Fiona Tregenna holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, and is a Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and earlier degrees from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) in South Africa.
Her primary research focus is on issues of structural change, deindustrialisation and industrial development. She has presented keynote addresses at a number of conferences, and has received various awards and major grants for her research.
Fiona is involved in economic policy issues in South Africa and internationally, and sits on a number of boards, advisory panels and councils. President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed her to his Presidential Economic Advisory Council. In the past, she has served on advisory panels such as the Gauteng Premier's Economic Advisory Panel, the Johannesburg Economic Development Advisory Council (appointed by the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg) and E-Tolls Advisory Panel (appointed by the Premier of Gauteng). She is a part-time Member of the Competition Tribunal (appointed by the President of South Africa), where she adjudicates competition cases.
Fiona serves on the Scientific Committee of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (Aporde), where she also lectures. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT), the Steering Committee of Rethinking Economics for Africa (REFA). She is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and also sits on its Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality.
Boards that she has sat on, currently or in the past, include the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MERSETA) (appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training); the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO); the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) (appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training); the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) and the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL Centre), the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and the Chris Hani Institute (CHI). Fiona is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa and has undergone training in corporate governance.
She has done commissioned or advisory work for various research institutes and international organisations such as UNIDO, UNCTAD, the United Nations University and the ILO.
2020 and forthcoming publications:
- Avenyo, E., Tregenna, F. and Kraemer-Mbula, E. (2021) 'Do productive capabilities affect export performance? Evidence from African firms', European Journal of Development Research 33: 304-329.
- Cramer, C. and Tregenna, F. (2020) 'Heterodox Approaches to Industrial Policy and the Implications for Industrial Hubs' in Lin, J.Y. and Oqubay, A. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Tregenna, F., and Izdes, O. (2020) 'Gender, Industrialization, and Industrial Hubs' in Lin, J.Y. and Oqubay, A. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Andreoni, A., and Tregenna, F. (2020) 'Escaping the middle-income technology trap: A comparative analysis of industrial policies in China, Brazil and South Africa' Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 54, 324-340.
- Tregenna, F., and Andreoni, A. (2020) 'Deindustrialisation reconsidered: structural shifts and sectoral heterogeneity. Working Paper Series' (IIPP WP 2020-06), UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.
- Brixiová, Z., Kangoye, T. and Tregenna, F. (2020) 'Enterprising women in Southern Africa: When does land ownership matter?' Journal of Family and Economic Issues 41, 37–51.
- Greyling, T. and Tregenna, F. (2020) 'Quality of life: Validation of an instrument and analysis of relationships between domains' Development Southern Africa, 37:1, 19-39.
- Mulamba, K. and Tregenna, F. (2020) Spatially varying relationships between municipal operating expenditure and its determinants: The case of South Africa. Journal of Regional Science 60: 396– 420.
- Ashman, S., Newman, S. and Tregenna, F. (in press, 2020) 'Radical Perspectives on Industrial Policy' in Chang, H-J, Cramer, C., Kozul-Wright, R. and Oqubay, A. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press..
- Dafuleya, G., Patel, L. and Tregenna, F. (forthcoming) 'The Role of Household Networks in Mutual Assistance and Emergency Relief: Evidence from Zimbabwe' Journal of Developing Areas, Vol xx.
- Dafuleya, G. and Tregenna, F. (in press) 'How effectively do households insure food consumption and assets against funeral expenses? The case of urban Zimbabwe' Review of Economics of the Household, Vol xx.
- Callaghan, C., Nell, K. and Tregenna, F. (in press) 'Determinants of Industrialisation and Deindustrialisation' in Alcorta, L., Foster-McGregor, N., Szirmai, A. and Verspagen, B. (eds.) New Perspectives on Structural Change: Causes and Consequences of Structural Change in the Global Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Andreoni, A. and Tregenna, F. (forthcoming 2021) 'The middle-income technology trap and premature deindustrialization' in Andreoni, A., Mondliwa, P., Roberts, S. and Tregenna, F. (eds), Structural Transformation in South Africa: Sectors, Politics and Global Challenges, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Andreoni, A., Mondliwa, P., Roberts, S. and Tregenna, F. (forthcoming 2021) 'Framing structural transformation in South Africa: an industrial ecosystem of organizations, institutions, and markets' in Andreoni, A., Mondliwa, P., Roberts, S. and Tregenna, F. (eds), Structural Transformation in South Africa: Sectors, Politics and Global Challenges, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Andreoni, A., Mondliwa, P., Roberts, S. and Tregenna, F. (forthcoming 2021) 'Towards a new industrial policy for structural transformation' in Andreoni, A., Mondliwa, P., Roberts, S. and Tregenna, F. (eds), Structural Transformation in South Africa: Sectors, Politics and Global Challenges, Oxford, Oxford University Press.