Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 133

Faculty highlights
HIGHLIGHTS from June 2015 to June 2016
New leadership appointments
Two South African Labour Development Research Unit
(SALDRU) associates were asked to play broader national
and international roles based on their research strengths
and extensive policy commitments.
Dr Cecil Mlatsheni was appointed by the Minister of
Labour to the Employment Conditions Commission.
Prof Ingrid Woolard was appointed to work on the
eminent International Panel on Social Progress.
In 2015, Prof Haroon Bhorat (director of the Development
Policy Research Unit) was invited to be: non-resident
senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, director on the
Board of the Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment
Promotion Agency (WESGRO), research fellow at the
Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), a member of the
United Nations, World Health Organisation’s High Level
Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth
and advisor on the South African Parliament’s High Level
Panel on acceleration of change and transformation.
Prof Murray Leibbrandt, director of SALDRU, was elected
a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa
Assoc Prof Kanshukan Rajaratnam (finance and
tax) was inaugurated into the South African Young
Academy of Sciences.
Assoc Prof Ilse Lubbe (College of Accounting) has
been appointed deputy editor of the SA Journal of
Accounting Research.
General highlights
The School of Management Studies hosted an international
conference at UCT, with participants from 30 countries.
Master’s students
Master’s graduates
increased – from
1 888 (2014) to
2 921 (2015), of
whom 591 were
PhD students
PhD graduates
An all-time
record high
PhD graduates
The School of Economics hosted the International
Network for Economic Methodology conference.
CITANDA hosts the extension of a €3+million project to
research and develop an Enterprise System education
programme for the African continent.
The African Collaboration for Quantitative Finance
and Risk Research Unit (ACQuFRR) co-hosted the
financial mathematics team challenge with the
University College London.
The Centre for Information Technology and National
Development in Africa (CITANDA) hosted two
international conferences in 2015.
The Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and
Neuroeconomics (RUBEN) conducted field surveys and
experiments with 10 000 Danish gamblers and a large
sample of students from the USA.
The College of Accounting introduced a BCom (Hons)
with a research component.
A new project on Special Tax Zones was initiated by the
tax department, in collaboration with the International
Bureau for Fiscal Documentation. Academics in the tax
dept participated in the Marie Curie International Staff
Exchange Scheme (IRSES).
The fieldwork for the fourth wave of National Income
Dynamics Study (NIDS) was completed in 2015.
In 2015, SALDRU researchers trained more than 100 nonUCT South African graduate students, faculty members
and policy researchers in the use of the NIDS data for
policy analysis.
The Environment Policy Research Unit (EPRU)
received over R5 million from the Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency, Environment for
Development and the NRF.
Dr Andre Hofmeyr and Prof Harold Kincaid from
RUBEN were awarded R670 000 from the NRF to
explore the behavioural determinants of cigarette
The Centre for Actuarial Research, CITANDA & EPRU had
their accreditations renewed for a further period of five years.
Two new interdisciplinary and cross-faculty research
groupings were also established. These are: the UCT
Tax Institute for Fiscal Research; and the Data for
Development Institute.
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