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Executive Director, Human Sciences Research Council

Ivan Turok is Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. He is Chairman of the City Planning Commission for Durban and a Member of the Academy of Science of SA. Ivan has over 30 years’ experience researching cities and regions in different parts of the world and his books and papers on urban unemployment, regional development, city competitiveness, urban regeneration and spatial inequalities are highly cited internationally. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Regional Studies, Editor of the journal Area Development and Policy, and a Board Member of the Regional Studies Association. He has a PhD in Economics, a Masters in Urban Planning and a BSc in Geography. He is a regular advisor to the United Nations, OECD, European Commission, African Development Bank and SA government on various aspects of urban and regional development. He has published over 100 academic papers, book chapters and books, and was a lead author of the 2011 State of South African Cities Report.


  • 2010–2017
    Executive Director, Human Sciences Research Council

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Executive Director, HSRC
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation