PRISM Researchers



Anthony Black
Anthony Black is the Director of PRISM and Professor in the School of Economics. He is also 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 UNIDO and UNCTAD. 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. His most recent book is an edited collection entitled ‘Towards 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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Mike Morris
Mike Morris 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).

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J Paul Dunne
J Paul Dunne is Professor of Economics and Associate of SALDRU, in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town and Emeritus Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has worked at the British University in Egypt and the Universities of Middlesex, Leeds, Cambridge, Warwick and London. An applied economist, his main area of research is the economics of peace, security and military spending. He edits the Economics of Peace and Security Journal with Jurgen Brauer and is a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). Links to many of his publications are available at his RepEc webpage here, where he is ranked in top 7% worldwide and 3rd in South Africa. Research gate page is here RG score: 25.97 h-index 24. Google Scholar page is here h index 29 i10-index 59. Academia.edu page is here. His South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rating is B1 which is top of internationally acclaimed category.

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Lawrence Edwards
Lawrence Edwards is a Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, and a Research Associate at the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Lawrence is a graduate of the University of Cape Town where he completed his PhD, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Rhodes University. Lawrence’s research interests focus on international trade, trade policy, firms and labour markets. He is the author (with Robert Lawrence) of Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States and has published articles in World Development, Review of International Economics, Journal of International Development, Economics of Transition and Harvard Business Review. He has consulted widely on trade policy issues for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Growth Centre, the OECD, the Southern African Development Community Secretariat and various governments in Africa, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Refilwe Lepelle
Refilwe is a Lecturer in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. She is also a Graduate Associate at South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). She worked in the private sector and then at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as an industry analyst. She completed her Masters in economics at the University of Witwatersrand. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include international trade and labour markets. Refilwe is currently involved in the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) project funded by the UK's Department for International Development, the Hewlett Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The aim of the project is to assess the impact of growth on women's economic opportunities.

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David Kaplan
David Kaplan is an economist who has been at the University of Cape Town for more than 37 years. Prior to that he taught at the University of Massachusetts. He has undertaken work for inter alia the World Bank: the African Development Bank; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. He has held positions in government and a number of governmental agencies. Inter alia he was Chief economist of the Department of Trade and Industry; 2000-2003. Chief Economist (part-time), Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, 2004-2011. He served on the Presidential Commission to Investigate the Development of a Comprehensive Labour Market Policy and on the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) and has recently completed a four year term as a board member of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). His primary research and engagement in policy are in the broad areas of innovation and technological change.

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Faizel Ismail

Dr Faizel Ismail currently teaches at the University of Cape Town and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Economics, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law. He has a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester; an MPhil in Development Studies from IDS, Sussex, and; BA and LLB Degrees from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in South Africa.

Previous Professional Responsibilities: He has served as the Ambassador Permanent Representative of South Africa to the WTO (2010-2014). Prior to this he was the Deputy Director General for International Trade and Economic Development (ITED) in the Department of Trade and Industry. As South Africa’s Chief Trade Negotiator, since 1994, he led the new democratic South Africa’s trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and several other bilateral trading partners including the US, India, and Brazil. He has led South Africa’s negotiations in the WTO from 2002 to 2014.

WTO Chairs: He has served as the Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade and Development negotiating group (CTDSS) for two years (2004-2006), the Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) for one year (2006/7) and the Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade, Debt and Finance (WGTDF) for two years (2012-2014). He has also served as Chair of the Annual Meeting of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva.

Author: He is the author of two books on the WTO: Mainstreaming Development in the WTO. Developing Countries in the Doha Round (2007) and Reforming the World Trade Organization. Developing Countries in the Doha Round (2009). The latter book has been translated into Chinese (2011). He has published over 50 articles, chapters and working papers in international journals and books on economic development and trade and development issues. His latest publication is a Handbook titled: Transformative Industrialization and Trade in the Context of the Continental Free Trade Area: Opportunities and Challenges (forthcoming, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa).


Lukasz Grzybowski
Lukasz Grzybowski is Associate Professor within the School of Economics. His research is focused on microeconomics and industrial organization with a specific focus on network industries, telecommunications, Internet and digital markets. He has published in a number of international journals including International Journal of Industrial Organization, Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Economic Inquiry, Information Economics and Policy, Telecommunications Policy and others. He acts as an Editor in Chief of Review of Network Economics. He has previously worked and consulted with international and South African institutions, including UK Competition Commission, European Commission, and South African Competition Commission.