Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Keynote Speaker - Professor Patrick Bond

African democratic currents during extreme economic crisis

Friday 4th December 6.00-7.30

Professor Patrick Bond is senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Development Studies, and since 2004 Director of the Centre for Civil Society.

A political economist, Patrick has longstanding research interests in issues of global governance and in national policy debates in South Africa. He has also undertaken applied research with urban communities and with economic and social justice movements in several countries. His work presently covers aspects of economic crisis, the environment (energy, water and climate change), social mobilization, public policy and geopolitics, with publications covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, the African continent and global-scale processes.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to host him as keynote speaker for the conference.

You can download the slides used in the Keynote speech here [PDF: 1.64MB]

You can also download an audio recording of the Keynote speech here [MP3: 23.7MB]

Patrick's books include:

  • Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments (co-edited with Rehana Dada and Graham Erion for Rozenberg Publishers and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2009)
  • A Pilhagem na África (South Links 2008)
  • Enclavity in African Economies: The Work of Guy Mhone (edited for Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa and International Development Economics Associates, 2007)
  • The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa: Rosa Luxemburg’s Contemporary Relevance (co-edited with Horman Chitonge and Arndt Hopfmann for CCS and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, 2007)
  • Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation (Zed Books and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006)
  • Talk Left, Walk Right: South Africa's Frustrated Global Reforms (UKZN Press, 2006)
  • Trouble in the Air: Global Warming and the Privatised Atmosphere (edited with Rehana Dada for CCS and the TransNational Institute, 2005)
  • Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa (UKZN Press and Pluto Press, 2005)
  • Fanon's Warning: A Civil Society Reader on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Africa World Press, CCS and AIDC, 2005)
  • Against Global Apartheid: South Africa meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance (Zed Books and the University of Cape Town Press, 2003)
  • Zimbabwe's Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice (co-authored with Masimba Manyanya for UKZN Press, Merlin Press, Weaver Press and Africa World Press, 2003)
  • Unsustainable South Africa: Environment, Development and Social Protest (UKZN Press and Merlin Press, 2002)
  • Cities of Gold, Townships of Coal: South Africa's New Urban Crisis (Africa World Press, 2000)
  • Uneven Zimbabwe: A Study of Finance, Development and Underdevelopment (Africa World Press, 1998)

Professor Patrick Bond - Biography

In service to the new South African government from 1994-2002, Patrick authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper. He held other positions with NGOs in Johannesburg (the National Institute for Economic Policy, 1996-97, and Planact, 1990-94); at the University of Zimbabwe's Department of Political and Administrative Studies (1989-90); and in Washington DC at the Institute for Policy Studies, and with several international trade unions (late 1980s). He was also active in the international anti-apartheid movement and US student and community movements.

Patrick currently also serves as visiting professor at Gyeongsang National University Institute of Social Sciences, South Korea. He is an external examiner at the University of Mauritius. He was visiting professor in 2009 at Suffolk University (Boston); in 2008 at State University of New York (Geneseo); in 2007 at Stellenbosch University; in 2006 at Chulalongkorn University's Focus on the Global South Course on Globalisation and Civil Society, Thailand; in 2005 at the Central European University Summer School, Budapest; in 2004 at the Africa University Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance, Zimbabwe; in 2003 at York University's Department of Political Science and Faculty of Environmental Sciences; and in 1999 at the Yokohama National University Department of Economics. He lectured from 1997-2004 at the University of the Witwatersrand's Graduate School of Public and Development Management, and was assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1994-95. He has presented lectures at more than 50 universities.

Patrick earned his doctorate in economic geography under the supervision of David Harvey at Johns Hopkins University (1985-92), following studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance (Philadelphia, 1983-85) and an undergraduate economics degree at Swarthmore College (Philadelphia, 1979-83). He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1961.

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