Specialist Researcher: Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Wits University, University of the Witwatersrand

ichard Ballard trained in the field of geography, having completed an Honours Degree in Geography at the University of Natal in 1994 and a PHD in Geography at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2002. His research has followed two broad themes.

The first is the way in which white people have experienced desegregation as experienced in post-apartheid cities. This includes reactions to street traders, shack dwellers, desegregating suburbs, and an analysis of gated communities.

The second is the way in which government and the public interact in the context of poverty and joblessness, with a particular interest in social movements, participatory mechanisms, the role of ward and PR councillors, and social policy mechanisms such as cash transfers.

His research at GCRO is on urban mixing, new large scale private developments and social cohesion.

Most recent publications

Ballard, R. (2017). ‘Prefix as policy: Mega projects as South Africa’s big idea for human settlements’ Transformation 75.

Ballard, R. and Rubin, R. (2017). ‘A “Marshall plan” for human settlements: How mega projects became South Africa’s housing policy’ Transformation 75.

Ballard, R., Dittgen, R., Harrison, P. and Todes, A. (2017). ‘Megaprojects and Urban Visions: Johannesburg’s Corridors of Freedom and Modderfontein’ Transformation 75.

Ballard, R. (2017). Review of Falkof, Nicky (2015) Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa: Imagining the End of Whiteness. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan (Review in Journal of Southern African Studies)

Ballard, R. (2016). ‘Development and governance’. Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F.Goodchild, Audrey L. Kobayashi, Weidong Liu Richard Marston (eds.) The International Encyclopaedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ballard, R. (2016). Review of Daniel Conway and Pauline Leonard (2014) Migration, space and transnational identities: the British in South Africa, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(6).

Ballard, R. (2016). ‘Community and the balkanization of social membership’. Dialogues in Human Geography. 6(1): 78–81

Ballard, R. (2016). ‘Black Middle Class in South Africa (“Black Diamonds”)’. John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony Smith, and Xiaoshuo Hou (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Race Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell. Online first DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen379, December 2015

Ballard, R. (2015). Review of James Ferguson (2015) Give a man a fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution. Duke University Press, Durham. Review published in Transformation 89.

Ballard, R. (2015). ‘Assimilation’. John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony Smith, and Xiaoshuo Hou (eds.),Encyclopaedia of Race Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell. Online first DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen380, December 2015

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    Specialist Researcher: Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Wits University, University of the Witwatersrand