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Etienne Nel

Position:

Professor

Senior advisor (Arts)

Qualifications:BA(Hons) PhD (Rhodes), MA (Witw)

Office Hours:

by email appointment

 

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Etienne's Inaugural Professorial Lecture "Dealing With Difference: Responses to uneven geographical development" is available as an audio and video file. Please follow the links below.

IPL Video Podcast (mp4)

IPL Audio Podcast (mp3)


Teaching

GEOG214 Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era
GEOG374 Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era
GEOG457 Advanced Urban Geography

Etienne also contributes to:

ENVI111 Environment and Society
GEOG102 Human Geography
GEOG215 Urban Geography
GEOG280 Research Methodologies in Human Geography
GEOG380 Field Research Studies (Arts)
GEOG384 Urban Geography

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Research Interests

Etienne's research interests are as follows:

  • Local Economic Development
  • Urban Entrepreneurialism/Urban Economic Developments
  • Community Economic Development
  • Small Towns
  • Economic Policy
  • Marginality
  • Regional Development
  • Local Government

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Current Research

Etienne is currently undertaking research in the economic and urban history and development in South Africa, local development and urban agriculture in Zambia and regional, local and small town development in New Zealand.

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Postgraduate Student Supervision

Students - Current

  • Forsyth, C. Perceptions of crime - New Zealand.
  • Basubas, D. Working for water - South Africa
  • Wither, D. Resilience in New Zealand
  • Soal, E. Water Management - New Zealand.
  • Quashie-Harry, R. Childhood poverty - Caribbean.
  • Bateman, J. Rural Development - Sierra Leone.

Theses previously supervised (since 2000 at Rhodes University and since 2008 at Otago) include:

PhD - Students Completed

  • Latai, A. Climate Change - Samoa.
  • Ross, J. Rural Nursing - New Zealand.
  • Smart, J. Urban Agriculture - Zambia.
  • Gibb, M. Local Economic Development in South Africa.
  • Ironside, J. Land reform - Cambodia.
  • Motteux, N. Participatory Rural Appraisal.
  • Thornton, A. Urban Agriculture.
  • Vista, B. Land reform -  Philippines.
  • Tamimi, M. Environmental Eduction - Palestine.
  • Farminer, A. River appreciation - New Zealand.


MA/MBA/MPlan/MSoc - Students current and completed

  • Brown, L. Counter-Urbanisation in Canterbury.
  • Anderson, C. Development of Dunedin
  • Watson, R. Tourism Development in Niue.
  • Alebiosu, O. Integrated Development Planning.
  • Buthelezi, S. Response to Economic Change.
  • Douma, A. Land reform - Tanzania.
  • Gibb, M. Training for Development.
  • Goodenough, C. Corporate Social Responsibility/Local Economic Development.
  • Goodwin, R. Conservation farming in Zimbabwe.
  • Hale, M. Tourism.
  • Husband, M. Shrinking Towns - New Zealand.
  • Keyse, M. Industrial Development - New Zealand.
  • Lefusto, D. Urban Transport.
  • Liddle, E. Groundwater - Zambia.
  • Maka, E. Regeneration - New Zealand.
  • Meyer, S. Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Mkize, N. Urban Agriculture and Entomology.
  • Pio, E. Small Town Development.
  • Taine, K. Tourism - Samoa.
  • Trotter, D. Nature-based Tourism.
  • Anderson, C. Economic Development - New Zealand.
  • Baird, S. Local Development - Tauranga.
  • Fitchett, R. Urban Agriculture - Lusaka.
  • Gilroy, J. Small Town Development.
  • McNaughton, C. Small Town Development.
  • Price, S. Regional Development - New Zealand.
  • Stevenson, T. Strategic Planning - New Zealand.
  • White, R. Small Town Development.
  • Williams, R. Cycling Policy - New Zealand.
  • Topp, F. Sustainability on Campuses.

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Publications

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Restructuring of the New Zealand economy: Global-local links and evidence from the West Coast and Southland regions. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 112-136). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Community responses to restructuring. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 317-335). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Bateman, J., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2017). Flirting with food security: Resilience in the face of conflict, climate change and communicable disease in rural Sierra Leone. In E. T. H. Hope (Ed.), Climate change and food security: Africa and the Caribbean. (pp. 128-142). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Jackson, T., Nel, E., & Connelly, S. (2017). Subnational rural governance and development: Case studies of England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In E. Schoburgh & R. Ryan (Eds.), Handbook of research on sub-national governance and development. (pp. 117-149). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1645-3.ch006

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Employment and labor in New Zealand: Recent trends and reflections on developments in the West Coast and Southland regions. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 221-242). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Authored Book - Research

Binns, T., Dixon, A., & Nel, E. (2012). Africa: Diversity and development. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 414p.

Lester, A., Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2000). South Africa, past, present and future: Gold at the end of the rainbow? Harlow, England: Pearson Education, 374p.

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Edited Book - Research

Marais, L., Nel, E., & Donaldson, R. (Eds.). (2016). Secondary cities and development. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 188p.

