Director: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

I do research about the political economy of chronic poverty and inequality with specific reference to agro-food systems in South Africa. My early research was about the social dynamics of labour relations in export-oriented agriculture, and matters relating to the living and working conditions of farm workers remain an abiding interest. For the last fifteen years my research has included understanding the causes and consequences of chronic poverty more broadly. My current research is on understanding the government of poverty: understanding poor people's own responses to poverty, and the strategies that are emerging for the governance and management of the large, marginalised and vulnerable populations created by global processes of 'jobless de-agrarianization'.

Experience

  • –present
    Director: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

Education

  • 1995 
    Essex University, Ph D