PRISM Researchers



Mike Morris
Mike Morris is the director of PRISM. He is Professor within the School of Economics and prior to this was the founder and Head of School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal from 1995 – 2002. His recent research, policy activities and publications have focused on the power dynamics of global value chains, industrial restructuring and international competitiveness. During his career he has published in journals such as: World Development, European Journal of Development Research, Competition and Change, Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford Development Studies, Geoforum, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, Institute of Development Studies Bulletin and others. Morris has undertaken research and policy work for a number of international organisations such as, World Bank, ILO, DANIDA, UNIDO, and ITC. He has been the recipient of a number of major international research grants and managed or participated in a large number of research projects. Most recently, these include: ‘Making the Most of Commodities Program for Africa – industrialization and linkages’ (DFID funded); ‘Asian Drivers (China) Impact on Africa’ (funded by Rockefeller Foundation and the International Development Research Centre of Canada), African Clothing and Footwear Research Network (funded by the IDRC) and ‘U-KNOW: Knowledge and Competitiveness (project for the European Commission CIT5-CT-028519).

Anthony Black
Anthony Black is Professor in the School of Economics and a Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU). He was Director of the School of Economics from 2003-2005. He has acted as an advisor on automotive industry policy to the Department of Trade and Industry and as a consultant to the Government of Mozambique as well as to a number of organizations including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Development Centre of Japan. His publications include a book on South Africa's automotive policy as well as articles and chapters on the automotive industry, trade issues, regional integration, industrial policy, employment and foreign direct investment. He is currently principal investigator on a major SANPAD funded project on ‘employment intensive growth’ in South Africa. Research collaborations or fellowships with institutions internationally in the field of industrial development and foreign direct investment have included the International Motor Vehicle Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Centre for New and Emerging Markets (London Business School); Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherche Permanent surl'Industrie et les Salaries de l'Automobile (GERPISA) in Paris; the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki and the United Nations University Institute for New Technology (UNUIntech) in Maastricht.

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J Paul Dunne
J Paul Dunne is Professor in the School of Economics and Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of the West of England, Bristol, visiting Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Research Associate in the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). He has held positions at Middlesex University, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, University of Warwick and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also editor with Jurgen Brauer of the new online journal the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and is chair of Economists for Peace and Security (UK), Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS) and chair of UK affiliate of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). He has published over 60 journal articles, 1 book, 6 edited books, 43 chapters in books and 29 reports and other publications. These include contributions to both volumes of the Handbook of Defence Economics, numerous reports and other papers and over 70 conference presentations. Project funding has been received from DFID, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, Ministry of Defence, World Bank, South African Government, ILO, Oxfam and Saferworld.

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Lawrence Edwards
Lawrence Edwards is Associate Professor within the School of Economics. His research falls within the field of international trade with a specific focus on international trade and labour, regional integration and economic adjustments to trade liberalisation. He has published in a number of international and local journals including World Development, Journal of International Development, South African Journal of Economics and Journal of Studies in Economics and Econometrics. He has consulted widely with the World Bank, the South African National Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry and was most recently a member of the South African Growth Project managed by the Centre of International Development at Harvard University. He is currently the overseas coordinator of the project “Chinese Competition and the Restructuring of South African Manufacturing” funded by ESRC (UK) and was the co-investigator on various projects including the World Bank Project, Regional Investment Climate Assessment of the SADC (2010), “Addressing Youth Unemployment in South Africa: Policy Prospects and Problems” for OECD Economic Survey of South Africa (2010); “Merits of using wage subsidies to promote employment in South Africa” for the SA Department of Social Development (2009); and the ‘Trade and Poverty’ project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID – UK), USAID and the Department of Trade and Industry (South Africa).

