and Dr Lorenza Monaco, and run jointly with the MPhil programme in Industrial Policy. The seminar series provides an opportunity for students and researchers associated with the Chair and the MPhil programme to present their completed or ongoing research in the field of industrial development and policy and receive feedback. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of our research before rendering it public, promote collaborative research among the members of the cluster, and train students in giving effective presentations in scientific conferences.

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8 September 2016

Prof Tregenna presented a lecture on the topic “Structural change, deindustrialisation and employment” at Aporde 2016. The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) is a two-week, high-level training programme in development economics, public policymaking, and development strategies aimed at building capacity in the South, particularly in Africa. International speakers at Aporde 2016 include Ha-Joon Chang, Chris Cramer, Mushtaq Khan, Gabriel Palma, Jayati Ghosh, Thandika Mkandawire, Jonathan Di John, Alejandro Nadal, John Sender and Carlos Oya.

We are also co-hosting an Aporde evening lecture with Prof Thandika Mkandawire on the topic “Social Policy and its Linkages with Industrial Policy”. More information on Aporde

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6 August - 1 September 2016


Prof Fiona Tregenna appeared in the Mail and Guardian Abafazi supplement on Celebrating NRF Chairs.

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15 August 2016

Dr Lorenza Monaco has joined us as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow affiliated with the Chair. She holds a PhD from SOAS (University of London). Dr Monaco plans to extend her research on the auto industry in India, to the case of South Africa, amongst other research projects. More about Dr Lorenza Monaco

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11-15 July 2016

The SARChI Chair in Industrial Development has been involved in delivering the inaugural GTAC Public Economics Winter School. The Chair, together with CCRED (with Dr Judith Fessehaie as convenor), were selected to run the Industrial Economic Competitiveness stream of the Winter School.

Participants at the Winter School comprised graduate students from universities across South Africa, and officials from National Treasury and other government departments. This initiative of GTAC is aiming at building capacity in public economics.

The Winter School was opened by Minister Pravin Gordhan. Topics in the Industrial Economic Competitiveness stream included competition and industrialisation, incentives, industrial clusters, macroeconomic policy and industrial competitiveness and regional industrialisation. Amongst the speakers were Dr Antonio Andreoni, Prof Justin Barnes, Kuben Naidoo, Nigel Gwynne-Evans, Garth Strachan, Prof Samantha Ashman, Landon McMillan, Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, Dr Judith Fessehaie, Dr Simon Roberts and various other speakers from CCRED. One of our SARChI doctoral students, Phumzile Ncube, presented her research on the poultry value chain across Botswana, South African and Zimbabwe.

The Winter School, and the Industrial Economic Competitiveness stream thereof, were highly successful. Very positive feedback was received from participants and we are glad to have contributed to this important capacity-building initiative. More information on the GTAC Winter School

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11 July 2016

We co-hosted (with CCRED and GTAC) Dr Antonio Andreoni for a public seminar on the topic “Manufacturing the Innovation Economy: Industrial Ecosystem and Policy in the Emilia Romagna Region”, on 11 July 2016. The seminar drew on extensive field work in one of the world-leading manufacturing regions – Emilia Romagna, Italy – to disentangle the complex architecture of modern industrial ecosystems and the various types of learning, innovation and diversification processes determining value creation and capture dynamics. Dr Andreoni is affiliated with the Department of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is also Research Fellow at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge and Member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue JICA/IPD Task Forces on ‘Industrial Policy’ and ‘Quality of Growth in Africa’ at Columbia University, and Advisor to a number of government and organisations including UNIDO, ILO, UNCTAD, UNDP, UN DESA, OECD, BMZ-GIZ, DFID and UK Government Office for Science, Tanzania MITI and EAC. The seminar elicited much interest from researchers and policymakers.  View photo gallery

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14-15 June 2016

TIPS Annual Forum 2016

We co-hosted the TIPS Annual Forum 2016, in partnership with CCRED and the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and in association with the Departments of Trade and Industry and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. The theme of this year’s Forum was “Industrialisation and the Mining Economy”. The keynote speaker was Prof Sam Wangwe. Sessions addressed issues such as ownership patterns in the mining sector, mining in support of industrial development, financial flows, sustainable growth, industrial development, mining communities and migrancy, and mineral beneficiation. Speakers came from South Africa, the region and beyond, including Dr Paul Jourdan, Dr Neva Makgetla, Dr Nelson Oppong, Dr Michiko Iizuka, Dr Sonwabile Mnwana, Dr Judith Fessehaie, Duma Gqubule and Dr Ewa Karwowski. Our SARChI postdoctoral research fellows Dr Lorenza Monaco and Dr Ferran Portella-Carbo both chaired sessions. The conference was held at UJ’s School of Tourism and Hospitality. The conference was a great success and we are pleased to have been part of it. More information on the TIPS ForumSee photos of the TIPS Forum

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10 June 2016

We welcome Dr Ferran Portella-Carbo as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow affiliated with the Chair. Dr Portella-Carbo completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Girona (Spain). More about Dr Ferran Portella-Carbo

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26 May 2016

Where have all our entrepreneurs gone?

Prof Tregenna quoted on front page of The Times newspaper.

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14-15 April 2016

Prof Tregenna addressed the UNCTAD Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Promoting Economic Integration and Cooperation in Geneva, Switzerland. She spoke on industrial policy in the session “Industrial Policy for Long-Term Resilience and Stability”. The meeting was attended by representatives and experts from UNCTAD member countries, as well as intergovernmental representatives and other international delegates.

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