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 Prof. Julian May

Position: Director: ISD, Director: Centre of Excellence in Food Security
Department: Institute for Social Development (ISD)
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: PhD (UKZN), MSocSc (Development Studies) (University of Natal), BSocSc (Honours) (Economics), BSocSc
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Biography

 Expertise : Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment.

Julian May is the Director of the NRF-DST Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, the co-Director of the German-South African Centre of Excellence in Development Research, and the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems. Before this he held the South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment. He holds a PhD in Development Studies and has edited 6 books and published over 80 papers on poverty and inequality in books and academic journals.

During his 30-year career, he has worked on options for poverty reduction including land reform, social grants, information technology and urban agriculture throughout Africa and in the Indian Ocean Islands.  He has also worked on the development and use of systems for monitoring the impact of policy using official statistics, impact assessment and action research. His current research focuses on food security, childhood deprivation and malnutrition.

He has been an associate researcher at Oxford University, the University of Bergen, the University of Manchester and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); and a visiting researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Université de Paris and the University of Cape Town. He will be a visiting researcher at the Montpellier University of Excellence (MUSE) from 01 Ocober 2019 until 30 March, 2020.

He served on the South African Statistics Council for more than 10 years, and he is a Member of the Academy of Science in South Africa, chairing the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality Committee. He represents the Academy on the Science for Poverty Eradication Committee of the Internation Academic Partnership.

He has served on the Senate Human Subjects Ethics Review Committees of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of the Western Cape, as well as  on task teams for research policy and data management.

He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the International Comparisons Programme, led by the World Bank.  He has served on Expert Group meetings convened by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF).  He has consulted for the World Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Publications

A.    Edited Books and Journal Special Editions

1.       2016: Diga, K. and May, J., (eds) 2016. Special Edition: The ICT Ecosystem: Evidence from developing countries, Information Technology for Development, Taylor and Francis.

2.       2016: Braathen, E., May, J Ulriksen, M. and Wright, G., (eds) 2016. Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries, Zed Press, London, (213p)

3.       2015: Chib, A., Barrentes, R., and May, J., (eds) 2015. Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South, Springer, London (291p).

4.       2014: May, J., Mascharenas, O., Waema, T., and Adera, E., (eds) 2014. ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East Africa, Practical Action Publishing, Bourton-on-Dunsmore (249p).

5.       2000: May, J., (ed) 2000. Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: Meeting the Challenge, David Phillip and Zed Press, Cape Town and London (304p).

6.       1999: Ogunrinade, A., Oniang’o, R., & May, J., 1999.  Not by Bread Alone: Food Security and Governance in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand Press, Braamfontein (318p).

B.     Chapters in Books

1.       2018: Devereux, S., Jonah, C. and May, J., 2018. How Many Malnourished Children Are There in South Africa? What Can Be Done? in Roelen, K. (ed), Putting Children First, Zed Press, London.

2.       2016: Siebert, A. and May, J. 2016. Urbane Landwirtschaft und das Recht auf Stadt: Theoretische Reflektion und ein Praxisbeispiel aus George, Südafrika. in: Engler, S.; Stengel, O.; Bommert, W. (Hrsg.): Regional, innovativ und gesund: Nachhaltige Ernährung als Teil der Großen Transformation. S. 153-168. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. Göttingen.

3.       2016: Braathen, E., May, J., Ulriksen, M., and Wright, G., 2016. Introduction: poverty and politics in middle income countries, in Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries, Zed Press, London.

4.       2015: May, J. and Timæus, IM. 2015. Changes in food security in South Africa since the end of Apartheid: Evidence using child malnourishment, in Fukada-Parr, S and Taylor, V, (eds) Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlements Perspectives, UCT Press, Cape Town (83-96).

5.       2015: Barrentes, R. and May, J. 2015. Impact of research or research on impact: more than a matter of order of words and sequence, in Chib, A., Barrentes, R., and May, J., (eds.) Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South, Springer, London (283-291).

6.       2015: May, J., and Diga, K. 2015. Progress towards resolving the measurement link between ICT and poverty reduction. In Chib, A., Barrentes, R., and May, J., (eds), Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South, Springer, Singapore (83-104).

7.       2014: May, J., 2014. Income mobility in South Africa, in Bhorat, H. and Kanbur R., Hirsch, A., and Ncube, M., (eds). The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa, Oxford University Press, New York (4p).

8.       2014: May, J., Waema, T. and Bjåstad, E., 2014, The ICT/Poverty Nexus in Africa, in May, J., Mascharenas, O., Waema, T., and Adera, E., (eds). ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East Africa, Practical Action Publishing, Bourton-on-Dunsmore (21p).

