School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar

Title: “Talk left, walk right” in South African social policy: Tokenistic extension of state welfare versus bottom-up commoning of services. (Paper attached)

Speaker: Patrick Bond

Time: 12:30-13:50, 19 February 2014.

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

Patrick Bond is a political economist and senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies, where he directs the Centre for Civil Society. Working closely with activist organisations, he researches political ecology (especially climate, energy and water), economic crisis, social mobilisation, public policy and geopolitics. His authored and co-edited books include: Politics of Climate Justice (2012); Durban’s Climate Gamble (2011); Zuma’s Own Goal (2010); Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society (2009); The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa (2007); Looting Africa (2006); Talk Left, Walk Right (2006); Elite Transition (2005); and Fanon’s Warning (2005).

Planned seminars

5 Mar: Keith Hart ‘On regional free trade and protection: the case for an African customs union’

23 Apr: Ernest Khalema (HSRC), Catherine Ndinda (HSRC), Mohamed Vawda (BEDS), Lungelo Bhembe (BEDS), and Ndoda Zondo (BEDS). ‘Situational Analysis of Sexual Reproductive Health Issues in KZN & EC:  Challenges in Achieving Health Related-MDGs Pre-2015’

14 May: Mvu Ngcoya ‘Topic to be confirmed’

21 May: Daniela Casale ‘The relationship between early nutrition and cognitive outcomes in children of preschool age: Evidence from the South African Birth to Twenty Study’

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