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  • 2021: Kaizen in the South African Automotive Component Industry

    Researchers: Anthony Black in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS).

    Phase 1 is a baseline survey of 200 automotive component firms. (Phase 1 budget R964,780).

    Project delayed due to Covid-19.

  • 2019 - 2021: Tanzanian clothing and textile industry (ongoing)

    Researchers: Mike Morris

    UNCTAD (ongoing)

  • 2018 - 2021: Tendering sustainable transitions on renewable energy in South Africa (ongoing)

    Researchers: Mike Morris, Glen Robbins, Ivan Nygaard and Ulrich Hansen

    DANIDA (ongoing)

  • 2020: Indicators of Technological Change

    Researchers: David Kaplan

    Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)

  • 2020: Industrial Development Strategy/Blueprint for Namibia

    Researchers: Mike Morris

    Namibia Industrial Development Agency

  • 2019 - 2020: The Cape Town CTFL manufacturing industry: assessing the opportunities and challenges

    Researchers: Jake Morris, Courtney Barnes and Mike Morris

    City of Cape Town

  • 2019: UNU-WIDER Research Programme ‘Regional growth and development for southern Africa’s prosperity’

    Researchers: Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards, Ruth Gorven and Willard Mapulanga

    Agro-processing, value chains and regional integration in southern Africa.

  • 2019: Report on the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation (G.STIC) 2019 Conference: An Exploration of the Potential Engagement of the International Science Council (ISC) with the Private Sector

    Researchers: David Kaplan

    International Science Council (Paris)

  • 2019: A Review of South Africa’s Industrial Policy

    Researchers: David Kaplan

    Center for Development and Enterprise (CDE)

  • 2015 - 2019: Fellowship (5 days per annum). Various projects

    Researchers: David Kaplan

    Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)

  • 2018: Regional Integration for the Prosperity of Africa: A developmental regionalism approach to the AfCFTA

    Researchers: Faizel Ismail, Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards and Mike Morris


  • 2018: UNU-WIDER Research Programme ‘Regional growth and development for southern Africa’s prosperity’

    Researchers: Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards, Faizel Ismail, Brian Makundi, and Mike Morris. 

    Outputs include WIDER Working Paper, ‘Spreading the gains? Prospects and policies for the development of regional value chains in the automotive and food/retailing sectors in Southern Africa’

  • 2018: South Africa’s Automotive Supply Chain: Current Position and Prospects for Employment 

    Researcher: Anthony Black. 

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (R279,000)

  • 2018: Green economy dynamics in South African Supermarkets

    Researchers: Mike Morris


  • 2018: Downstream Linkages in the Mining Industry: Extractives Led Local Economic Diversification Framework

    Researchers: David Kaplan

    Engineers without borders, Canada

  • 2018: Digital Industrial Policy Issues

    Researcher: Anthony Black. 

    Contributed to Digital Industrial Policy Framework and policy briefs on electric cars and the Cape Town IT cluster. Industrial Development Think Tank, University of Johannesburg 

  • 2017: Structural change in the automotive industry

    Researcher: Anthony Black (with Justin Barnes and Lorenza Monaco) 

    Investigated structural change in the automotive sector. Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT) (R400,000)

  • 2017: Policies to Support High Performance Firms: A Brief Guide

    Researchers: David Kaplan

    United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

  • 2016 - 2017: Local Economic Development Assistance Programme in iLembe: Value Chain and Cluster Development

    Researchers: Mike Morris, David Perkins, Belynda Petrie and Duncan Pringle

    Swiss SECO-UNIDO

  • 2016 - 2017: Developing Local Suppliers in the Retail Sector in South Africa

    Researchers: David Kaplan and Mike Morris

    South Africa DTI and TIPS

  • 2015-2017: The impact of international trade on local labour market outcomes in post-Apartheid South Africa

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards

    NRF - Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR)

  • 2015-2017: Matched Employee-Employer Panel-Data for Labour Market Analysis in Zimbabwe project

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards, Rob Davies, Albert Makochekanwa (U Zim); Remco Oostendorp (Vrije University), Neil Rankin (Stellenbosch)

    Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM/LIC) funded by DFID and IZA

  • 2015-2017: Growth and Women: Pathways for Shared Prosperity (UCT grant id 22859)

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards, Asha Sundaram, Refilwe Lepelle

    IDRC through Georg-August-University Göttingen Public Law Foundation

  • 2016: Firm Survival in the Face of Economic Crises: A Tracer Study of Zimbabwean Manufacturing Firms from the early 1990s

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards, Rob Davies, Albert Makochekanwa (U Zim); Remco Oostendorp (Vrije University), Neil Rankin (Stellenbosch)

    Low-income countries, DFID

  • 2016: Support to the 2016 EU-SADC Policy Dialogue on future economic partnership and cooperation