9.       2014: May, J., Dutton, V. and Munyakazi, L., 2014, Information and communication technologies as an escape from poverty: Evidence from East Africa, in May, J., Mascharenas, O., Waema, T., and Adera, E., (eds). ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East Africa, Practical Action Publishing, Bourton-on-Dunsmore (20p).

10.    2014: Attwood, H., Diga, K.and May J., 2014, The complexities of establishing causality between an ICT intervention and changes in quality-of-life: The case of CLIQ in four poorer communities in South Africa, in May, J., Mascharenas, O., Waema, T., and Adera, E., (eds). ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East Africa, Practical Action Publishing, Bourton-on-Dunsmore (23p).

11.    2013: Hunter, N., and May, J., 2013. Age, employment and health in South Africa, in Maharaj, P., (ed.) Aging and Health in Africa, Springer, New York, 171-196.

12.    2011: May, J., Woolard, I., and Baulch, B., 2011, Chapter 6: Poverty traps and structural poverty in South Africa: reassessing the evidence from KwaZulu-Natal, 1993-2004, in Baulch, B., (ed) Poverty Dynamics and Persistence, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 187-218.

13.    2008: Adato, M., Carter, MR.  & May, J., 2008. Exploring Poverty Traps and Social Exclusion in South Africa using Qualitative and Quantitative Data, in Barrett, CB., Carter, MR and Little PD., (eds.) Understanding and reducing persistent poverty in Africa, Routledge, Oxford.

14.    2007: Kirsten, J., May, J., Hendriks, S., Lyne, M., Machethe, CL. & Punt, C. 2007. South Africa, in Bresciani, F., and Valdés, A., (eds.) Beyond Food Production: The Role of Agriculture in Poverty Reduction, FAO and Edward Elgar, Chetleham, 243-312.

15.    2006: May, J., 2006. Poverty, asset accumulation and shocks in South Africa: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal, in Bhorat, H., (ed.). Poverty and Policy in post-Apartheid South Africa, HSRC Press, Cape Town, 321-350.

16.    2006: May, J., 2006. Constructing the Social Policy Agenda: Conceptual Debates around Poverty and Inequality, in Padayachee, V., (ed.), The Development Decade? Economic and Social Change in South Africa, 1994-2004. HSRC Press, Cape Town, 143-159.  

17.    2006: May, J., 2006. Entitlement, Assets and Markets, in Clark, D., (ed.), The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 10-13.

18.    2005: May, J. and Hunter, N., 2005. Poverty, Inequality and the Social Wage: Balancing the Books in Post-Apartheid South Africa? in Jones, P., and K. Stokke (eds)  Democratising Development: The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa, Martinus Nijhoff, The Netherlands, 101-125.

19.    2004: Maluccio, J., Haddad, L. and May, J., 2004. Social capital and gender in South Africa, 1993-98, in. Agnes R. Quisumbing (ed.) Household Decisions, Gender, and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research, IFPRI/Johns Hopkins University Press, 145-152.

20.    2003, May, J., Stols, A. and Stevens, T., 2003. Monitoring the Impact of Land Reform on the Quality of Life: A South African Case Study, in Hagerty, M R, Vogel J and Møller V (eds.): Assessing Quality of Life and Living Conditions to Guide National Policy: The State of the Art, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 293-312

21.    2001: May, J., 2001. An elusive consensus: Definitions, measurement and analysis of poverty, in Grinspun, A., (ed.), Choices for the Poor, UNDP, New York, 23-54, also available at: www.undp.org.np/publications/choices4poor/toc.pdf.

22.    2001: May, J., 2001. Meeting the Challenge? The Emerging Agenda for Poverty Reduction in Post-Apartheid South Africa, in Wilson, F., Kanji, N and E. Braathen (eds.) Poverty Reduction: What Role for the State in Today's Globalized Economy, Zed Press, London, 460 – 496.

23.    2001: May, J., 2001. Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia and the Maldives, in Grinspun, A., (ed.), Choices for the Poor, UNDP, New York, 231-252.

24.    2000: Maluccio, J., Haddad, L & May, J., 2000. Social Capital and Development in South Africa: 1993-1998, in Baulch, B. and Hoddinott, J., (eds.), 2000, Economic mobility and poverty dynamics in developing countries, 54-81, Frank Cass, London.

25.    2000: May, J., 2000. Growth, development, Poverty and Inequality, in May, J., (ed.), Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: Meeting the Challenge, David Phillip and Zed Press, Cape Town and London, 1-18.

