South African Cultural Observatory National Conference

Professor Richard Haines

Professor Richard Haines has an MA in from University of Natal, and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently the CEO of the South African Cultural Observatory and played a central role in the founding of this national research arm of the Department of Arts and Culture. He is also Professor of Development Studies in the School of Economics, Tourism and Development at Nelson Mandela University. He set up the Department of Development Studies which he ran from 2006-2015. He was also Director of the Unit for Economic Development and Tourism at NMMU from 2011 to 2015 Previously he was Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Port Elizabeth (the predecessor to NMU) Prior to this he was Associate Professor of Sociology and Industrial Sociology, and Dean of Social Sciences at Rhodes University. Among his awards is the Victoria League Scholarship for advanced graduate study.

Professor Haines’s fields of research expertise include industrial and economic policy; human capital; the institutional dynamics of the creative economy; cultural policy and development; development theory; development history; outsourcing; and aerospace and development. He has also researched and published in these areas. He has supervised numerous doctoral and Master’s theses and is an external examiner for a number of national and international universities.

Professor Haines has secured and run a range of large-scale multidisciplinary academic research projects on a national and international basis. He also sits on a number of research and advisory bodies and has served on a variety of editorial boards of academic journals.   In addition, Professor Haines has consulted widely for national and provincial government in South Africa, para-statal agencies, as well as for the private sector. He has substantive experience in inter-university, university-NGO, and industry-academic partnerships. Furthermore, he has long-term experience in all aspects of macro-level contractual research and has a strong methodological grounding in both quantitative and qualitative forms of inter-disciplinary research

Professor Haines has taught extensively within the humanities and in the economic and social sciences. He has designed and developed a range of academic programmes at both under- and post-graduate levels including postgraduate programmes in Journalism and Media Studies; Sociology; Development Studies; and Maritime Studies.

Professor Richard Haines

Professor Richard Haines

Cultural Observatory issues call for National Conference papers

January 31, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the theme for its national conference of the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

2016 National Conference Highlights

Watch the SACO 'National Conference 2016 - Counting Culture' highlights video featuring interviews with some of the speakers and participants; and conference insights and lessons.

About the South African Cultural Observatory

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, and hosted by NMMU, the SACO is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

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