Ross H.

South Africa


I'm a Senior Researcher at the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA). I examine how mineral and hydrocarbon rents could improve economic performance across African countries, given the probability of poor development outcomes in the absence of strong institutions. Pursuing a PhD in Economics at UCT's School of Economics, trying to explain institutional divergence in two African Petro-states (Nigeria and Angola) Previously worked in parliament as a research and communications officer. Have lectured and taught at both undergrad and graduate levels at the University of Cape Town. My fields of interest are public policy, institutional economics and international political economy. Prior to receiving the UCT lecturing post, I interned for SAIIA, writing a review of the "Resource Curse" literature. In 2007, I worked for the City of Cape Town's Economic Development Department. Specialties: Research, writing, teaching and presentation/public speaking.


  • climate change
  • economic policy
  • mining
  • planning / policies / institutions
  • democracy
  • angola
  • nigeria
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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