Shackleton, C. M., Shackleton, S. E., Gambiza, J., Nel, E., Rowntree, K., Urquhart, P., … Ainslie, A. (Eds.). (2010). Livelihoods and vulnerability in the arid and semi-arid lands of Southern Africa: Exploring the links between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. New York: Nova Science, 267p.

Valenca, M. M., Nel, E., & Leimgruber, W. (Eds.). (2008). The global challenge and marginalization. New York: Nova Science, 462p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Restructuring of the New Zealand economy: Global-local links and evidence from the West Coast and Southland regions. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 112-136). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Employment and labor in New Zealand: Recent trends and reflections on developments in the West Coast and Southland regions. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 221-242). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Jackson, T., Nel, E., & Connelly, S. (2017). Subnational rural governance and development: Case studies of England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In E. Schoburgh & R. Ryan (Eds.), Handbook of research on sub-national governance and development. (pp. 117-149). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1645-3.ch006

Bateman, J., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2017). Flirting with food security: Resilience in the face of conflict, climate change and communicable disease in rural Sierra Leone. In E. T. H. Hope (Ed.), Climate change and food security: Africa and the Caribbean. (pp. 128-142). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Connelly, S., & Nel, E. (2017). New Zealand: Community responses to restructuring. In G. Halseth (Ed.), Transformation of resource towns and peripheries: Political economy perspectives. (pp. 317-335). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Marais, L., Nel, E., & Donaldson, R. (2016). Secondary cities in South Africa: National settlement patterns and urban research. In L. Marais, E. Nel & R. Donaldson (Eds.), Secondary cities and development. (pp. 1-26). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Nel, E., Marais, L., & Donaldson, R. (2016). The international literature and context. In L. Marais, E. Nel & R. Donaldson (Eds.), Secondary cities and development. (pp. 27-48). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Marais, L., Nel, E., & Donaldson, R. (2016). The role of secondary cities in South Africa's development. In L. Marais, E. Nel & R. Donaldson (Eds.), Secondary cities and development. (pp. 159-178). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Thornton, A., & Nel, E. (2014). Agrarianism, capitalism or protectionism? Exploring economic restructuring and local responses amidst global change in Samoa. In M. Sakai, E. Jurriëns, J. Zhang & A. Thornton (Eds.), Disaster relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and resilience. (pp. 171-188). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Nel, E., Binns, T., & Bek, D. (2013). Fair trade and alternative food networks in the internationalization of small-scale rural entrepreneurs in South Africa. In H. Etemad (Ed.), The process of internationalization in emerging SMEs and emerging economies. (pp. 234-259). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Hoogendoorn, G., & Nel, E. (2012). Exploring small town development dynamics in rural South Africa's post-productivist landscapes. In R. Donaldson & L. Marais (Eds.), Small town geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and elsewhere. New York: Nova Science.

Nel, E., Valença, M. M., & Leimgruber, W. (2008). Introduction. In M. M. Valenca, E. Nel & W. Leimgruber (Eds.), The global challenge and marginalization. (pp. 1-12). New York: Nova Science.

Nel, E., & Binns, J. A. (2008). Evolving economic marginality and local economic development responses in selected South African gold and coal mining areas. In M. M. Valenca, E. Nel & W. Leimgruber (Eds.), The global challenge and marginalization. (pp. 197-208). New York: Nova Science.

Binns, T., Bek, D., Nel, E., & Ellison, B. (2007). Sidestepping the mainstream: Fairtrade Rooibos tea production in Wupperthal, South Africa. In D. Maye, L. Holloway & M. Kneafsey (Eds.), Alternative food geographies: Representation and practice. (pp. 331-350). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2005). Putting ¨developmental local government¨ into practice: The experience of South Africa's towns and cities. In E. Nel & C. M. Rogerson (Eds.), The experience of Southern Africa: Local economic development in the developing world. (pp. 37-56). New Brunswick, USA: Transaction.

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Journal - Research Article

Nel, E., Smart, J., & Binns, T. (2017). Resilience to economic shocks: Reflections from Zambia's copperbelt. Growth & Change. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/grow.12181

Marais, L., van Rooyen, D., Nel, E., & Lenka, M. (2017). Responses to mine downscaling: Evidence from secondary cities in the South African Goldfields. Extractive Industries & Society, 4(1), 163-171. doi: 10.1016/j.exis.2017.01.004

Marais, L., & Nel, E. (2016). The dangers of growing on gold: Lessons for mine downscaling from the Free State Goldfields, South Africa. Local Economy, 31, 282-298. doi: 10.1177/0269094215621725

Liddle, E. S., Mager, S. M., & Nel, E. L. (2016). The importance of community-based informal water supply systems in the developing world and the need for formal sector support. Geographical Journal, 182(1), 85-96. doi: 10.1111/geoj.12117

Wessels, J., & Nel, E. (2016). A new co-operative revolution in South Africa? Reflections on the outcomes of state support in the Free State Province. Local Economy, 31, 187-203. doi: 10.1177/0269094215621731

Rogerson, C. M., & Nel, E. (2016). Planning for local economic development in spaces of despair: Key trends in South Africa's 'distressed areas'. Local Economy, 31, 124-141. doi: 10.1177/0269094215623731