26.    2000: May, J., Woolard, I. & Klasen, K., 2000. The nature and measurement of poverty and inequality, in May, J., (ed.), Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: Meeting the Challenge,   David Phillip and Zed Press, Cape Town and London, 19-50.

27.    2000: Rogerson, C. and May, J., 2000. The spatial context, in May, J., (ed.), Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: Meeting the Challenge, David Phillip and Zed Press, Cape Town and London, 207 – 228.

28.    2000: May, J., Rogeson, C. and Vaughan, A., 2000. Livelihoods and assets, in May, J., (ed.), Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: Meeting the Challenge, David Phillip and Zed Press, Cape Town and London, 229-258.

29.    2000: May, J., 2000. Policy conclusions, in May, J., (ed.), Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: Meeting the Challenge, David Phillip and Zed Press, Cape Town and London, 259-276.

30.    1999: May, J. 1999. Food Security, Livelihoods and Assets: The Case of Rural South African, in Ogunrinade, A., May, J. and R. Oniang’o (eds.), Food Security and Governance in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand Press, Braamfontein, 85-100.

31.    1998:  Attwood, H. & May, J., 1998.  Kicking down doors and lighting fires: The South African PPA, in Holland, J. and J. Blackburn (eds.) Whose Voice? Participatory Research and Policy Change (London: IT publications), 119-130.

32.    1996: May, J., 1996. Assets, Income and Livelihoods in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, in Lipton, M, Ellis, F. and M. Lipton (eds.), Land, Labour and Livelihoods in Rural South Africa, Vol ii, Indicator Press, University of Natal, 1-30.

33.    1994: May, J. and May, C., 1994. Electricity and Water Provision, in Hindson, D. and J. McCarthy (eds.), Here to Stay: Informal Settlements in KwaZulu/Natal, Indicator Press, University of Natal, 133-142.

34.    1992: May, J. T’Jonk, K., 1992. Livestock Ranching and the Restructuring of Agriculture is South Africa's Homelands, in Csaki, C., Dams, J and J. van Zyl (eds.), Agricultural Restructuring in Southern Africa, International Association of Agricultural Economists, Windhoek, 262-270.

35.    1990: May, J., 1990. The Migrant Labour System: changing dynamics in rural survival, in Nattrass, N and L. Ardington (eds.), The Political Economy of South Africa, Oxford University Press, Cape Town, 175-186.

36.    1988: Nattrass, J. and May, J., 1998. The Black States, in Nattrass, N. (ed.), The South African Economy: Revised Edition, Oxford University Press, Cape Town.

C.    Refereed Journal Articles

1.       2018: Hakizimana, C. and J. May, 2018. Can smallholder avocado production reduce poverty and improve food security through internal markets? The case of Giheta, Burundi, Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, DOI: 10.1080/14728028.2018.1515041

2.       2018: Gwaka LT, May, J. and Tucker W. 2018. Towards lowcost community networks in rural communities: The impact of context using the case study of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe. Electronic Journal of Infomation Systems in Developing Countries Countries. 2018;e12029. https://doi.org/10.1002/isd2.12029.

3.       2018: May, J., 2018. Keystones affecting Sub-Saharan Africa’s prospects for achieving food security through balanced diets, Food Research International, 104, February: 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2017.06.062.

4.       2017: Spencer, BD, May, J., Kenyon, S., and Seeskin, Z. 2017. Cost-Benefit Analysis for a Quinquennial Census: The 2016 Population Census of South Africa, Journal of Official Statistics, 33(1): 249–274.

5.       2016: Diga, K., and May, J., 2016. Editorial: The ICT Ecosystem: The application, usefulness and future of an evolving concept, Information Technology for Development, Information Technology for Development, 22:sup1, 1-6, DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2016.1168218.

6.       2016: Rey-Morenoa, C., Blignaut, R., Tucker, WD.  and May, J., 2016. An in-depth study of the ICT ecosystem in a South African rural community: unveiling expenditure and communication patterns, Information Technology for Development, 22:sup1, 101-120, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02681102.2016.1155145

7.       2014: May, J. and Timæus, IM., 2014. Inequities in under-five child nutritional status in South Africa: What progress has been made, Development Southern Africa, 31(6): 761-774.

8.       2013: Attwood, H., Braathen, E., Diga, K.  and May, J. 2013. Telecentre functionality in South Africa: Re-enabling the community ICT access environment.   Journal of Community Informatics, 9(4): 1-14.

9.       2012: May, J., 2012. Digital and other poverties: Exploring the connection in four East African countries, Information Technologies and International Development 8(2): 33-50.

10.    2012: Braathen, E., Attwood, H., May, J., 2012. The Role of Politics in Telecentres: Cases from South Africa, International Journal of e-Politics, 3(3): 1-20.

