Policy Research in International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM), School of Economics, University of Cape Town

Policy Research in International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) is a research and policy unit located within the School of Economics. PRISM provides a lens to focus research and policy work broadly on issues of globalization, trade and industrialization. It is home to a number of related research activities, projects and programmes focused around the following issues: globalisation; global value chains; industrialisation; industrial policy; international trade; foreign investment; the defence industry; governance and economic policy; commodities and resource based industrialisation; infrastructure development; knowledge intensive services and innovation; employment intensive growth; international competitiveness of firms and clusters; China's economic impact on Africa; regulatory frameworks for trade, services and sectors; the distributional gains of industrial growth. Another feature of PRISM's work has been its applied focus, responding to economic policy questions issues in South Africa, the rest of Africa and beyond. PRISM is managed by a Steering Committee consisting of senior academics.  PRISM is located in the School of Economics. PRISM research and policy activities are focused around the following issues:  Globalisation and industrialization development International trade and foreign investment Governance and economic policy Commodities and resource based linkage industrialization Innovation and upgrading in developing countries Industrial policy and development International competitiveness of firms and sectors Clusters and learning networks, China's economic impact on Africa Regulatory frameworks for trade, services and sectors, The distributional gains of industrial growth. PRISM is intended to operate as a broad and eclectic research network creating a community of researchers with overlapping research interests as well as resources, including data. It is intended to encourage them to share ideas, work-in-progress, and interact on common issues. An important objective is to provide a focal point for post graduate students who have an interest in these issues to find a research home. PRISM will allow staff and students to interact around common themes, be a vehicle to publish working papers, encourage journal article publication, and team up to secure research contracts.  Whilst the intended geographical spread of work is designed to be broad, the research and policy focus aims at making PRISM the centre of excellence in Southern Africa for research and policy work on international services and manufacturing. 
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  • South Africa (headquarters)
  • Cape Town
  • Rondebosch Cape Town, Western Cape 7710