Patrick Bond, a WSG Distinguished Professor of Political Economy since mid-2015, is presently researching economic crisis, dynamics of uneven and combined development, political ecology (resource extraction, energy, water and climate change), social mobilisation, social policy and geopolitics. Patrick’s books include:
• BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique (co-edited with Ana Garcia; Pluto Press, Haymarket, Jacana and Aakar Press, 2015)
• South Africa – The Present as History (co-authored with John Saul; Jacana Books and James Currey Press, 2014)
• Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa (Pluto Press and UKZN Press, 2014, 2005 and 2000)
• Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below (UKZN Press, 2012)
• Durban’s Climate Gamble: Trading Carbon, Betting the Earth (edited, Unisa Press, 2011)
• Zuma’s Own Goal: Losing South Africa’s ‘War on Poverty’ (co-edited with Brij Maharaj and Ashwin Desai; Africa World Press and the SA Netherlands Programme in Alternatives to Development, 2010)
• Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments (co-edited with Rehana Dada and Graham Erion; UKZN Press, 2009)
• The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa: Rosa Luxemburg’s Contemporary Relevance (co-edited with Horman Chitonge and Arndt Hopfmann; Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, 2007)
• Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation (Zed Books and UKZN Press, 2006, republished as A Pilhagem na África, South Links 2008)
• Talk Left, Walk Right: South Africa’s Frustrated Global Reforms (UKZN Press, 2006, 2004)
• Trouble in the Air: Global Warming and the Privatised Atmosphere (co-edited with Rehana Dada; TransNational Institute, 2005)
• Fanon’s Warning: A Civil Society Reader on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Africa World Press, 2005, 2002)
• Against Global Apartheid: South Africa meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance (Zed Books and University of Cape Town Press, 2003, 2001)
• Zimbabwe’s Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice (coauthored with Masimba Manyanya; UKZN Press, Merlin Press, Weaver Press and Africa World Press, 2003, 2002)
• Unsustainable South Africa: Environment, Development and Social Protest (UKZN Press and Merlin Press, 2002)
• Cities of Gold, Townships of Coal: South Africa’s New Urban Crisis (Africa World Press, 2000)
• An RDP Policy Audit (co-authored with Meshack Khosa for Human Sciences Research Council Press, 1999)
• Uneven Zimbabwe: A Study of Finance, Development and Underdevelopment (Africa World Press, 1998)
In service to the new South African government from 1994-2002, Patrick authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper. He held other positions at Johannesburg NGOs (the National Institute for Economic Policy, 1996-97 and Planact, 1990-94); at the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Political and Administrative Studies (1989-90); and in Washington, DC at the Institute for Policy Studies, Pacifica Radio, MarketPlace Radio, and international trade unions (late 1980s). He was also active in international anti-apartheid advocacy and the US student movement, and in 1995 worked in the International Liaison Office of Haitan President Aristide.
From 2004 through April 2016 Patrick was Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Built Environment and Development Studies, and also served as Director of the Centre for Civil Society, where he remains an honorary professor. Patrick has recently served as visiting professor at Gyeongsang National University Institute of Social Sciences, South Korea and as an associate of the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value at the University of Manchester. On two sabbaticals, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California/Berkeley Department of Geography in 2010-11 and at York University’s Department of Political Science and Faculty of Environmental Sciences in 2003-04. He lectured from 1997-2004 at WSG where he was founder of the doctoral programme and co-director of the Municipal Services Project. Patrick began his academic career as assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1994-95. He has held visiting posts at a dozen universities and presented guest lectures at more than 100 others.
Patrick earned his doctorate in economic geography under the supervision of David Harvey at Johns Hopkins (1985-92), following studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance (Philadelphia, 1983-85) and an undergraduate economics degree at Swarthmore College (Philadelphia, 1979-83), including a semester studying classical guitar at the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, 1982).