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.