11.    2012: May, J., 2012. “Smoke and mirrors”: The science of poverty measurement and its application, Development Southern Africa, 29 (1): 63-76.

12.    2011: Hunter, N., and May, J. 2011. Poverty, Shocks and School Disruption Episodes among Adolescents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Development Southern Africa, 28(1): 1-17.

13.    2007: Carter, MR., May, J., Agüero, J., & Ravindranath, S., 2007. The Economic Impact of Severe Illness and Prime Age Mortality: Evidence from Panel Data from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, AIDS, 21: S67-S73.

14.    2007: May, J., Agüero, J., Carter, MR. & Timæus, I., 2007. The KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study (KIDS) 3rd wave: methods, first findings and an agenda for future research, Development Southern Africa, 24(5): 629-648.

15.    2007: Agüero, J., Carter, MR.  & May, J., 2007. Poverty and Inequality in the First Decade of South Africa’s Democracy: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal, Journal of African Economies, 16(5): 782-812.

16.    2007: May, J. & Meth, C., 2007. Dualism and Data: What does a Quantitative Assessment of Poverty, Inequality and Employment Reveal? Development Southern Africa, 24(2): 271-288.

17.    2006: Khandlhela, M. & May, J., 2006. A Socio-economic Assessment of the Impact of the 2000 Floods on two Communities of the Limpopo Province, South Africa, Natural Hazards, 39(2): 275-287.

18.    2006: May, J., 2006. Poverty Trends and the Poverty Debate, South African Labour Bulletin, 30(1): 53-55.

19.    2006: Adato, M., Carter, MR.  & May, J., 2006. Exploring Poverty Traps and Social Exclusion in South Africa using Qualitative and Quantitative Data, Journal of Development Studies, 42(2):  226-247.

20.    2005: May, J. & Roberts, B., 2005. Poverty Diagnostics Using Poor Data: Strengthening the evidence base for pro-poor policy making in Lesotho, Social Indicators Research, 74: 477-510.

21.    2005: May, J. & Lehohla, P., 2005. Counting the Costs of a 21st Century Census: South Africa’s Census 2001, Development Southern Africa, 22 (2): 215-232.

22.    2005: Magnani, R., MacIntyre,  K., Mehyrar Karim, A., Brown, L., Hutchinson,  P., Kaufman, C., Rutenburg, N., Hallman, K., May, J. & Dallimore, A., 2005. The impact of life skills education on adolescent sexual risk behaviors in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Journal of Adolescent Health,  36 (4): 289-304.

23.    2004: May, J., Carter, MR. & Padayachee, V., 2004. Is Poverty and Inequality Leading to Poor Growth? South African Labour Bulletin, 28(2): 18-20.

24.    2004: Kaufman, C., Clark, S., May, J., & Manzini, N., 2004. Communities, Opportunities, and Adolescent Sexual Behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Studies in Family Planning, 35(4): 261-274.

25.    2003: van der Ruit, C. & May, J., 2003: Triangulating qualitative and quantitative approaches to the measurement of poverty: A case study in the Limpopo Province, South Africa, IDS Bulletin, 34(4): 21-33.

26.    2002: May, J., Stols, A. & Stevens, T., 2002. Monitoring the Impact of Land Reform on the Quality of Life: A South African Case Study, Social Indicators Research, 58: 293-312.

27.    2002: Branch, G., May, J., Russell, B., & Roberts, B., 2002, Case studies on the socio-economic characteristics and lifestyles of subsistence and informal fishers in South Africa, South African Journal of Marine Science, 24: 239-462.

28.    2001: May, J. & Roberts, B., 2001. Panel Data and Policy Analysis in South Africa: Taking a long view, Social Dynamics, 27(1): 96-119

29.    2001: Carter, MR. & May, J., 2001. One kind of freedom: The dynamics of poverty in Post-apartheid South Africa, World Development, 29(12): 1987-2006.

30.    2000: Maluccio, J., Haddad, L. & May, J., 2000. Social Capital and Development in South Africa: 1993-1998, Journal of Development Studies, 36(6): 54-81.

31.    2000: May, J., Carter, MR., Haddad, L. & Maluccio, J., 2000. KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study (KIDS) 1993-1998: A longitudinal household data set for South African policy analysis, Development Southern Africa, 17(4): 567-581.

32.    1999: Carter, MR. & May, J., 1999. Poverty, Livelihoods and Class in rural South Africa, World Development, 27(1): 1-20.

33.    1997:  May, J. & Norton, A., 1997. A Difficult Life: The Experience and Perceptions of Poverty in South Africa, Social Indicators Research, 41(1-3): 95-118.

