Publications and Research Outputs
The Sub-Regional Office of the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) is hosting the 37th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts of Centre Africa (ICE) from 6-10 December 2021 in Brazzaville, Congo. I led the team that wrote the background paper for this meeting, comprising Prof Desta Mebratu (Ethiopia) and Anton Cartwright (South Africa). Entitled “A trip to 2030: Fostering Leadership and Transformative Change for Economic Diversification in Central Africa”, I used this opportunity to take further our thinking in CST’s governance research group that is linking relational governance, political settlements theory and ‘institutional work’ approaches. This made it possible to address the leadership challenge in Africa without resorting to simplistic arguments about ’lack of political will’ and the ‘need for new leadership’. This institutionalist perspective is heavily influenced by the new African literature on political settlements. We can only circulate this 90 page paper after the conference. I am excited about this work. Unfortunately, I personally cannot attend, but Desta Mebratu and Gael Giraud will be present, and Edgar Pieterse is delivering an online talk.
See Chapter 27 of this great new book on the South African economy – co-authored with Nina Callaghan, State-Owned Enterprises in South Africa. In The Oxford Handbook on the South African Economy
Working to align energy transitions and social equity: An integrative framework linking institutional work, imaginaries and energy justice
Title: Working to align energy transitions and social equity: An integrative
framework linking institutional work, imaginaries and energy justice
Authors: Jesse Hoffman , Megan Davies , Thomas Bauwens b, Philipp Sp¨ath , Maarten A. Hajer,
Bleta Arifi , Amir Bazaz , Mark Swilling
Journal: Energy Research and Social Science
Article published in Daily Maverick on 21 June 2021
This concept paper was prepared for the Club of Rome on the initiative of the Co-Chair, Mamphela Ramphele. Rika Preiser and I from the CST did the heavy lifting based on months of discussion by a group of Africans from different parts of Africa convened by Mamphela in her Co-Chair capacity. It was fun to write this paper with Mamphela, Rika and others to express some of the more recent decolonial literature in a (hopefully) accessible format.