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Head: Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit

John Reynolds Profile

Senior Researcher & Head: Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit

Dr John Reynolds

BA, BSocSc(Hons) (UCT), MSocSc, PhD (Rhodes)

E-mail: john.reynolds@ru.ac.za

Dr John Reynolds is the founding Head of the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU). Educated at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University, he has accumulated over twenty years of applied research and policy experience, including in areas such as provincial growth and development planning, local economic development, sector and enterprise development, human resource development planning, institutional/organisational development, health systems, water resource management, water services, land reform, livelihoods, communications management, social impact assessments, and public participation facilitation. John has worked in the Eastern Cape since 2000. In that time, he has built on his previous experience in the larger South and Southern Africa to focus increasingly on social and economic development research and facilitation, policy support, and critical reflection on the limits of policy challenge in the South African state. His work in the Eastern Cape has included substantive work on the Eastern Cape Provincial Growth and Development Plan 2004-2014 (on contract to the United Nations Development Programme) and the establishment and implementation of the Thina Sinako Provincial Local Economic Development Support Programme (financed by the European Union in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government).

John’s research interests include the state, development planning, state policy, the labour movement, economic policy, and the changing forms and organisation of work. Although he has authored numerous research and policy reports (including NALSU research reports), he delayed work on academic publications until after the completion of his PhD in 2014, with the exception of academic publications arising from his Honours and Master’s theses – the former in Social Science and Medicine.

In addition to his work on two books for which publishing contracts have been signed – one sole authored and one edited – John has published the following journal articles, book reviews and working papers since 2014.

Recent Publications:

Reynolds, J., (In Press). Development Planning in South Africa: Provincial Policy and State Power in the Eastern Cape. London: Zed Books.

Rogan, M. & Reynolds, J. (2017). Food poverty, hunger and household production in rural Eastern Cape households. REDI3x3 Working paper 29, February 2017. Cape Town: Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth (REDI), SALDRU, University of Cape Town.

Rogan, M. & Reynolds, J. (2016). “Schooling Inequality, Higher Education and the Labour Market: Evidence from a Graduate Tracer Study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa”. Development Southern Africa, 33 (3): 343-360.

Reynolds, J. (2016). “Neil Aggett: A man of the people”. Book review published in PINS [Psychology in Society], 50, 105-107.

Rogan, M. & Reynolds, J. (2015). Schooling inequality, higher education and the labour market: evidence from a graduate tracer study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. ISER Working Paper No. 2015/3. Grahamstown: Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University. [Also published as LMIP Working Paper 2 and findings presented at the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) 59th World Assembly held on 19-22 June 2015 in Tokyo, Japan]

Rogan, M. & Reynolds, J. (2015). The Working Poor in South Africa, 1997-2012, ISER Working Paper No. 2015/4. [Findings presented at the World Social Science Forum (WSSF) 2015 held on 13-16 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.]


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