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
Vusi Gumede is a Professor at the University of South Africa and Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg.
He worked for the South African government in various capacities for about 12 years: Advisor in the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Special Advisor to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Senior Economist in the President’s Office and Chief Policy Analyst in the Policy Unit during the Thabo Mbeki administration as well as Researcher for the Department of Trade & Industry’s small enterprise development agency.
Before that, he was a researcher at the National Institute for Economic Policy. He also taught economics at the University of Durban-Westville where he obtained his Masters of Commerce in Economics. He is affiliated with numerous institutions as board or committee member or a fellow or advisor, including as member of the National Council of the South African Association of Political Studies and of Afrocentricity International.
He is a member of editorial boards of the following journals: the Indian Human Development Journal, the International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of African Humanities and Social Science and the Journal of African Studies and Development (including as Editor-in-Chief for Africa Insight & Interim Editor-in-Chief for Africanus). 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. He holds postgraduate qualifications in economics and policy studies, including a PhD in economics obtained in 2003 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Since joining the academic sector in 2010, he has published 2 single-authored books on South Africa and he is finalizing a third one, co-edited 5 books focusing on Africa’s political economy, edited 2 books, guest edited 2 special issues of journals, and he has published numerous journal papers, book chapters, essays and written many opinion articles and blogs.
He has also been involved with significant research programmes of institutions such as the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, International Labour Office, European Commission in South Africa, African Union Commission, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Open Society Foundation, TrustAfrica and Overseas Development Institute.