Scholars to showcase economic research on Eastern Cape

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

The third annual conference on emerging views on the Eastern Cape economy will showcase the research work of the best students and emerging scholars in the province.

Funded by the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), the annual socio-economic policy conference for emerging scholars and post-graduate students, takes place on 26 September this year.

The aim of the initiative is to create a nexus for policy dialogue between academia and provincial government.

The initiative aims to:

  • Recognise and promote local research produced in Eastern Cape institution;
  • Provide opportunity for emerging scholars and students to showcase their work;
  • Bridge the gap between the policy needs of provincial government and the research capacity of local universities; and
  • Allow the public access to the work produced in universities.

The conference is aimed at the private and public sector, civil society and academia.

The keynote address will be given by Dr Bheki Mngomezulu, president of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa, political analyst, commentator for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Associate Senior Lecturer of UKZN, CEO of Mzala Nxumalo Centre and researcher and advisor to political parties.

Representatives of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University, Walter Sisulu University and University of Fort Hare will present papers and given the opportunity to submit for inclusion in a special edition of the Journal of Development and Leadership.

Presentations will focus on sustainable livelihoods and income generation, the impact of price increases on rural household consumption, agriculture (including the impact of climate change and the impact of farmer field schools on small scale farmers), tourism in the province, public private partnerships and the impact of soccer development on the economy of the Eastern Cape.

The aim of the conference is to generate interest among students to deliver more research on the Eastern Cape, and to illustrate the benefits of writing research papers and pursuing post-graduate degrees.