Nicoli works on the political-economy of labour-intensive growth and on human-wildlife conflict in the Karoo.
Jed Stephens is a Masters of Science student in the Department of Statistical Sciences. He has completed research with the CSSR and iCWild on the Khayelitsha Rodent Study (KRS) between 2017 and 2018. His current research is about the Karoo region in farm productivity (with Professor Beatrice Conradie) and predators (jointly with Professor Nicoli Nattrass and Conradie). In 2019 he collaborated on three journal articles in the CSSR: one now published, one accepted and the third currently under review.
Professor Piesse has collaborated with Beatrice on productivity and other projects since 2009. She is professor in Financial Economics in the Business School in Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. Her speciality is African stock markets but as extraordinary professor in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University, Jenny also has substantial expertise in sub-Saharan agriculture. In 2018 she won the best publication prize of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa with a paper co-authored with Beatrice, Colin and Nick Vink of Stellenbosch University.
Emeritus Professor Colin Thirtle of Imperial College London compiled the first productivity index for South African agriculture in the early 1990s. Similar indices for neighbouring countries soon followed. Colin held professorships in Agricultural Development Economics at Reading University, and Wye College and Imperial College, London. He is an extraordinary professor of Agricultural Economics at Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Beatrice began to work with Colin in 2006 and although now recommended for more for fishing than econometric modelling, Colin continues to advise on SSU productivity projects. Collin won the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa’s best publication award six times during the past 25 years including most recently in 2018 with Beatrice, Jenny and Nick Vink. In 2011 he delivered the Simon Brand Memorial Lecture of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa.
Dr Greyling is a lecturer in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University where he is specialised in production economics, optimisation and risk and decision making. Jan works on long term agricultural development, technology and interdisciplinary data-intensive research in agriculture. He leads the faculty’s AgroInformatics project and is the local coordinator of the science, technology and innovation (STI) projects within the Centre for Agricultural Transformation (CAT) in Malawi. He is also involved in a collaboration between the NRF and the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNSNF).
Jen is an honours student in Economics in 2019. Her thesis is on the effect of climate on farm productivity at Langgewens Experiment Farm.
Ben is an honours student in Economics in 2019. His thesis is on the effect of climate on farm productivity in the Karoo.
Georgina is an honours student in Economics in 2019. Her thesis is on total factor productivity of sugar cane producers in South Africa.
Craig is an honours student in Economics in 2019. His thesis is on the impact of drought on grass-fed dairy farms in the Eastern Cape.
Rebecca is working on a Masters in economics that examines total factor productivity differences in Zimbabwean manufacturing.
Doctor Strauss is an agronomist with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at Elsenburg. He directs the Langgewens crop rotation trial and chairs the organisation Conservation Agriculture Western Cape.
Nicole is an agricultural economist with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at Elsenburg. She is studying productivity changes in the Langgewens crop rotation experiment.
Stefan is with Land Care in the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at Beaufort West. Stefan works with Beatrice to develop grazing indices for the Karoo.