Last week Anmar Pretorius presented a paper “Stock market integration of emerging markets: A factor analysis” at the 13th INFINITI conference on international finance held at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 8-9 June 2015. The co-author of the paper is Prof Alain Kabundi.
Derick Blaauw attended the tenth Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, held at the University of Split in Split, Croatia from 11-14 June 2015. The special focus of the conference was: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contemporary Social Change”. He presented a paper entitled: “The Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) of Waste Pickers in the Free State Province of South Africa”. The paper was co-authored by Anmar Pretorius from the NWU School of Economics as well as two external corroborators namely: Prof. Rinie Schenck, HOD of the Department of Social Work, University of the Western Cape and Dr. Kotie Viljoen from the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. The paper provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the SWB of particularly vulnerable and marginalised sections in South Africa’s informal economy by incorporating variables from the international literature in a South African context. The paper was received very well and will now be readied for submission to an accredited journal.
Derick shared the session with Prof Jutta Gutberlet (University of Victoria in Canada). She is a renowned scholar in the field of recycling in the informal economy in Brazil. They discussed possible areas of research and we hope this will have tangible results in the not too distant future.