Dr
Adelia Jansen van Rensburg
Job Title: 
Postdoctoral research fellow
Telephone: 
+27 18 285 2656
E-mail: 
Physical Address: 
Building E3, 144
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD International Trade, Certificate of Competence on Contemporary Diplomatic Practices and Protocols
Expertise: 
International Trade, SACU

 

Adelia Jansen van Rensburg is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the TRADE research focus area. She served as a diplomat for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia from 2010 to 2016 where she held the position of Trade Negotiations Coordinator. Her main responsibilities were helping to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of SACU's existing trade agreements and contributing to the negotiation of new arrangements. A key focus area in her work was the formulation of SACU’s economic and trade policy positions and mandates. She has written various papers in support of effective trade policy development and implementation in SACU and her research findings have been presented at a local, regional and international level.

Dr Jansen van Rensburg has a great deal of knowledge about the rules and technical aspects of trade, and regional economic integration experiences in different parts of the world. Her particular research interests include the fast-changing global trade environment, how trade policies can be optimised to suit different countries’ and regions’ circumstances, and the ideological tension between the multilateral trade policy approach advocated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the bilateral, regional and continental trade policy approaches evidenced in preferential trading arrangements.

She obtained her PhD in International Trade at the North-West University in 2009 and is a PhD scholarship holder. Since embarking on her Postdoctoral studies at the university, she has also been a part-time member of the School of Economics’ academic and research team and has facilitated and lectured various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Prof
Anmar Pretorius
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 285 2452
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 106
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
DCom Economics
Expertise: 
Financial economics, applied econometrics, local economic development, green energy

 

Anmar Pretorius is a lecturer in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She currently teaches Econometrics and is also coordinating the Honours students’ research essays.

Dr Pretorius has published in both local and international journals and has presented various papers at local and international conferences. Her research interests include financial economics, applied econometrics, local economic development and green energy. Her doctoral thesis investigated South Africa’s financial market integration with the rest of the world.

Dr Pretorius has also acted as a reviewer and discussant of papers for an international conference focusing on international finance, as well as a reviewer for local and international journals.

Convenor of the Economic development programme  

Dr
Carike Claassen
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 2643
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 136
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Economics
Expertise: 
Emerging market economies

Carike Claassen is a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She recently obtained her PhD in Economics with her thesis title being: 'The state of decoupling before and during the Great Recession'.

Dr Claassen's main research interest lies in understanding emerging market economies, but additional focus areas include business cycle co-movement between emerging markets and advanced economies, and the economic relations between China and Africa.

Ms
Carli Bezuidenhout
Job Title: 
Lecturer
Telephone: 
+27 18 285 2321
Physical Address: 
Building E3, 128
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
MCom International Trade
Expertise: 
Productivity and export success

 

Carli Bezuidenhout is a lecturer in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She lectures undergraduate courses in the degrees BCom Economics as well as BCom International Trade. She has also gained some years of practical experience in economic consulting before joining the University.

Her focus of research is on South African export behaviour at firm level, with a specific labour market focus. She is particularly interested in the employment premium and wage premium of exporting firms as well as the distribution of wages. She recently obtained her PhD in Economics at the North-West University on the topic of "Essays in export behaviour at firm-level".

Mr
David Dyason
Job Title: 
Lecturer: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1446
Physical Address: 
E3-104
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
MCom Economics
Expertise: 
Property economics, geographical economics and economic impact assessment

 

David Dyason is a lecturer in Economics in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He holds an MCom in Economics from the North-West University, which focused on manufacturing exports and transport costs from South Africa's secondary cities. David is currently busy with his PhD studies, which involve quantifying the economic impact of universities in South Africa.

Prior to joining the North-West University, David worked as a market analyst for Demacon Market Studies. Among the projects he worked on were: economic and socio-impact studies, mixed land use market assessments, local economic development plans, freight and corridor plans, and tourism-related studies. He is also a GIS specialist, with several years' experience in mapping and spatial analysis. 

Dr
David Spies
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 23
Physical Address: 
E3
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Agricultural Economics
Expertise: 
Agricultural economics

David Spies is a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus).

Dr Spies’ interests lie in the fields of production economics, value chain analysis, marketing and trade.  Through his work, he has made an important contribution to the South African red meat industry, both in the commercial as well as the informal sectors.  Future research work that Dr Spies is planning includes the improvement of agricultural productivity in the informal sector.