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David Kaplan
David Kaplan is a Professor in the School of Economics. His work is focused on industrial development, technological change and innovation, economic history and development. He is a former chief economist at the Department of Trade and Industry 2000-2003 and chief economist in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape, 2004-2010. He has served on the National Advisory Council for Innovation, the Presidential Labour Market Commission and other government advisory bodies. He has authored and co-authored four books and articles in academic journals such as World Development, Les Temps Modernes and the South African Journal of Economics. He was a founder member of the Development Policy Research Unit and the Science and Technology Policy Research Center. He has undertaken work recently for the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. He currently has Fellowships at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies in Pretoria and the South African Institute for International Affairs at University of the Witwatersrand. He is Vice Chair of the South African Association of Canadian Studies and a Board member of the global network for innovation studies – GLOBELICS. He is currently engaged in two research projects on South Africa and the BRIC countries

Brian Levy
Brian Levy is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, and the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA. He also is adviser, Governance, in the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Vice Presidency. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited numerous books and articles on the interactions between public institutions, the private sector and development in Africa, East Asia, and elsewhere, including Governance Reform: Bridging Monitoring and Action (World Bank, (2007), Building State Capacity in Africa (World Bank Institute, 2004), and Regulations, Institutions and Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 1996). He worked in the World Bank's Africa Vice Presidency from 1991 to 2003 on the challenges of strengthening the institutional underpinnings of African development, including four years as leader of the Africa Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit. Between 2007 and 2010 he was head of the secretariat responsible for the design and implementation of the World Bank Group's governance and anti-corruption strategy. He was a member of the core team which produced the World Bank’s 1997 World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. Prior to joining the Bank he was assistant professor in development economics at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He graduated from UCT in economics (honours) in 1976, and completed his Ph.D in economics at Harvard University in 1983.

Amos Peters
Dr Amos Peters is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and specializes in international economics with an emphasis on international macroeconomics. His current work examines the role of the exchange rate in the monetary policy formulation of emerging market economies. He also studies the welfare implications of internal and external devaluation in small open economies. Peters is currently involved in a project that assesses the economic effects of Chinese trade with South Africa on domestic employment, wages, and productivity. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Don Ross
Don Ross is Professor in the School of Economics and Dean of Commerce. He is a leading world authority on the methods of behavioural economics and neuroeconomics and their relationship to problems in psychology. Ross also has an established record of policy-related consulting in Africa, including on issues of basic infrastructure development for communities in disadvantaged rural areas of South Africa. He has produced major commissioned reports for the National Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa and various industry associations. He has led training workshops for African trade negotiators at the WTO under commission from the Southern African Development Community. He is the author or editor of 13 books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, MIT Press, Routledge and others, recently including Midbrain Mutiny: The Picoeconomics and Neuroeconomics of Disordered Gambling (with Professor Carla Sharp and two others), published by MIT Press in 2008. He has recently completed a term on the Board of Directors of the Society for Neuroeconomics, and now chairs the Society’s Nominations Committee. He sits on the Editorial Boards of two international journals.

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Asha Sundaram
Asha Sundaram is Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics. Her research spans the areas of international trade and development economics. She is currently looking at the impact of trade liberalisation on the domestic economy, focussing on poverty outcomes and firm performance and behaviour, and on the impact of trade barriers on export competitiveness. She has authored book chapters in books published by Oxford University Press and has contributed to the policy debate by co-authoring a column on Vox-EU, a portal for research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists. Her past experience includes consulting for the Development Economics Research Group at the World Bank, in Washington DC and working as co-investigator in projects sponsored by the World Bank and by the Peterson Institute of International Economics, Washington D.C.

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Francois Steenkamp
Francois Steenkamp completed his Masters in economics at the University of KwaZulu Natal before working as an economic research consultant for Urban-Econ Development Economists and Imani Development. As a research consultant he focused on research areas such a tourism, manufacturing and transport and contributed to a number of research reports commissioned by local and regional government. Currently, Steenkamp is a PhD intern in the School of Economics and is focusing his research on international trade issues.