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Dr Marius Venter

Associate Professor and Director: CENLED and PASCAL (Africa)
Name: Marius Venter
Location: Works remotely
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Tel: +27 (0)11 559 2046


About Dr Marius Venter

I am the founder and Director of the Centre for Local Economic Development (CENLED) that has the aim to professionalise the careers of persons working in local economic development (LED) and conduct research that could be applied to make a difference in people’s lives.

I have facilitated a new career path for Local Economic Development practitioners and am one of the founding member of the professional body for economic developers, The Economic Development Council of South Africa. I am also the Director: of PASCAL Observatory Africa, a global alliance that collaborates with city and regional leaders to balance economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

Academic History

BCom (Law)

BCom Hons in Economics

MCom (Economics)

Doctorate in Economics

Recent Research Publications

  • 2021, Venter, M. & Hattingh, S., 2021, ‘Learning for a Better Future: Perspectives on Higher Education, Cities, Business & Civil Society’, in The Centre for Local Economic Development: Topics in Local Development Volume 1, pp. i–287, AOSIS, Cape Town.
  • Venter, M (ed.) 2022, Promoting sustainable local economic development initiatives: Case studies, in Centre for Local Economic Development: Topics in Local Development, vol. 2, AOSIS Books, Cape Town.
  • Jordan, B.; Rashied, N.; Venter, M. Rethinking Local Economic Development for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Renosterberg Local Municipality, South Africa. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20, 4492. https://
  • Kobedi, K.C., Swanepoel, E. & Venter, M., 2022, ‘Community work programmes as job creation mechanism: A case of Tshwane Metropolitan municipality’, Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review 10(1), a590.