On 14 and 15 September 2017, Derick Blaauw along with his long time co-researcher, Prof Rinie Schenck of the University of the Western Cape’s Department of Social Work attended the 2nd Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global dialogue/ local innovation II workshop in Durham, England. They were invited by the organisers of a global research project on unacceptable forms of work, sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in the United Kingdom. The Unacceptable Forms of Work project has been set up to investigate important questions at the heart of this worldwide phenomenon. The project leaders are Professor Deirdre McCann of Durham Law School, Professor Judy Fudge of Kent Law School and Dr Sangheon Lee of the International Labour Organisation. According to ILO Unacceptable Forms of Work can take many forms, but its core broad definition is as follows: “… work in conditions that denies fundamental principles and rights at work, put at risk the lives, health, freedom, human dignity and security of workers or keep households in conditions of extreme poverty”. More…
Last week staff and post-graduate students of the School attended the Biennial Conference of the Economic Society of South Africa at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. They had a great time networking with other academics and listening to the latest research.
In total 11 papers were presented:
Sandra Makumbirofa and Andrea Saayman, Willingness to pay for common pool resources: A comparison between Ponta do Oura and Portofino.
Nik Theodore, Derick Blaauw, Anmar Pretorius and Rinie Schenck, The socioeconomic integration of migrant and native-born day labourers in Tshwane, South Africa.
Michelle Monique Meixieira Groenewald, Carike Claassen and Derick Blaauw, A cross country analysis of the relationship between ethnic tolerance and trust, and economic freedom. More…
Over the past month, staff members of the School have been traveling!
Prof Sonja Grater was invited to take part in two workshops arranged by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), held in Divonne-les-Bains, France, on the 13th and 14th of June 2017. The first day was dedicated to forming a Gender Advisory Group for the ICTSD that could assess the current work that has been done by the ICTSD on trade and gender equality, and also plan several ways forward for further research projects on this topic. The group will revisit the progress that has been made in September 2017. The second day was a broader seminar focussed on the role of private sustainability standards in global value chains and understanding the impact that it has on realising sustainable development and growth. The group that attended this session will also be working together on possible further research into this topic.
After attending the International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA’s) 27th International Conference at the Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan, Poland, Anmar Pretorius and Derick Blaauw traveled to the Jönköping University in Sweden. There they met colleagues from the Economics Department. The type and scope of data available to scholars in Sweden was just mind boggling. The Department has access to a panel of 25 years covering each individual citizen and firm level data. Scholars from the United States and several other countries regularly visit the Department to work with the rich data set.
Anmar and Derick also met up with a former colleague from Monash South Africa, Prof Adele Berndt, who is currently working at the Jönköping International Business School. The aim of the visit was to discuss possible research synergies in the field of renewable energy projects (both in Sweden and in South Africa) and investigate other possible research opportunities for the future. The outcome was several productive brainstorming and work sessions over a five day period. A possible project, working title and timeline for the research has been identified and the corroboration will be taken further in due course.