Etienne Nel

Etienne Nel

Professor / Dept. of Geography, University of Otago, NEW ZEALAND

Currently an Editorial Board member of the Journals: Applied Geography, Local Economy, the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and the Managing Editor of the New Zealand Geographer.

He chaired the International Geographical Union's (IGU) research commission on Marginalization, Globalization and Local and Regional Response from 2004-12 and he also chaired the IGU's research commission investigating (social and economic) marginalization and local and regional response

Nel has previously worked at the University of Transkei and Rhodes University, both in South Africa. His PhD was in the field of Economic Geography and was entitled "Regional and Local Economic Development in South Africa: A Case Study of the Eastern Cape". His research expertise and teaching experience lie in the broad areas of local/ urban/community economic development and responses to poverty.

He is the author/editor of some 10 book nearly 100 articles which examine aspects of community development, local economic development and urban survival primarily in Africa.

Selected publications:

  • Livelihoods and Vulnerability in the Aris and Semi-Arid Lands of Southern Africa (Co-authored): Transactions Press, New Brunswick 2010.
  • Africa: Diversity and Development (Co-authored): Routledge, London 2011.
  • Mountain regions in transformation (Co-authored): Global processes, Regional and Local Impacts and Responses. 2012.

CROP News and Events


May 2019

This report presents CROP's activities for the period January-December 2018.

Human Security as a Sine Qua Non for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in Africa

May 2019

CROP POVERTY BRIEF 50: by Ojijo Odhiambo and Fatima Umar (UNDP Nigeria Country Office).

Poverty as Ideology: Rescuing Social Justice from Global Development Agendas

14 May 2019 | Bergen Global

LITERARY SALON: Andrew Fischer, winner of the International Studies in Poverty Prize awarded by CROP and Zed Books.

News from CROPNET

The Breakthrough of the Social: Practical Utopias, Wisdom and Radical Transformations - Social work

2-6 September 2019 | Dubrovnik, Croatia

CONFERENCE commemorating 30 years of social work courses at the Inter-university centre (IUC).

EADI ISS Conference 2020

29 June - 2 July 2020 | The Hague, Netherlands

CALL FOR PANELS: Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice (deadline 6 September)

World Science Forum 2019

20-23 November, 2019 | Budapest, Hungary

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: "Science, Ethics and Responsibility" (deadline 10 April).