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Position: Acting Director
Tel: +27 (021) 959 3853
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Email: akarriem@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Expertise: Urban and rural development, social movements, as well as urban sustainability and climate change.

Razack Karriem obtained his PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to joining the Institute for Social Development at UWC, he taught in the Department of City and Regional Development at Cornell University and in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Karriem also worked for the Department of Land Affairs (on land reform and rural development) and at the Department Constitutional Development (on provincial and local governance).

Dr Karriem research interests are in urban and rural development, the role of social movements in promoting development from below, as well as urban sustainability and climate change. He has researched and written on the Brazilian Landless Movement’s struggles for land reform and an ecologically sustainable rural development model. His current research project focuses on the housing struggles of Abahlali baseMjondolo or the Shackdwellers Movement of South Africa.





 

Position: Administrator
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Position: Associate Professor of Development Studies
Tel: +27 (021) 959 3855
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Email: mdinbabo@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Expertise: Social and economic development, migration, poverty, micro simulation modelling and social welfare policies. 

Prof. Dinbabo obtained his Doctoral Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. He also has two MA degrees in Development Management and Development Studies, from the Ruhr University Germany and University of the Western Cape, South Africa, respectively.

Prof. Dinbabo has supervised and graduated more than 40 Master's and Doctoral students in Development Studies at the Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape. He is currently supervising six PhD and ten Masters students. 

He has a sound knowledge of the fields of social and economic development, micro simulation modelling and migration. Prof. Dinbabo also has a practical experience on strategic planning, project/programme management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and advocacy in Africa and other parts of the world. At the moment, he teaches postgraduate courses on Research Methods, Development Management and Planning. He is also responsible for teaching postgraduate students and the management of the STATA Lab, where students are introduced to a quantitative statistical package which is increasingly used for social science research and data analysis. 

He has the experience of working with donors including USADF (United States African Development Foundation), United Nations, European Union and others. He also has provided consultancy services in areas of development management, preparation of large and complex budgets, governance, intergovernmental relations and civil society capacity building.

Prof. Dinbabo has  built a stronger research ethic and published extensively in local and international journals. So far Prof. Dinbabo produced over 30 publications in peer-reviewed or refereed local and international journals. He is also the Chief Editor of the African Human Mobility Review (AHMR). It is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed on-line journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects (socio-economic, political, legislative and developmental) of Human Mobility in Africa.  The journal can be accessed via the web: http://sihma.org.za/online-journal/

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Shamiso Mandioma holds a Bachelors in Applied Communication Management from University of Fort Hare, where she majored in development communication and media and society. She also has a BTech in Public Relations Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a Master in Development Studies from University of the Western Cape.

Shamiso has wide experience in local government and participatory rural appraisal methods. She co-teaches Community Development Theory and Practice. She has been involved in ISD since 2015 where she was supervising students on the journal component of Community Development Theory and Practice. Currently she is a registered PhD Student in the Institute for Social Development. Her thesis examines women’s access and participation in local government structures in the Mazowe District of Zimbabwe.

Position: DAAD Lecturer in Development Research
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Ruth Knoblich is a DAAD lecturer and researcher at the South African-German Centre for Development Research at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. She is a PhD candidate at Bonn University, Germany, associated PhD researcher, associated member at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and research associate at the Intellectual Property Unit, University of Cape Town, where she spent a research period of 16 months in 2017/2018 as a scholar financed by the European Commission.
 
Ruth’s research is at the interface of policies, law and regulations of science, technology and innovation (STI) and sustainable development. Specialising on southern systems of innovation, she focuses on intellectual property law and intellectual property policy processes. Ruth extensively worked on STI in global politics and multi-level governance, as well as on South-South and North-South science and technology cooperation.

Prior to joining the South African-German Centre for Development Research, she worked as a research assistant at the IEE, Ruhr University Bochum, at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology, Bonn University as well as at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI). Ruth is founding member of the Research Group on "Rising Knowledge-Powers" at the Center for Global Studies, Bonn University. She studied in Bonn, Berlin and Madrid, and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science, History and Philosophy as well as two degrees in Medicine.

Position: Director: ISD, Director: Centre of Excellence in Food Security
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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 six books as well 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 was a visiting researcher at the Montpellier University of Excellence (MUSE) from 01 October, 2019 until 30 March, 2020.

He served on the South African Statistics Council for more than ten 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 International 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).

Position: Extraordinary Professor
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Stephen Devereux is a development economist with 25 years experience in food security and social protection in 13 African countries, including three years heading a Rural Research Programme at the University of Namibia and one year researching household drought responses in rural Ghana. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex since 1996, where he founded the Centre for Social Protection in 2005. Dr Devereux has been an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape since 2013. 

