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.