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 Dr. Jacqueline Goldin

Position: Extraordinary professor
Department: Department of Earth Science
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (UCT)
Tel: 021 959 2685
Fax: 021 959 3931


 Dr. Jacqueline Goldin has a strong academic and extensive empirical background. As a 'numerate anthropologist' she has 18 years of experience in applying these skills in the field of poverty and development. She has conducted many large scale and smaller household poverty surveys and numerous long term and short term evaluations across government and community projects and programmes covering a wide range of development topics. More recently in her current position as the SADC-Waternet Chair for Water and Society at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, her focus is on water and development. Jaqui is responsible for the development of the ‘Water and Development’ curriculum and a research methods seminar series in the region. Her theoretical interest is in the applicability of the Capability Approach to the water sector. She is particularly interested in the application of ethnographic site specific approaches to indicator development, examining and adjusting ‘missing poverty dimensions’ and tapping into culturally specific interpretations and experiences of these ‘missing’ domains. Jaqui is also Chairperson of an environmental education and development NGO, Ecolink in Mpumalanga.


  • Goldin, J, 2010. “Water Policy in South Africa: Trust and Knowledge as obstacles to reform” in Review of Radical Political Economics Sage Publications, Volume 42:2.

  • Goldin, J and Kibassa, D, 2009. “Water Policy Transitions in Tanzania“ in Huitema, D. and S. Meijerink (eds.). Water policy entrepeneurs. A research companion to water transitions around the globe, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar".

  • Earle, A, Goldin, J, Machiridza, R, Malzbender, D, Manzungu, E and Mpho, T. 2009. Indigenous and Institutional Profile: Limpopo River Basin, IWMI Working Paper 112, Sri Lanka.

  • Goldin, J, Rutherford, R and Schoch, D. 2008. “Getting it Right – Case Study Water Resources Management, Mjejane” in International Journal of Water Resources Development, Routledge, 24 (3) pp. 345 – 357.

  • Goldin, J. 2008. "It take two to tango: steps towards change in the water sector", in Poverty and Water - Explorations of the reciprocal relationship edited by David Hemson, Kassim Kulindwa, Haakon Lein and Adolfo Mascarenhas, CROP International Studies in Poverty Research, Zed Books, London, pp. 47-64.

  • Goldin, J. 2006. “Water and development” in Clark, D (ed), The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 680-686. (Paperback published 2007).

  • Goldin, J. 2005. “Prepacked trust in the water sector” in Askvik, S, Bak, N (eds), Trust and public administration in South Africa. Ashgate, UK.

  • Goldin, J. 2004. “The typography of voice. Dynamics of belonging” in Paratian, R, Dasgupta, S (eds.), Confronting economic insecurity in Africa, ILO Socio Economic Security Programme, Geneva.

  • Goldin, J. 2003. “Washing away the sins of the past. Transformation in the Water Sector” in International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 26, No 6.  pp. 711 -731.

  •  Goldin, J. 2002. “Policy versus Praxis: Problems facing the water sector in South Africa” in Benjaminsen, T., Cousins B. & Thompson, L. (eds).  Contested Resources: Challenges to the governance of natural resources in Southern Africa.

  • Conradie, B., Goldin, J., Leiman, A., Standish, B. & Visser, M. 2001.  Competition Policy and Privatisation in the South African Water Industry, Development Policy Research Unit, School of Economics, University of Cape Town: Working Papers: No 01/45.

  • ​​Goldin, J and Adato, M. 2000. Labour Intensive Job Creation and Social Development: An Analysis of the Working for Water Programme in the Western Cape. Two Case Studies. SALDRU Working Paper No 89, University of Cape Town.





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