Ela Bhatt Visiting Professorship

Current

WS 2019/20: Dr. Iqrar A. Khan

Dr. Iqrar A. Khan is a Distinguished National Professor.  He earned his PhD from the University of California, Riverside. He released a potato- and 10 mango varieties in Pakistan, and contributed to the discovery of new botanical varieties of wheat in Oman. He has authored 370 publications, including a 2018 book on Sustainable Agriculture. He drafted Punjab Agriculture Policy. As Vice Chancellor, he revamped UAF academics, research/innovation, outreach and internationalization. UAF had emerged in top 100 universities as ranked by the QS/NTU subject rankings.  He founded five new universities and sub-campuses and a Center of Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security.
 
He is a recipient of Pakistan civil award Sitara-e-Imtiaz and “Ordre des Palmes Académiques” with the grade of Officer by French Government.

WS 2019/20: Dr. Nicolas Pons-Vignon

AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION
Political economy of development; Economic policy, especially industrial policy; State restructuring and neoliberalism; Labour precarity and corporate restructuring; Trade unions in transformation.


Dr Nicolas Pons-Vignon
is Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Economic and Finance, where he co-ordinates the Masters in Applied Development Economics, South Africa’s only pluralist economics programme. He is the founding editor of the Global Labour Column and started the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) in 2007. He has taught at numerous universities and engaged in policy research ranging from industrial policy to minimum wages. Before moving to South Africa in 2004, he worked at the OECD Development centre in Paris, where he researched the link between land and violent conflict. He has a PhD from EHESS (Paris) and a Masters from SOAS (London).


Selected recent publications

  • with Mark Anner and Uma Rani (2019)  ‘A critique of the World Bank’s report The changing nature of work’, Global Labour Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1.
  • with Susan Hayter (2018) ‘Industrial relations and inclusive development in South Africa: A dream deferred?’, in S. Hayter and S. Lee (eds.) Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies, London and Geneva: ILO and Edward Elgar.
  • (2015) ‘Caught in the Grip of the Market: Agricultural and Forestry Workers in Post-apartheid South Africa’, in Carlos Oya & Nicola Pontara (eds.), Rural Wage Employment in Developing Countries: Theory, Evidence and Policy, London: Routledge
  • with Aurelia Segatti (2013) ‘Stuck in Stabilisation? South Africa’s post-apartheid macro-economic policy between ideological conversion and technocratic capture’, Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 40, No. 138.

Past

SS 2019: Dr. Vishwas Satgar

AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION

Civilisational Crisis, Empire, African political economy, South African International Relations, Transnational Systemic Alternatives and Emancipatory Futures

Dr. Vishwas Satgar is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, editor of the Democratic Marxism Series, principal investigator for the  Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene project. He chairs the board of the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Center and has been the co-founder of numerous campaigns, the most recent being the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and the Climate Justice Charter Process. He has been an activist for over 3 decades in South Africa.

Selected recent publications
He recently edited Racism After Apartheid – Challenges for Marxism and Anti-racism (2019, WITS University Press) and Cooperatives in South Africa-Advancing Solidarity Economy Pathways From Below (2019, UKZN Press).

SS 2018: Prof. Dr. Anjum Munir

Anjum Munir is an Associate Professor/ Chairman at the department of Energy Systems Engineering at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. In 2010, he received his PhD from the University of Kassel. For the time being he is involved in a project on "Development of solar assisted multi-crop dryers and energy efficient storage structures for value addition and food security".

      SS 2018: Prof. Eleonor Faur

      AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION
      Gender and Public Policies, with specialization in Care Policies and Welfare, and Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

      Eleonor Faur is an Associate Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales, National University of San Martín (IDAES- UNSAM), and a Researcher at the Center for Social Research, based at the Institute for Economic and Social Development (CIS-IDES).  During her career, her interests combined social research and teaching with policy dialogue, program design and management. Before joining the University, she led UNFPA’s Argentina Country Office for almost 7 years, and served as Programe Coordinator for UNICEF and UNDP in Colombia and Argentina. She is a sociologist and holds a PhD. in Social Sciences by FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales).

        SS 2018: Prof. Carlos Salas

        Carlos Salas was born in Mexico and currently lives in Brazil, where he is a Guest Professor at Cesit/IE Unicamp.

        His research interest lie in the area of labor economics and development, in particular in Latin American countries. He has done research on micro economic units, informal sector, precariousness and job segregation, with particular emphasis on gender issues.

            WS 2017/18: Prof. Dr. Devan Pillay

            AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION
            Trade unions and working class politics, South African politics, ecological Marxism, development studies.

            Devan Pillay is currently head of the department of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand (on sabbatical). Before joining the university in 2001 he worked for the South African Labour Bulletin, and the National Union of Mineworkers, as well as stints at the University of Durban (UDW) as Director of Social Policy and national government as a Director of Policy (GCIS).  He was active in the anti apartheid struggle, and spent time in prison.

            WS 2017: Prof. Praveen Jha

            AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION
            Political Economy of Development, with particular reference to Labour, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Public Finance, Education, and History of Economic Thought.

            Praveen Kumar Jha, Professor of Economics and currently Chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CISLS), is with the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. 

            He obtained his MA in Economics and later his PhD in Economics in 1984 and 1996 respectively at the Center for Economics Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to joining the Center as a Professor, he taught at St. Stephen´s College, University of Delhi and at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. He has been a Visiting Fellow to several Institutions / Universities, including University of Bremen (Germany); Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China); Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa) and African Institute of Agrarian Studies, Harare (Zimbabwe); International Labour Organisation, Geneva and Kassel University (Germany).  He has also been associated with several research studies with the UN institutions such as the ILO, the UNICEF, the UNDP, the FAO etc. He is one of the Editors of a tri-continental journal, Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy as well as on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics.

