Prof Vusi Thebe

I received my MA in Rural Development and PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia’s School of International Development (DEV) in 2004 and 2007 respectively. I spent six years at the National University of Lesotho’s Department of Development Studies before joining Monash South Africa (MSA) (2014). In 2015, I joined the University of Pretoria’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. My academic work is driven by my commitment to empowerment and ‘betterment’ of the powerless. My research is reinforced by my experience with worker-peasantries and a deep-seated cynicism of policies that seek to improve human conditions. I have researched extensively on the worker-peasantry and written numerous articles.

Position: Associate Professor
Academic / Support: Academic Department
Faculty/Department: Humanities
Campus: Hatfield Campus
Building: Humanities
Office Number: 8-3

Research areas

My main research interests are in the area of development policy, governance, livelihoods and poverty reduction. My work follow a populist tradition, and focuses on grassroots dynamics, and provide a critique of the politics inherent in policies guiding development and the apparent neglect of what is real and of relevance to the people, households and communities. It particularly highlights the overbearing influence of political visions and ideologies in the development of policies. This, I have highlighted in my PhD thesis and subsequent articles.

Current research


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