Knowledge for Policy-making: From Practice to Theory

Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership (SPL)

Cape Town, South Africa

January 8-10, 2019

January 8


Johan Burger, Director, SPL and Conference Host

Robin Lewis, President, IDPPA

Keynote: Bret Herron, former Mayoral Committee Member, City of Cape Town: “Policy and Realpolitik”


January 9

8:30am-12:00noon (with Coffee Break)

PANEL 1: Mainstream Approaches to Policy and Policymaking: Strengths and Deficiencies

CHAIR: Firoz Khan (Stellenbosch U.-South Africa)

Bharat Dahiya (Chulalongkorn U.-Thailand): “Deconstructing and Reconstructing Knowledge Ecosystems: Beacons for a New Paradigm of Policymaking in the 21st Century”

Deepanshu Mohan (JGU-India): “Narrative Economics: Towards a New Methodological Approach to Policy Analysis”

Celso Castro, Jimmy Medeiros, Juliana Marques (FGV-Brazil): “Studying Public Policy: The Brazilian Experience”

Catarina Tully (School of International Futures-UK/Tun Abdul Razak U.-Malaysia): “Strategic Foresight and the Developmental Endeavour—Supporting the Transition from Technocracy to Agency”



2:00-5:30 (with Coffee Break)

PANEL 2: Homegrown Development (HGD): What is It and How Can It Provide an Alternative Development Agenda?

CHAIR: Korel Goymen (Sabanci U./Istanbul Policy Center-Turkey)

Eduardo Mello (FGV-Brazil): “Rent-Seeking, Political Corruption, and the Developmental State in New Democracies”

Firoz Khan (Stellenbosch U.-South Africa): “Homegrown: the Urban Question and Postcolonial Planning”

Yuning Gao, Yiyao Li (Tsinghua U.-China): “Achieving Development Goals through a National Development Program—The Case of China”

Yugank Goyal (JGU-India): “An Inductive Approach to Understanding Policy Design—Informal Markets in India”

Alexey Verbetsky (RANEPA-Russia): “Creating Competencies and Resources for Policymaking: Social Mobility in the Russian Public Sector”

Werner Burger (Stellenbosch U.-South Africa): “Positioning Universities as Key Institutions in Promoting Education for Sustainable Development: Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into University Curricula”


January 10


PANEL 3: Actionable Knowledge for Policymaking: Case Studies, From Practice to Theory

CHAIR: Celso Castro (FGV-Brazil)

Wu Yongping (Tsinghua U.-China): “Hospitals in China: A Sector Driven by Social Status”

Johan Burger (Stellenbosch U.-South Africa): “’Water under the Bridge’: Using Data from the 2017/18 Cape Town Drought to Consider Policy Alternatives for Basic Household Services”

Nik Rosnah Wan Abdullah, Azman Mahmood, Siti Balqis Saldi (Tun Abdul Razak U.-Malaysia): “Managing Illegal Immigrants and Refugees in Small Business—Economic Value or Burden? Matters for an Institutional Framework”

Dina Wafa (AUC-Egypt): “The Role of Education and Women’s Empowerment in the Arab World”

Avanindra Nath Thakur (JGU-India): “Difficulties and Challenges of Financial Inclusion in Rural India under the Reform Era: A Case Study of Rural Bihar”

Wahyudi Kumorotomo (U. Gajah Mada-Indonesia): “Policy Wobbles Under More Advanced Technology and Wider Participation: Explaining the App-Based Transport Policy in Democratizing Indonesia”


Cape Town Excursion and Dinner


Gala Dinner




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