34.    1995: May, J., & Rogerson, C., 1995.  Poverty and Sustainable Cities in South Africa: The Role of Urban Cultivation, Habitat International, 19(2):165-181.

35.    1992: May, J., 1992. Ranching and Redistribution after Apartheid, Journal of Rural Areas, 8: 257-268.

36.    1991: May, J. & Rankin, S., 1991. The differentiation of the urbanisation process in South Africa: A comparative study from KwaZulu, World Development, 19(10): 1351-1365.

37.    1990: May, J. & Rankin, S., 1990. The spatial and gender differentiation of KwaZulu's black labour force, Agenda, 6, 76-95.

38.    1987: May, J., 1987. Differentiation and Inequality in the Bantustans: Evidence from KwaZulu, Social Dynamics, 13(2), 1-13.

39.    1987: May, J., 1987. Migrant Labour in Transkei: Cause and Consequence at the Village Level, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 6(1/2): 85-122.

40.    1986: Nattrass, J. and May, J., 1986. Migration and dependency: Sources and Levels of Income in KwaZulu, Development Southern Africa, 3(4), 583-599.

D.    Other Journals/Publications/Internet Documents/Popular Press

1)       2018: Devereux, S. and May J. How South Africa can fix the fact that one in four of its children go hungry, 06 June, 2017, The Conversation, available at http://theconversation.com/how-south-africa-can-fix-the-fact-that-one-in-four-of-its-children-go-hungry-78414

2)       2016: May, J., How Vitamin A, iodine and iron play a part in beating malnutrition, 23 August, 2016, The Conversation, available at https://theconversation.com/how-vitamin-a-iodine-and-iron-play-a-part-in-beating-malnutrition-63964

3)       2016: May, J., Why child malnutrition is still a problem in South Africa 22 years into democracy, 02 June, 2016, The Conversation, available at https://theconversation.com/why-child-malnutrition-is-still-a-problem-in-south-africa-22-years-into-democracy-60224

4)       2014: Du Toit, A., Kirsten J. & May, J. Farm plan will lead to jobs bloodbath, Cape Argus, Independent Online, 11 August, 2014, available at http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/farm-plan-will-lead-to-jobs-bloodbath-1.1733619.

5)       2014: May, J., Measuring poverty more complex than it looks, Cape Argus, Independent Online, 08 May, 2014, available at http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/opinion/measuring-poverty-more-complex-than-it-looks-1.1684967#.U3DuQ_mSxsI.

6)       2013: May, J., 2013. Sustaining effective anti-poverty programmes beyond transformation: Challenges and way forward, in Sibanda, A., (ed.) The twin challenges of reducing poverty and creating employment, e-book published by the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, available at  http://www.un.org/esa/ socdev/documents/employment/twinchallenges.pdf

7)       2011: May, J and Adera, E., 2011. The ICT/Poverty Nexus, UN Chronicle, 58(2): 30-33, available at https://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/chronicle/home/archive/issues2011/thedigitaldividend/ ictpovertynexus.

8)       2010: Manyamba, C., May, J., and Nzimande, N., 2010.  Poverty Profile of KwaZulu-Natal, in Nzimande, N. (ed) The State of the Population in KwaZulu-Natal, The KwaZulu-Natal Research Forum, Durban, 103-123.

9)       2008: May, J., 2008. Conceptualising and measuring poverty in the SADC region, in Pressend, M. and Ruiters, M. (eds.) Dilemmas of Poverty and Development: A proposed policy framework for the South African Development Community, The Institute for Global Dialogue, Braamfontein, 27-47.

10)   2004: Carter, MR, Adato, M. and May, J., 2004. Sense in Sociability? Social Exclusion and Persistent Poverty in South Africa, BASIS Brief 25, available at http://www.basis.wisc.edu/live/ basbrief25.pdf.2004: May, J., 2004. Accumulation Failures, Embedded Inequality and Poverty Traps in Post-Apartheid South Africa, In Focus, Online Bulletin of the International Poverty Centre (IPC), http://www.undp.org/documents/3622-In_Focus__3.pdf, 1650 words.

11)   2004: May, J., 2004. Understanding old age and poverty in South Africa, id21 Development Research Reporting Service, http://www.id21.org/society/s5ajm1g1.html, 500 words.

12)   2003: May, J., Hunter, N., and Padayachee, V., 2003. Lessons for PRSP from Poverty Reduction Strategies in South Africa, Third Meeting of the Africa Learning Group on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, UN Economic Commission for Africa, 3-5 December, Addis Abba, http://www.uneca.org/prsp/, 46p.