Prof
Derick Blaauw
Derick Blaauw
Job Title: 
Prof
Telephone: 
+27 18 285 2488
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 101C
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
DCom Economics
Expertise: 
Labour economics, Development economics

 

Derick Blaauw is a professor in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). Prior to taking up this position, he lectured Economics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and at the Soweto and Bloemfontein Campuses of Vista University.

Prof Blaauw’s research interests are mainly in the field of labour and development economics. His current work focuses on the socio-economic dynamics of vulnerable groups in the informal economy, such as car guards, day labourers and waste pickers. Other areas of research include the potential economic impact of green energy projects in the Northern Cape and the role of labour brokers in South Africa’s labour market.

Prof Blaauw has an extensive list of publications in accredited national and international journals, as well as conference and research papers presented at local and international events.

Prof
Ermie Steenkamp
Job Title: 
Associate Professor: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1479
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 130
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD International Trade
Expertise: 
International trade, Export promotion

Ermie Steenkamp is an associate professor in Economics and International Trade in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She completed her PhD on identifying export opportunities for South Africa with special reference to Africa.

Prof Steenkamp’s research focuses mainly on international market selection, the measurement of market accessibility and export promotion in South Africa, as well as the analysis of export potential on a provincial or sectoral level. Other interests include measuring the developmental impact of increased exports, especially on unemployment.

Dr
Ernst Idsardi
Ernst Idsardi
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 285 2324
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 101D
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD International Trade
Expertise: 
Agricultural development, international trade

 

Ernst Idsardi is a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He obtained his BSc in the Netherlands, his MSc in Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State, and his PhD in International Trade at the North-West University.

Dr Idsardi's research focuses on agricultural development and international trade. He has worked on numerous research projects for both national and international stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

Convenor of the Agriculture research programme 

Prof
Ewert Kleynhans
Job Title: 
Associate Professor: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1418
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room105
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Economics
Expertise: 
International competitiveness on firm-level, production functions, spillovers, theory of the firm, micro-economics, industrial development, competitiveness, intellectual capital, economic development, economic geography and philosophy.

 

Ewert Kleynhans is an associate professor of Economics in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He has published more than 40 articles in accredited journals, and has read more than 45 papers at both local and international conferences.

In his research Prof Kleynhans focuses mainly on the competitiveness and efficiency of industries and firms on a micro-economic level - more specifically, the competitiveness platform that confronts industries and firms, especially manufacturers, which in turn is shaped by an array of resources, human capital, market conditions, demand and supply patterns, support programmes, spillovers, firm structures, quality levels, environmental conditions, economic geography, productivity, production functions, and technologies.

Prof Kleynhans often acts as an external examiner and moderator for postgraduate courses, and master’s dissertations and doctoral theses for other universities.  He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and also acts as a reviewer. He is a national council member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts (SAAWK).

Prof
Henri Bezuidenhout
Henri Bezuidenhout
Job Title: 
Associate Professor: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 285 2326
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 107
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Economics, ITRISA Advanced Certificate in International Trade (Exports)
Expertise: 
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa

 

Henri Bezuidenhout is an associate professor in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He has several publications to his credit in the area of international factor flows, and his research mainly focuses on foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa.

He is the official South African and African country research partner for the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment at Columbia University in New York and is also involved with domestic stakeholders includings the South African Institute of International Affairs' Economic Diplomacy Programme, South African Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies (PIPAs) and various multinationals. As a result, he has been invited to speak at various forums on his research.

Prof Bezuidenhout is also a formal Executive Business Coach and member of the International Coaching Federation (Associate Certified Coach and Gallup Strengths Coach). He also serves as a cultural intelligence and cross cultural specialist, as a holder of both the Cultural Intelligence Centre (CQ Certified Advanced) and the Cross Culture (Cross Cultural Competency Level II) certifications. Within these areas his coaching focus is on Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), mergers and acquisitions, negotiation and transformational leadership.

Convenor of the FDI in Africa research programme 

Dr
Jan Venter
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer: School of Social and Government Studies
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1631
Physical Address: 
F13-G34
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Political philosophy, Certificate in Conflict Resolution
Expertise: 
Political philosophy, political economy, business intelligence

 

Jan Venter is a senior lecturer in Political Studies in the School of Social and Government Studies at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He holds qualifications from the North-West University, the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany and UNISA. His PhD contained a reconstruction of the ideologies within the Tripartite Governing Alliance in South Africa.

Dr Venter's research interests include political philosophy, political economy and business intelligence. He has also participated in various research projects in collaboration with organised agriculture, helping to broaden people's understanding of the political economy and the dangers of policy uncertainty in the agricultural arena and other sectors. He sits on the editorial boards of a number of national and international academic journals. 

