Vusi Gumede Academy & Research is an intellectual project and professional network where individuals can discuss analytical questions, issues and exchange different views and perspectives.
To Think Through Socio-Economic and Political Issues in Africa and the World at Large.
Professor Vusi Gumede, a former Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a former Chief Policy Analyst in the Thabo Mbeki administration, is Professor at the University of South Africa. He was also Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (2013-2018).
He has published 2 books on the political economy of South Africa – the first was published by CODESRIA Press in 2015 and the second one was published by CAMBRIA Press in 2016 – and he is finalizing a third one. He has also edited seven books on the political economy of development in Africa and published numerous journal papers, book chapters and essays. He is Editor-in-Chief of Africa Insight and Africanus as well as having guest edited various special issues (including Africa Development). His postgraduate training is in policy studies and economics – he holds a PhD in Economics (completed in 2003) from the erstwhile University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal). He has led many significant research projects (funded by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Open Society Foundation, TrustAfrica, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, International Labour Organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Research Foundation in South Africa, etc).
Prof Gumede is affiliated with numerous institutions as board or committee member or a fellow or advisor, including as member of various editorial boards of journals (i.e. the Indian Human Development Journal, the International African Affairs Quarterly, the International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, AFRICANUS: Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of African Humanities and Social Science and the Journal of African Studies and Development) and as a Fellow with the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection and the Center for the Advanced Study of African Society as well as the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies. He has also been, among other things, a Distinguished Africanist Scholar with the Institute for African Development at Cornell University and a Yale World Fellow with Yale University, among other fellowships and/or visiting scholarships. Professor Gumede also serves in various professional bodies, including as Deputy President of the South African Association of Political Studies National Council.
Among highlights of Prof Gumede’s career is that he completed a Doctoral degree in Economics at the age of 26 and he was part of the first Technical Committee that worked on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) assisting Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu (who was special advisor to former President Thabo Mbeki and later Head of the NEPAD Secretariat). In government, among other things, Prof Gumede worked in Ministry of Trade & Industry as an Economic Advisor and also as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Public Enterprises. While a Chief Policy Analyst in the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services in the Presidency, he worked on many important policy and research initiatives. Consequently, Prof Gumede features, in the early 2000s, in the American Biographical Institute and in Who’s Who of Southern Africa. In 2010 he was featured among the Destiny Magazine’s Top 40 at 40 (40 young South Africans below the age of 40 who have achieved significantly in their respective careers). In 2008 Prof Gumede featured in the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans. Prof Gumede became professor at the age of 35. Prof Gumede was also Chairman of Southern Africa Trust and he is the Board member of ActionAid South Africa.
Since joining the academic sector in 2010, Prof Gumede has published over 20 book chapters and journal papers over and above numerous essays, blogs and opinion articles – and he is the external examiner for the universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Witwatersrand. He has undertaken/led many major research projects, the recent ones being studies on Illicit Financial Flows in Southern Africa as well as Migration and Regional Integration in Africa (projects funded by substantial research grants). He has also been working on Human Development in South Africa, a research project funded by the National Research Foundation’s Human Development Center of Excellence. Prof Gumede is also associated with various South African universities, including as an Honorary Professor with the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business where he teaches Economics. Prof Gumede has supervised to completion fifteen Masters and Doctoral students so far.