13)   2001: May, J., Roberts, B., Krige, D, Mokitimi, N. and Mochebelele, M., 2001. Towards a Poverty Monitoring System in Lesotho, Ministry of Development Planning, Government of Lesotho, 103p, also available at: www.undp.org.ls/Poverty_Reduction

14)   2001: May, J., 2001. Trade restrictions against poor countries: Perspectives from the South, article prepared for An open meeting UNDP Nordic Office and Centre for International Poverty Research held on trade barriers and poverty March 14th in Bergen, also available at: www.crop.org/cropweb.htm

15)   2001: May, J., 2001. Er det nok ā fjerne handelsrestriksjoner? (Do trade restrictions prevent development?) commentary in Bergen Tidende, 14/03/01, pg 31.

16)   2000: May, J., 2000. The structure and composition of rural poverty and livelihoods in South Africa, in Cousins, B., At the Crossroads: Land and Agrarian Reform in South African into the 21st Century, Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 21-34.

17)   2000: May, J., and T. Stevens, 2000. Monitoring the impact of land reform on the quality of life: A South African case study, Chapter 25 in Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Development in Africa, Selected proceedings from a Seminar and Workshop organised by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the African Development Bank and the World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/ evaluation/me/me_docs.html, pp 187 – 192.

18)   1999: May, J. and Vaughan, A., 1999. A Case of Mistaken Identity: The Market and Rural Development in South Africa,  Indicator South Africa, Vol 16(1), University of Natal, Durban, pp. 67-74.

19)   1998: May, J., 1998. The Experience and Perception of Poverty in South Africa, Praxis Publishing, Durban (140p).

20)   1998:  May, J., 1998. Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, Indicator South Africa, Vol. 15(2), University of Natal, Durban, pp. 53-58.

21)   1995: May, J. and Carter, MR., 1995. A profile of rural poverty in South Africa, Transact, Vol. 2(10), pp. 6-10.

22)   1994: May, J., 1994. KwaZulu/Natal: A Regional Case Study of the Reintegration Process, in Humphries, R and T. Rapoo (eds.), Governing the Provinces, Centre for Policy Studies, Johannesburg, 21-32.

23)   1994: May, J., and Rogerson, C. 1994. How does your garden grow: Urban Agriculture in South Africa, Indicator South Africa, Vol 10, No. 4, University of Natal, Durban.

24)   1994: May, J., 1994. Land Reform (in) KwaZulu/Natal Provincial Alliance RDP Committee, Implementing the RDP in KwaZulu/Natal, COSATU, Durban.

25)   1992: May, J. and Shacter, M., 1992. Minding Your Own Business: Deregulation in the Informal Sector , Indicator South Africa, Vol. 10(1), University of Natal, Durban.

26)   1992: May, J. and Cronin, A., 1992. A Marriage of Convenience: Staatsamptenaars and `Development Experts', Indicator South Africa, Vol. 9(2), University of Natal, Durban.

27)   1990: May, J. and Stavrou, S., 1990. Surviving in Shantytown: Durban's Hidden Economy, Indicator South Africa, Vol. 7(2), University of Natal, Durban, 6p.

28)   1989: May, J., 1989. The Push/Pull Dynamic: Rural Poverty and Urban Migration, Indicator South Africa, Vol 6(1/2), University of Natal, Durban, 5p.

29)   1988: Through the Looking Glass: The Indaba and Development, Indicator South Africa, Vol. 5(3), University of Natal, Durban, 6p.

30)   1988: Nattrass, J., and May, J., 1988. The Equity Equation, Indicator South Africa, Vol. 5(2), University of Natal, Durban, 4p.

31)   1988: May, J., 1988. Socio-economic differentiation and Apartheid - Inequalities within the bantustans of South Africa, Sociologia Urbana e Rurale, Vol. 10(25): 253.

32)   1987: Nattrass, J., and May, J., 1987. The Political Economy of a New Dispensation.  The KwaZulu/Natal Indaba, Natal/KwaZulu: Present Realities, Future Hopes, Centre for Adult Education, Occasional Publication, University of Natal, Durban, 34p.

33)   1985: May, J., Development Planning in Transkei: The Rural Service Centre Approach, Transkei Development Review, Vol. 2(1), 40p.

​E. Departmental and Staff Working Papers

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1)       2017. May, J., 2012. Food security and nutrition: Impure, complex and wicked? Centre of Excellence in Food Security, WP 02-17, University of the Western Cape.

2)       2015: Spencer, B., May, J., Kenyon, S. and Seeskin, Z., 2015. Cost-Benefit Analysis for a Quinquennial Census: The 2016 Population Census of South Africa, Institute for Policy Research Working Paper Series, WP-15-06, Northwestern University, Chicago.

