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Ivan Turok

South Africa

NRF Research Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow


Ivan holds the SA NRF Chair in City-Region Economies at the University of the Free State and is Distinguished Research Fellow at the HSRC. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. He is an Editor of the journals ‘Area Development and Policy’ and 'Development Southern Africa'. He was recently the Chairman of the City Planning Commission for Durban. Ivan is an urban and regional economist/planner with over 30 years’ experience of research, teaching and policy advice. He is an occasional adviser to the United Nations, OECD, African Development Bank, UNECA and several national governments. He was a member of the Expert Panel that prepared the IUDF. He is the author of over 150 academic publications, journal articles, book chapters and books. His research covers various aspects of city and regional development, labour markets, urbanisation, urban transformation, national urban policy and affordable housing. His latest jointly-edited book is called Transitions in Regional Economic Development (2018, Routledge). He also co-authored Inclusive Urban Development in South Africa: What Does It Mean and How Can it be Measured? (IDS Working Paper, 2018).