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5 October 2021
EMS Faculty Research Webinar: “Publishing in High-Impact Journals: A confidence building experience"
The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is hosting a Research Webinar titled “Publishing in High-Impact Journals: A confidence building experience".

The process of submitting a manuscript to a journal for review can be a daunting one, even more so in the case of submitting to high impact journals. Similarly, selecting an appropriate journal from the thousands of journal titles that are available can be equally daunting.

In this regard, the Webinar adopts a two-fold approach. In the first webinar established scholars share their experiences of publishing, where they started, what learnings contributed to building their confidence and where to publish. The panel is comprised of rated scholars from the Faculty and international scholars. The second webinar will take a more hands on approach on how to go about identifying the most appropriate journal title.  

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Time: 16h00
Platform: Zoom


The first Webinar will be hosted on 13 October 2021 at 16:00. The panellists participating in this Webinar are as follows:

Programme Director: Prof Shaun Pather
Prof Shaun Pather, is a Professor of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape and a NRF rated researcher. 

His research agenda seeks to advance the African Information Society through understanding how ICTs facilitate social and economic growth.  He is actively involved in national and international projects and advocacy for grassroots based solutions to address digital inequality.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: (16:00-16:15)

16:00 – 16:05: Welcome by Prof Jose Frantz, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: R&I
16:05 – 16:15: Opening remarks, overview and context setting by Prof Michelle Esau, the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Panel Session: (16:15 – 16:55)

Moderator: Prof Isioma Ile
Prof Isioma Ile earned her PhD in Public Affairs at the University of Pretoria and is presently a full Professor at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. 

She has about 20 years’ experience in academia; teaching and supervising large numbers of post graduate students across various programmes. She has presented several papers in conferences, locally and internationally, published widely in accredited/peer reviewed academic and professional journals, written and edited several books and chapters. She has also served as part of editorial teams/guest editor of prestigious international journals. She has played leadership roles in various capacities and her current research focus areas are around governance and policy reforms in Africa, specifically Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Social Policy Monitoring and Evaluation.

Panellist: Prof Karen Johnston (pictured right)
Prof Karen Johnston is Professor of Organisational Studies with research interests in public administration and management, public sector human resource management and gender studies.

Panellist: Prof Ruth Hall
Prof Ruth Hall holds the South African Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, which is funded by the National Research Foundation. The Chair is located at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape.

Professor Hall has initiated a five-year research programme (2020-24) on dynamics of agrarian change and rural transformations in Africa. The Research Chair will include work on the character of smallholder agriculture and accumulation dynamics in agriculture and the rural non-farm economy, and will address questions of changing agro-food systems; resource access; rights and governance; land use and production; class formation; social differentiation; and the broader politics of land and agrarian reform.

She has published several books, including 'Africa's Land Rush: Livelihoods and Agrarian Change' and 'Policy Options for Land and Agrarian Reform in South Afric'a. She is a co-founder of the Land Deal Politics Initiative, the BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies and the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative and is regional coordinator of the Future Agricultures Consortium.

She leads several major research projects on Women’s Land Rights in Africa as well as large-scale land acquisitions in Africa. She is a founding member of the Network of Excellence in Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) and leads training courses for policy makers and professionals on the political economy of land governance.

Prof Hall served as a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Panel of Land Reform Experts.

Panellist: Prof Richardson Shambare
Prof Richardson Shambare is an Associate Professor and Acting Chair of the School of Business & Finance (SBF) at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, where he teaches in numerous modules in management. In addition, Prof. Shambare supervises postgraduate students at the Masters and PhD levels.

Prof. Shambare’s research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship and marketing, where he specialises in research into the entrepreneurship-marketing interface (EMI). In this regard, he researches into the psychology of entrepreneurs, which spans topics such as adoption of innovations and technologies among entrepreneurs, how these technologies are used in the marketing functions of a business. In particular, the application of mobile phones and social media in developing small businesses are his passion.

He has published in DHET accredited journals and presented his research at several national and international conferences.

Panellist: Prof John Diamond
Prof John Diamond is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University in the UK and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Education and Humanities at Christ Church Canterbury University in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association, the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences and the UK Joint University Council.

He is currently co-editor of the Sage journal Teaching Public Administration and co-editor of two book series (Critical Perspectives in International Public Sector Management for Emerald and Rethinking University – Community Policy Connections for Palgrave Macmillan).

In addition he is co-convenor of the IRSPM Special Interest Group – The Practice Panel and co-editor of the forthcoming International Handbook of Teaching Public Administration.

Panellist: Prof Fiona Anciano
Prof Fiona Anciano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape.

She is a social science researcher with an interest in urban governance, democratisation and civil society. As a qualitative researcher she conducts research in informal settlements on urban democracy and informality. She is a National Research Foundation C2 rated researcher, and working with global teams she has won nine grants in the last five years.

She has produced numerous local and international publications, most recently a co-authored book 'Democracy Disconnected: Participation and Governance in a City of the South', published by Routledge in 2019 and edited the 2021 book 'Political Values and Narratives of Resistance: Social Justice and the Fractured Promises of Post-colonial States' published in the United Kingdom by Routledge.

Panellist: Prof Julian May
Prof Julian May has been the Director of the NRF-DSI Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa since 2014, and holds the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems. Before this he was the South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He has a PhD in Development Studies and has edited 7 books and published over 90 academic papers on poverty and inequality in books and academic journals.

During his career, he has worked on options for poverty reduction including land reform, food systems. social protection, information technology and urban agriculture throughout Africa. His current research focuses on food and nutrition security, childhood malnutrition and food systems in secondary cities and small towns.

He serves on the Council of the Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf) and served on the South African Statistics Council for more than 10 years as well as on the Technical Advisory Group of the World Bank’s International Comparison Program, a worldwide statistical initiative to collect comparative price data. He has also participated in international expert groups and advisory boards and 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, Vrije University-Amsterdam and the University of Cape Town.

Audience Engagement and Closing Remarks (16:55-17:30)

16:55 – 17:25 Engagement from audience: Questions and Answers
17:25 – 17:30 Closing Remarks by Prof Shaun Pather

The second Webinar will be hosted on 26 October 2021 (10h30–12h00. 

 This Webinar, which will be hosted by Professor Shaun Pather (EMS) and Mark Snyders (UWC Library Services),  will focus on how to go about selecting the right journal for your research and how to avoid predatory titles.  

All scholars are welcome. We encourage emerging scholars, in particular, to attend the Webinar series.