3)       2011: Attwood, H., Braathen, E., and May, J., Telecentres and poor communities in South Africa: What have we learnt? Development Studies Working Paper No. 61, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 16p

4)       2011: May, J., Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Budgets and Human Rights, School of Development Studies Working Paper No. 58, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 19p.

5)       2010: May, J., 2010. “Smoke and Mirrors” The science of poverty measurement and its application, School of Development Studies Working Paper No. 57, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 21p.

6)       2007: May, J., and Woolard, I., 2007. Poverty Traps and Structural Poverty in South Africa: Reassessing the Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal, Chronic Poverty Research Centre Research Report 82, University of Manchester, 24p.

7)       2004: May, J., Hunter, N. and Padayachee, V., 2004. Lessons for PRSP from Poverty Reduction Strategies in South Africa, Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper, 39, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 59p.

8)       2003: May, J., 2003. Chronic Poverty and Older People in South Africa, Chronic Poverty Research Centre Research Report No 25, University of Manchester, 40p.

9)       2002: May, J., Roberts, B., Woolard, I. and Moqasa, G., 2003. Poverty and Inequality in Lesotho,  Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper, 36, School of Development Studies, University of Natal, Durban, 49p.

10)   2002: Hunter, N. and May. J., 2002. Poverty, shocks and school disruption episodes among adolescents in South Africa, Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper, 35, School of Development Studies, University of Natal, Durban, 35p.

11)   2002: How community structures of time and opportunity shape adolescent sexual behaviour in South Africa, (with Carol Kaufman, Shelly Clark, Kelly Hallman and Ntiski.Manzini) Policy Research Division Working Paper No. 159, Population Council, New York, also available at: www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/wp/159.pdf

12)   2000: May, J., Stols, A. and Stevens, T., 1000. Monitoring the Impact of Land Reform on the Quality of Life: A South African Case Study, Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper No 31, University of Natal, Durban.

13)   2000: Deininger, K. and May, J., Is there scope for growth with equity: The case of land reform in South Africa, Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper No 29, University of Natal, Durban. (Simultaneously published as Policy Research Working Paper, No. 2451, World Bank, Washington, DC, 38p). http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/Research/workpapers.nsf/

14)   1999: Carter, M. and May, J., One Kind of Freedom: Poverty Dynamics in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics Staff Paper Series No. 427, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 37p.

15)   1999: KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study (KIDS) 1993-1998: A longitudinal household data set for South African policy analysis, (with Michael Carter, Lawrence Haddad and John Maluccio), Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper No 21, University of Natal, Durban.

16)   1999: Social Capital and Income Generation in South Africa, 1993-98 (with John Maluccio and Lawrence Haddad) Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper No 20, University of Natal, Durban. (simultaneously published as Food Consumption and Nutrition Division Working Paper No. 76, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C).

17)   1998: Poverty, Livelihoods and Class in rural South Africa, (with Michael Carter), Centre for Social and Development Studies Working Paper No 14, University of Natal, Durban.

18)   1997: The Dynamic Reproduction of Poverty in Rural South Africa: A Non-Parametric Approach, (with Michael Carter), Working Paper No. 408, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 32p.

19)   1995: The Composition and Persistence of Poverty in Rural South Africa (with Michael Carter and Dori Posel), LAPC Policy Paper No. 14, Land and Agricultural Poverty Centre, Braamfontein, 135p.

20)   1995: A Provincial Overview of KwaZulu-Natal, Land Reform Research Programme, (with Nick Amin), LAPC Policy Paper No. 24, Land and Agricultural Poverty Centre, Braamfontein,  71p.

21)   1995: A review of macro-demographic trends by generic household and types in South Africa and a model for telephone usage amongst blacks, FRD Programme Report Series No. 20, Foundation for Research Development, Pretoria, 16p.

22)   1994: Rural Poverty and Institutions (with Ranveer Persad, Heidi Attwood and Dorrit Posel), LAPC Policy Paper No. 4, Land and Agricultural Policy Centre, Braamfontein, 53p.

23)   1992: Transforming Public Expenditure on Development: Agricultural Development Intervention in the Bantustans, Economic Trends Working Paper No. 10, University of Cape Town, 35p.

24)   1989: The informal sector: Socio-economic dynamics and growth in the Greater Durban Metropolitan Region (with Stavros Stavrou), Rural/Urban Studies Unit Working Paper no. 18, University of Natal, Durban, 48p.

25)   1987: An Intermediate Settlement in the Urbanisation Process: A Comparative Study from KwaZulu, Rural/Urban Studies Unit Working Paper No 15, University of Natal, Durban, 32p.

