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Researcher in urban economic development and Research Associate, Urban Futures Centre, Durban University of Technology., University of Amsterdam

Glen Robbins is a regional and urban economic development researcher and occasional policy advisor. He has experience as an academic researcher, most recently as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2014-2016) and prior to that as a specialist contract researcher to a range of academic, multi-lateral, public sector and civil society organisations. He also has extensive experience as a senior manager in metropolitan local government in South Africa.
He has a BSocSci (Economic History & Industrial & Labour Studies) and an Honours (Industrial & Labour Studies) from the former University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) and an MPhil (Development Studies), from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (1995). At present he is reading for a Phd at the University of Amsterdam (Geography and International Development).


  • –present
    Researcher, Urban economic development, University of Amsterdam


  • 1995 
    Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, MPhil (Development Studies)