School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar

Title: Decentralisation, Governance and Municipal Budgeting in Brazil, S.A. India and Peru

Speaker: Glen Robbins (SoBEDS, UKZN)

Date: 25th February, 2015

Time: 12h30 – 13h50

Seminar Room F213, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Memorial Tower Building, UKZN. Google maps: -29.866933,30.981963

Glen Robbins is a graduate of the former University of Natal and has an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Sussex.  He is registered for a PhD at the University of Amsterdam and is a part time academic and freelance specialist researcher in regional and local economic development with a focus on regional and city economic development strategies, infrastructure planning and financing and trade and industrial policy.  Previously he headed up the Economic Development and City Enterprises functions in the eThekwini Municipality (Durban).  In 2003 he joined what was then the School of Development Studies at UKZN and has been involved in teaching and research at the University since then, most recently as an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies.  He has contributed journal articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from municipal infrastructure investment to industrial policy, regional infrastructure and local economic development.  He has also authored and co-authored reports for the Cities Alliance, UNCTAD, ILO and other multi-lateral bodies as well as local and international NGOs.  He also serves on the KwaZulu-Natal Planning Commission and on the advisory panel of the State of African Cities work group of the African Centre for Cities at UCT.  More recently he has worked with UKZN colleagues on the Chance2Sustain project researching fast growing cities in the global south.  The seminar is a presentation of research collaboration falling under this project.  Further project information can be obtained at

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