Nel, E., & Rogerson, C. M. (2016). The contested trajectory of applied local economic development in South Africa. Local Economy, 31, 109-123. doi: 10.1177/0269094215623729

Rogerson, C. M., & Nel, E. L. (2016). Redressing inequality in South Africa: The spatial targeting of distressed areas. Local Economy, 31, 28-41. doi: 10.1177/0269094215618595

Liddle, E. S., Mager, S. M., & Nel, E. L. (2015). The suitability of shallow hand dug wells for safe water provision in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Ndola, Zambia. Applied Geography, 57, 80-90. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.12.010

Smart, J., Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2015). Economic crisis and food security in Africa: Exploring the significance of urban agriculture in Zambia’s Copperbelt province. Geoforum, 65, 37-45. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.07.009

Nel, E. (2015). Evolving regional and local economic development in New Zealand. Local Economy, 30(1), 67-77. doi: 10.1177/0269094214564833

Nel, E. L., & Rogerson, C. M. (2014). Re-Spatializing development: Reflections from South Aftrica's recent re-engagement with planning for Special Economic Zones. Urbani Izziv, 25(Suppl. 002 (Special issue)), S24-S35. doi: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2014-25-supplement-002

Nel, E., Binns, T., & Gibb, M. (2014). Community development at the coal face: Networks and sustainability among artisanal mining communities in Indwe, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Geographical Journal, 180(2), 175-184. doi: 10.1111/geoj.12022

Liddle, E., Mager, S. M., & Nel, E. (2014). Water quality awareness and barriers to safe water provisioning in informal communities: A case study from Ndola, Zambia. Bulletin of Geography, 26(26), 167-181. doi: 10.2478/bog-2014-0052

Nel, E., & Stevenson, T. (2014). The catalysts of small town economic development in a free market economy: A case study of New Zealand. Local Economy, 29(4-5), 486-502. doi: 10.1177/0269094214535022

Nel, E. L., & Rogerson, C. M. (2013). Special Economic Zones in South Africa: Reflections from international debates. Urban Forum, 24(2), 205-217. doi: 10.1007/s12132-012-9184-7

Bek, D., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2013). Wild flower harvesting on South Africa's Agulhas Plain: A mechanism for achieving sustainable local economic development? Sustainable Development, 21(5), 281-293. doi: 10.1002/sd.499

Vista, B. M., Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2012). Land, landlords and sustainable livelihoods: The impact of agrarian reform on a coconut hacienda in the Philippines. Land Use Policy, 29(1), 154-164. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.06.002

McKibbin, J., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2012). Uplifting small towns in post-apartheid South Africa: The experience of the Amathole Regional Economic Development Agency (Aspire). Local Economy, 27(4), 388-402. doi: 10.1177/0269094212441156

Nel, E., Taylor, B., Hill, T., & Atkinson, D. (2011). Demographic and economic changes in small towns in South Africa's Karoo: Looking from the inside out. Urban Forum, 22(4), 395-410. doi: 10.1007/s12132-011-9131-z

Nel, E. L. (2011). Rethinking patterns of South African urban growth: 1911-2001. Urban Forum, 22(4), 331-342. doi: 10.1007/s12132-011-9132-y

Thornton, A., Nel, E., & Hampwaye, G. (2010). Cultivating Kaunda's plan for self-sufficiency: Is urban agriculture finally beginning to receive support in Zambia? Development Southern Africa, 27(4), 613-625. doi: 10.1080/0376835X.2010.508604

Nel, E., & Rogerson, C. M. (2009). Re-thinking spatial inequalities in South Africa: Lessons from international experience. Urban Forum, 20(2), 141-155. doi: 10.1007/s12132-009-9056-y

Nel, E., Binns, T., & Bek, D. (2009). Misplaced expectations? The experience of applied local economic development in post-apartheid South Africa. Local Economy, 24(3), 224-237. doi: 10.1080/02690940902895877

Davidson, J. H., Du Preez, L., Gibb, M. W., & Nel, E. L. (2009). It's in the bag! Using simulation as a participatory learning method to understand poverty. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 33(2), 149-168. doi: 10.1080/03098260802276672

Nel, E., & Hill, T. (2008). Marginalisation and demographic change in the semi-arid Karoo, South Africa. Journal of Arid Environments, 72, 2264-2274. doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2008.07.015

Miller, D., Nel, E., & Hampwaye, G. (2008). Race and regional trading spaces: Shops and malls in the city of Lusaka, Zambia. African Sociological Review, 12(1), 35-54.

Miller, D., Nel, E., & Hampwaye, G. (2008). Malls in Zambia: Racialised retail expansion and South African foreign investors in Zambia. African Sociological Review, 12(1), 35-54.

Nel, E., Binns, T., & Bek, D. (2007). 'Alternative foods' and community-based development: Rooibos tea production in South Africa's West Coast Mountains. Applied Geography, 27, 112-129. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2006.11.001

Nel, E., & Rogerson, C. M. (2007). Evolving local economic development policy and practice in South Africa with special reference to smaller urban centres. Urban Forum, 18, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s12132-007-9003-8

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