In 2016, he was awarded a SA-UK Research Chair in Social Protection for Food Security by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Newton Fund, affiliated to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Institute for Social Development. He has (co-)authored or (co-)edited nine books on food security, famine and social protection, and has published more than 70 journal articles. He was a founding associate editor of the journal Food Security. He has worked for numerous international agencies, provided policy advice to many governments and led evaluations of 16 projects and programmes in Africa.

Dr Devereux has supervised 11 PhD students and more than 50 Masters students to completion. He has lectured at IDS since 1996 and at ISD since 2012. He has delivered conference papers and seminars in Africa, Europe, Australia and USA, and presented training sessions on over 70 courses.

Position: Senior Lecturer
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Expertise: Social applications of the capability approach.

Dr. Ina Conradie obtained her Doctoral Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. Dr Conradie also obtained her BA Degree in Social Work from the University of Pretoria with majors in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology; BA Hons in Social Work, University of Pretoria, (Cum laude); MA in Social Work, University of Pretoria, 1977 (Cum laude); MA in Development Studies, UWC, 1992 (Cum laude).

She has been involved in ISD as a Senior Researcher since 2006. She is also the academic coordinator of the DAAD-funded SA-German Centre for Development Research. She is responsible for the Honours and Masters Course on Social Policy for Developing Countries and has supervised Masters students on a range of topics. Previously she taught social work at the University of Cape Town and at the University of Pretoria.

Her PhD thesis submitted at the UWC in 2013 was on Aspirations and Capabilities: The Design and Analysis of an Action Research Project in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Position: Senior Lecturer
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Amiena Bayat is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Social Development, University of Western Cape. Her research has focused on issues related to the provision of basic services, social capital, education and skills development as well as poverty and inequality.

She holds a PhD in Economics from UWC, and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College (USA) which she obtained as a former Nelson Mandela Economic Scholar.

Bayat has fifteen years of lecturing and research experience. She has taught Development Economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has also trained Members of Parliament in the discipline.

Over the past few years she has undertaken research for the South African Presidency, UNDP, VLIR and the European Union.

Position: Senior Lecturer
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Email: lkoskimaki@uwc.ac.za

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Leah Koskimaki is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Social Development (ISD) and Coordinator for an interdisciplinary Apex and Special Project on Migration and Mobilities in the Office of the DVC- Academic. She received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2011. 
She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bengaluru, India, affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) for a collaborative project on “Provincial Globalisation” in India. She has also been affiliated as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UWC’s Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) and Department of Political Studies.  Dr. Koskimaki has conducted extensive research in India on small town youth politics, regionalism, development and migrant transnationalism.   Her current research project, “Tailoring Futures”, interrogates the precarity, aspirations and religious networks of contemporary South Asian migrant workers in Cape Town, South Africa. At ISD, Dr Koskimaki has experience lecturing in Migration and Development and Research Methodologies and supervising postgraduate research projects.

Publications


Koskimaki, Leah. 2019. “Regional Charisma: The Making of a Student Leader in a Himalayan Hill Town.” South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal [Online], 22.
URL: http://journals.openedition.org/samaj/6503

Upadhya, Carol, Mario Rutten and Leah Koskimaki. 2018. Eds. Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics. New York, Oxford: Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series.

Koskimaki, Leah and Carol Upadhya. 2018. “Introduction: Transregional Flows and Provincial Transitions in India.” Pp. 1-23 in Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics. New York, Oxford: Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series.

Koskimaki, Leah. 2018. “From Agrarian Landlords to Transnational Entrepreneurs: Reconfiguring Political Influence in Coastal South India.” Pp. 105-122 in Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics. New York, Oxford: Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series.

Mustafi, Sulagna and Leah Koskimaki. 2018. “Development Destinations and Networked Dreams: The Politics of Transnational Giving among Beary Muslims of Coastal Karnataka.” Pp. 142-161 in Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics. New York, Oxford: Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series.

Koskimaki, Leah. 2017. “Youth Futures and a Masculine Development Ethos in the Regional Story of Uttarakhand.” Journal of South Asian Development, 12 (2): 136-54. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0973174117711339

Koskimaki, Leah and Carol Upadhya. 2017. “Reconsidering the Region in India: Mobilities, Actors and Development Politics: Introduction to Special Issue of JSAD on ‘Reconsidering the Region’”. Journal of South Asian Development, 12 (2): 89-111. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0973174117712826

Koskimaki, Leah. 2016. “Addressing the Youth: Emerging Youth Publics in Late Colonial Uttarakhand.” Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 35 (2), 41-55.
http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol35/iss2/9/
 
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