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Our Mission Statement 

Our mission at the Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre (PEERC) is not just to conduct research for academic purposes, but to conduct research that will influence policymakers and practitioners at all levels of society.

We aim to produce research that will ultimately benefit the public and facilitate social and economic change in society. In this way, we intend to bridge the gap between sound scientific research and policy making.


Who are we at PEERC?

PEERC is the first centre of its kind in South Africa dedicated primarily to Public, Environmental and Resource Economics. Our research work has particular focus on the fiscal and policy levers available to national and sub-national governments, to tackle issues of sustainable development and economic growth. PEERC which is hosted by the School of Economics within the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at the University of Johannesburg, was set up in 2017 as a result of partnership with key strategic governmental and non- governmental partners.

PEERC’s overarching objective is to undertake public and environmental economics research that addresses real problems and directly feeds into policy. Given the need for evidence based policies, PEERC has collaborated with a number of stakeholders in South Africa since its inception at the University of Johannesburg in 2017.