The Human Economy Group was created as part of an international programme designed to bring back human concerns into economic studies. It is presently located at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa, and is bringing together researchers from around the world with research experience in diverse disciplines.
Through our case studies, we examine how people insert themselves into economic life. What people practically do has often been obscured, marginalised or repressed by dominant economic ideologies that privilege the market. We are interested in the ways people engage with economy and respond to institutional forms that perpetuate structures of inequality (creating, challenging, or even trying to ignore them). The human economy is conceived of as being made and remade by people themselves, being based on a holistic conception of human needs and with the interests of humanity as a whole in mind.
The Human Economy Conference 2013:
Economy and Democracy
From 22 to 24 August 2013 the University of Pretoria hosted the 2013 conference of the Human Economy programme. The conference was opened on 22 August by a keynote address by Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at the New York University on “The coming escape of finance from economy”.
In the following two days members and associates of the Human Economy programme discussed their state of research on “economy and democracy” with international and South African guests.
John Sharp and Keith Hart, co-directors of the Human Economy programme, were proud to be able to welcome Gustaaf Houtman (Royal Anthropological Institute), Francesco Boldizzoni (Unversity of Torino), Horacio Ortiz (Centre for the Sociology of Innovations, Paris), Ward Anseeuw (UP), Andries Bezuidenhout (UP), Patience Kabamba (Marymount Manhattan College), Catherine Alexander (University of Durham), Erik Bähre (University of Leiden), Bill Freund (University of KwaZulu Natal), Vishnu Padayachee (Rhodes University), Lorenzo Fioramonti (UP), Deborah James (London School of Economics), Jane Guyer (John Hopkins University), Gustav Peebles (The New School University), Tim Jenkin (Community Exchange System South Africa), Detlev Krige (UP), Deborah Posel (University of Cape Town), Jackie Dugard (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa), Ulrike Kistner (UP), Eric Worby (University of Witwatersrand), Thapelo Tselapedi (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa), Peter Vale (University of Johannesburg), Richard Ballard (University of KwaZulu Natal) and Sharad Chari (University of Witwatersrand), among others.
CGIS student wins prestigious Isibalo award - 06/12/2013
Stefan de Bruin, a CGISBSc (Hons)( Geoinformatics) student from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) at the University of Pretoria was awarded first prize in the category Best Student Project at the first annual Isibalo Award Evening on 4 December 2013.
Integrated reporting yearbook 2013 released - 04/12/2013
The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership and its Integrated Reporting Team launched the Integrated reporting yearbook 2013 on 28 November. The same date also saw a celebration in honour of the first group of students to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Reporting.
UP innovation offers hearing screening solution for children - 04/12/2013
A revolutionary innovation that offers a cost-effective solution to the current barriers of school-based hearing screening, is the result of a recent collaboration between Prof. De Wet Swanepoel from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Dr Herman Myburgh from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria.
UP student takes top honours in SAIEE competition - 03/12/2013
The 2013 National Student Project Competition of the SAIEE (South African Institute of Electrical Engineers) was hosted by the University of Pretoria on 28 November. Top final-year students from South African universities and universities of technology took part in the competition.
Projects in this year’s competition covered a wide range including the designing and development of a prototype super-capacitor-powered campus bicycle, occluded body pose estimation, the development of a robotic demonstration platform for use in the research of intelligent transport systems, and the designing of a low-cost teleconferencing system based on the Raspberry Pi.
Forensic Anthropology book launched at the Faculty of Health Sciences - 27/11/2013
Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, celebrated the launch of the latest edition of The Human Skeleton in Forensic Medicine authored by Prof Maryna Steyn, a physical anthropologist and the Director of Forensic Anthropology Research Centre, based at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She co-authored the book with Mehmet Yasar Iscan from the University of Istanbul, Turkey.