Dr
Johnny van der Merwe
Job Title: 
Senior Lecturer: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 2373
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 102
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Agricultural Economics
Expertise: 
Competitive analysis, price mechanisms, development

 

Johnny van der Merwe is a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus).

Dr van der Merwe recently completed his PhD, specialising in the field of competitive analysis, price mechanisms and development. Dr van der Merwe’s Master’s degree was judged the best Master’s degree in 2010 at the University of the Free State and was also submitted into the best national thesis competition at the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA).

Dr van der Merwe’s research is currently focused on analysing the impact of wheat grading, pricing and innovation on the competitiveness of the South African wheat industry. Some of his other research work centres on the trade, development and sustainability of the South African agricultural sector.

Resource economics research group 

Prof
Marianne Matthee
Job Title: 
Professor: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1362
Physical Address: 
Building E3, Room 127
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD International Trade, ITRISA Advanced Certificate in International Trade
Expertise: 
International trade, Firm-level exports

 

Marianne Matthee is a professor in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She is also the School’s Programme Leader for International Trade. Prof Matthee has authored and co-authored a number of national and international conference papers, working papers, research papers and journal articles. She teaches International Trade Relations to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In her PhD, which she obtained in 2007, Prof Matthee focused on regional exports and domestic transport costs in South Africa, examining the location of exporters, and the determinants and composition of sub-national exports. Prof Matthee's current research interest is the intensive and extensive margins of trade as well as firm-level exporter studies, particularly the dynamics of South Africa's export community.

Women in Science Awards (2016, Second runner-up in the Young Women Researcher category)  

Prof
Sonja Grater
Job Title: 
Associate Professor: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1444
Physical Address: 
E3-129
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD International Trade, ITRISA Advanced Certificate in International Trade
Expertise: 
International trade, export opportunities for services, global value chains, trade facilitation, regional integration, FDI

 

Sonja Grater is an associate professor in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of international trade, and also gained practical experience in the freight forwarding industry before joining the University.

Prof Grater's research is mainly focused on trade in services and she has authored several publications in this field. She is particularly interested in the potential of the services trade within a South African context. She also heads up the TRADE-DSM™ (Decision Support Model) sectoral research group. As part of her research, Prof Grater developed the Decision Support Model for the identification of South African export opportunities for services in particular. The results of the model can be used by government and businesses to develop and expand export markets for specific service sectors.

Prof Grater is also currently involved in research on global value chains (with a services focus), trade facilitation and FDI.

Prof
Waldo Krugell
Job Title: 
Director: School of Economics
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1439
Physical Address: 
E3-111
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
PhD Economics
Expertise: 
Geographical economics, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Tourism economics

 

Waldo Krugell is a professor in the School of Economics and NRF-rated researcher at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He has numerous publications to his credit in the fields of geographical economics and foreign direct investment (FDI), as well as tourism economics and the link to development.

These days his research interests range from export margins, and the willingness-to-pay for sustainable tourism, to economics education.

Prof Krugell is an avid blogger, and frequently translates research findings into outputs that are also accessible to policymakers and the general public.

Prof
Wilma Viviers
Job Title: 
Director: TRADE; WTO Chair
Telephone: 
+27 18 299 1445
Fax: 
+27 87 231 5540
Physical Address: 
E3-140
Campus: 
Potchefstroom
Qualifications: 
DCom, BEd; Cert Export Practice
Expertise: 
Export promotion, Competitive intelligence, Economic development

 

Wilma Viviers is a professor of International Trade, director of the TRADE research focus areaand NRF-rated researcher at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She has an impressive array of publications, and is a leading authority in the fields of export promotion, competitive intelligence (CI) and economic development.

Prof Viviers’ passionate research interest in, and active contribution towards the realisation of, strategies to improve South Africa’s trade performance and competitiveness, are acknowledged both locally and internationally.  Notably, the TRADE-DSM™ (Decision Support Model) for the identification of South African export opportunities – which she has launched in this country – is being lauded in both government and business circles as a refreshingly efficient approach to export market selection.

Prof Viviers sits on several national and international committees, and is frequently asked to speak to stakeholder groups about her research initiatives.  She has also received numerous awards in recognition of her ground-breaking research over the years. In 2014, she was honoured with the award of a WTO Chair from the World Trade Organization.

NWU Research awards (2016) - International recognition  and International sucess