26)   1987: Upper Tugela Base Line Data Study (with Neil Muller and Aiden Krone) Development Studies Unit Report, University of Natal, Durban, Simultaneously published by the Department of Economic Affairs, KwaZulu Government as an occasional publication, 151p.

27)   1987: The anatomy of rural black poverty: The challenge to a new economic order, (with Jill Nattrass, Dave Perkins and Alan Peters), Rural/Urban Studies Unit Working Paper No 4, University of Natal, Durban, 31p.

28)   1987: Differentiation and Inequality in the Bantustans: Evidence from KwaZulu, Rural/Urban Studies Unit Working Paper No 7, University of Natal, Durban, 35p.

29)   1986: Migration and Dependency: Sources and Levels of Income in KwaZulu, Rural-Urban Studies Unit Working Paper No. 3, Development Studies Unit, University of Natal, Durban, 29p.

30)   1985: Migrant Labour in Transkei - Cause and Consequence at the Village Level, Rural Urban Studies Unit Working Paper No 2, University of Natal, Durban, 34p.

31)   1985: Development Planning in the Transkei - The Rural Service Centre Approach, Development Studies Unit Working Paper, No 15, University of Natal, Durban, 35p

32)   1985: Migrant labour: A critical re-assessment of cause and consequence, in Muller, N., Rural Poverty and Development Strategies in Transkei, Institute of Management and Development Studies, Umtata, pp. 48-74.​

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 I am a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) and chair the Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality sub-committee since 2017.

I am a member of the South African Statistics Council (2014-present) and chair the Population and Social Statistics sub-committee. I was previously a member of the Council between 1994 and 2008.  I served on the 1996 and 2001 Census Evaluation Sub-committees, the Economic Statistics sub-Committee and chaired the Poverty and Inequality Sub-Committee.  In the latter position I led a task team that reviewed the reliability of the Community Survey, 2016.

I am the President of the South African Development Studies Association (SADSA) (2015 to present).

I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Western Cape’s Dullah Omar Institute for Human Rights and Governance (2012 to present).

I am on the advisory committee of the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research Using Survey Data, and the External Advisory Board of DataFirst, a data archive service hosted by UCT (2012 to present)

I am a member of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network board convened by the Overseas Development Institute (2012 to present).

I was a member of the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)-South Africa National Member Organisation Committee (2014 to 2017)

I am a member of the Advisory Committee for the ESRC/DFID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development, a £23 million grants program (2009 to present).

I was a member of the Steering Committee and the Technical Advisory Group of the South African National Income Dynamics Study (2007-2014).

I was a board member of the Economic Development Partnership, a not-for-profit company to facilitate development activities in the Western Cape Province (2012 to 2015). I served on the Appointments sub-committee.

I was the co-chair of the ICTD 2013 conference held in Cape Town in December, 2013.

I was a member of the Advisory Group for the Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance, a capacity building program led by the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2011-2014).

I was a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the International Comparison Program, a worldwide statistical partnership to collect comparative price data and compile expenditure values of countries’ gross domestic products (2010 to 2014).

I was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Grassroots Focus Index, a pan-African project being undertaken by the African Monitor (2007-2010).

I am a member of the following professional societies:
Population Studies Association of South Africa
        Economics Society of South Africa
        Development Studies Association of South Africa

I was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for eArn, a four-country study of the contribution of ICT to micro-enterprises in Africa (2008-2011).

I was a member of the international reference group of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, University of Manchester (2006-2010).

I served on the editorial committee of Indicator/South Africa (1993-2003), Development Southern Africa (2000-present) and I was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (2011 to 2017) and Information Technology for Development (2013 to 2017).

I have been a member of a variety of user-group committees in Stats SA, including: the Steering Committee for the 1995, 1997 & 1998 October Household Surveys, the 2011, 2011, 2001 and 1996 Population Census, the 1996 Rural Survey and the 1995 and 2000 Income and Expenditure Surveys.

I have been an evaluator for the NRF for research proposals and for grading social scientists since 2002, and an evaluator and member of the Peer Review College for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) since 2007.

I have refereed articles for Agenda, Agrikon, Development and Change, Development Southern Africa, Economic Development and Cultural Change, European Journal of Development Research, Food Security, Information Technologies & International Development, Journal of Community Informatics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Social Welfare, Social Dynamics, South African Journal of Economics, Transformation and World Development.

I have examined masters and PhD theses from the Universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Fort Hare, Free State, Johannesburg, North West, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, UNISA and Western Cape and. I am the external examiner for the Challenges of African Economic Development LSE/UCT July School.

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