            WS 2016/2017: Associated Prof. Dr. Akua O. Britwum

            AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION
            Gender and Labour Studies

            Akua Opokua Britwum is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cape Coast. She holds a PhD from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She obtained her first and second degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cape Coast. Her research and publications cover sexual harassment, the economics of violence against women, gender mainstreaming in Ghanaian Universities, gender and land rights, gender and leadership in trade unions, organising informal economy workers as well as trade union participation and representation.

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            SS 2016: Prof. Dr. K. N. Ganeshaiah

            Institution: University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore (India)

            Specialization: Plant Reproductive Ecology, Conservation Biology, Insect Behaviour & Crop Breeding

            SS 2016: Prof. Dr. Joseph Matofari

            Specialization: Food Science, Food microbiology, (Food safety and Food biotechnology)

            Institution: Egerton University, Kenya

            Trained scientist in applied Sciences specializing in microbiology (Food microbiology‐Safety), has conducted applied research in applied microbiology related to current and emerging issues in food safety and value addition in developing countries especially in sub‐Saharan Africa. Matofari's main research interest is food safety, food biotechnology and value addition in emerging and traditional biotechnologies related to food security, livelihoods and environmental conservation.

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            WS 2015/2016: Prof. Dr. William Baah-Boateng

            AREA OF RESEARCH/SPECIALIZATION
            Analysis of the labour market and labour relations, poverty and gender issues, SME development, and development economics in the Department of Economics, University of Ghana

            WS 2015/2016: Prof. Dr. Gaochao He

            Prof. Dr. Gaochao He is the Co-Director of the International Center for Joint Labor Research in the Department of political science - Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

            WS 2014/2015: Prof. Dr. Goradana Kranjac-Berisavljevic

            Prof. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering.

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            University for Development Studies

            Prof. Dr. Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic

            Post Office Box TL 1350

            Tamale, Ghana

            novagordanak[at]gmail.com

            SS 2014: Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams

            Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg South Africa and chair person for the Global Labour University Programme (GLU) at Wits.

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            University of the Witwatersrand

            Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams

            Address:

            1 Jan Smuts Avenue
            Braamfontein 2000
            Johannesburg 2000
            South Africa

            Michelle.Williams[at]wits.ac.za

            WS 2013/2014: Prof. Dr. Paulo Baltar

            Paulo Baltar is Professor at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil and works in the field of labour economics.

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            Universidade Estadual de Campinas
            Prof. Dr. Paulo Baltar

            Campus Universitário Zeferino Vaz
            Barão Geraldo, Campinas
            SP, 13083-970
            Brazil

            pbaltar[at]eco.unicamp.br

            SS 2013: Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik†

            Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmikhttp://www.wiego.org/wiego/tribute-sharit-bowmik was a professor of labour studies and Dean of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.

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            Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India)

            Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik
            School of Management and Labour Studies
            Tata Institute of Social Sciences
            Deonar,
            Mumbai 400 088, India


            WS: 2012/2013: Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy

            Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy is a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Agriculture in Bangalore, India.

            Homepage

            Website of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Agriculture (Bangalore, India)

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            University of Agriculture, Bangalore, India
            Dr. B. V. Chinnappa Reddy

            Department of Agricultural Economics
            Agriculture College
            University of Agricultural Sciences GKVK
            Bangalore-560 065, India

            bvchinnappareddy[at]gmail.com, batlahalli[at]yahoo.com 

            WS: 2011/2012: Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik†

            Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik was a professor of labour studies and Dean of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.

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            Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, India)

            Prof. Dr. Sharit K. Bhowmik

            School of Management and Labour Studies

            Tata Institute of Social Sciences

            Deonar,

            Mumbai 400 088, India

            WS 2011/2012: Prof. Dr. Sakhela Maxwell Buhlungu

            Sakhela Maxwell Buhlungu is currently dean of humanities at the University of Cape Town vice chancellor and the University of Fort Hare.

            Home Info

            University of Fort Hare
            Prof. Dr. Juan Sakhela Buhlungu

            General Address of University of Fort Hare
            Private Bag X1314
            Alice 5700
            South Africa

            Sakhela.Buhlungu[at]up.ac.za

            SS 2011: Prof. Dr. Juan José Jimenez-Osornio

            Juan J. Jimenez-Osornio is a professor at the Campus of Biological and Agricultural Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán.

            Home Info

            Universdad Autónoma de Yucatan

            Prof. Dr. Juan José Jimenez-Osornio

            Edificio Central Calle 60
            No. 491-A por 57 (Centro Histórico) Mérida
            Yucatán, México C.P. 97000

             josornio[at]uady.mx

            WS 2010/2011: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Younas

            Dr. Muhammad Younas was formerly a professor and Dean (2007-2010) of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry at the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

            Home Info

            University of Agriculture Faisalabad
            Prof. Dr. Muhammad Younas

            Jail Road
            Faisalabad 38040
            Pakistan

            m_younas[at]uaf.edu.pk

            WS 2009/2010: Prof. Edward Webster

            Edward Webster is a professor emeritus from the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He is currently a research professor for the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP).

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            University of the Witwatersrand

            Prof. Edward Webster

            1 Jan Smuts Avenue

            Braamfontein 2000

            Johannesburg

            South Africa

            edward.webster[at]wits.ac.za