    Researchers: Mike Morris, David Kaplan and Raphael Kaplinsky

    EU and SADC

  • 2016: Diversifying Lesotho’s manufacturing economy: Automotive components mini-study Study for the Government of Lesotho

    Researchers: Anthony Black


  • 2016:The Cost of Civil War for Fragile States

    Researchers: J Paul Dunne and Nan Tian

    African Economic Research Consortium

  • 2016: Conflict and Fragile States in Sub Saharan Africa

    Researchers: J Paul Dunne and Nan Tian

    African Development Bank

  • 2015-2016: Labour market policies, firm dynamics and export performance in South Africa

    Researchers: Neil Rankin (Stellenbosch) and Lawrence Edwards


  • 2015 - 2016: Supermarket Expansion in Southern Africa

    Researchers: Mike Morris and David Kaplan


  • 2015 - 2016: Mining suppliers in Southern Africa

    Researchers: Mike Morris, David Perkins, Masuma Farooki, Judith Fessehaie and Alex O’ Riordan


  • 2014-2016: Trade, firms and labour demand in manufacturing: Firm performance and employment responses to import competition in South Africa

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards and Asha Sundararm


  • 2015: Sustainable Development, Value Chain and Sector Dynamics in Ethiopia’s Export Apparel and Textile Sector

    Researchers: Cornelia Staritz and Mike Morris


  • 2014 - 2015: South Africa’s Development Cooperation with Mozambique: Implications for the South African Development Partnership Agency

    Researchers: Mike Morris, Alex O’Riordan, Thomas McLennan and Lucy Martin

    Open Society

  • 2014 - 2015: The Political Economy of Renewable Energy in South Africa

    Researchers: Mike Morris and Lucy Martin

    IDS, Sussex, DFID

  • 2014: Developing Industry Clusters and Supply Chains to support Diversification and Sustainable Development of Exports in Africa

    Researchers: Mike Morris and Raphael Kaplinsky

    African Export Import Bank

  • 2014: Industrial Development in the Madagascar Export Apparel Sector

    Researchers: Mike Morris and Cornelia Staritz


  • 2014: AGOA Rules: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Special Fabric Provisions

    Researchers: Robert Lawrence & Lawrence Edwards

    National Bureau of Economic Research

  • 2013: Identifying and developing sustainable interventions to promote non-automotive industries in the Eastern Cape

    Researchers: David Kaplan and Mike Morris

    National Treasury

  • 2013: Price integration in low-income countries: market structure and retail price setting behaviour in Lesotho

    Researchers: Mamello Nchake (PI) and Lawrence Edwards

    Private Enterprise Development in Low-income countries, DFID

  • 2013: Trade, Competitiveness and Integration in Zimbabwe

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards

    World Bank

  • 2013: Private sector growth in marginalized localities in South Africa

    Researchers: Lawrence Edwards

    World Bank

  • 2013: Optimizing South African road construction and maintenance with shadow prices

    Researchers: Matthew Townshend and Don Ross

    The research is intended to strengthen the road appraisal process in South Africa. Authorities will be provided with a method to identify and measure the full set of costs and benefits associated with road investment. Currently, many costs and benefits are either overlooked or included subjectively given estimation difficulties. Community participation is another important input that must be effectively incorporated into the appraisal process. Detailed cost-benefit analysis can then be used to prioritise and guide road investment - an important outcome given budget constraints and the heavy maintenance backlogs facing road authorities

  • 2012 - 2013: Reaping the Benefits of Value Addition in the Commodities Sector in Africa

    Researchers: Mike Morris and Judith Fessehaie


  • 2011 - 2014: Towards employment intensive growth in South Africa

    Researcher: Anthony Black

    Funded by South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) (R668,000). The main output was an edited volume entitled "Towards Employment Intensive Growth in South Africa", published by UCT press. Can be found under books section

  • 2010: Chinese Competition and the Restructuring of South African Manufacturing

    L. Edwards is overseas co-ordinator of this project and working with R. Jenkins at the University of East Anglia in the UK. It is funded by ESRC (UK) (£62,000).

  • 2009 - 2012 - Making the Most of Commodities Program for Africa – industrialization and linkages

    Project Leaders – M. Morris, D. Kaplan, R Kaplinsky, comprising 14 additional researchers examining industrialization opportunities arising from backward and forward linkages to commodity sectors in eight African countries, funded by International Development Research Centre of Canada (CAD$600,000), Hewlett Foundation ($136 000), Oppenheimer Award (R300 000). Output thus far is 14 Discussion Papers, Special Issue of Resources Policy (forthcoming 2012) and a book by project leaders 2012.

  • 2009: African Clothing and Footwear Research Network: Adjusting to Chinese Ascendancy in the Global Clothing Industry

    Examines dimensions, variations, sources and limits of Post-MFA stabilisation in African clothing exports. M. Morris is expert adviser and Southern Africa coordinator, project headquartered in IDS, University of Nairobi, Funded by IDRC (CAD$600 000).