Nations are becoming increasingly focussed on not only “inserting” themselves into global production networks, but also ensuring that they capture more value from the activities in which they are involved. As such, there is increasing emphasis on ensuring that economic activities do not only provide economic benefits to their host nations, but also enable social upliftment and ensure environmental sustainability.
Within this context, there exists a need for research to support the evaluation of how countries and regions capture value from their participation in global value chains and how different policy options may affect this value.
To this end the research group focusses on various themes which include:
- Evaluating the impact of proposed policies on particular industries.
- Developing tools to better analyse value capture in a complex environment.
- Investigating the feasibility of different technology options in particular industries.
- Investigating the support and infrastructure that are required to unlock economic development and growth.
This is supported by a variety of tools such as:
- Global value chain analysis
- Comparative research studies
- Case study research
- Statistical analysis of empirical data
- Game theory analysis
- Delphi studies
Current Masters Projects:
- Identifying value creation opportunities in the reverse supply chain of the titanium product manufacturing industry
- Valorization of Ferrochrome slag: Barriers and Opportunities for Metal Recovery and Reuse of Ferrochrome Slag in South Africa
- The possible effects of developmental pricing on the South African polypropylene value chain: A Global Value Chain Approach
- Platinum beneficiation in South Africa: An evaluation of the barriers and opportunities
- An Analysis of the Economic Barriers Faced by Key Role Players in the South African Manganese Industry
Current PhD Projects:
- Investigating the mechanisms that determine the location of downstream mineral processing activities
To ensure greater impact and relevance of research, students are encouraged to build networks and collaborate with industry, government, NGO’s and other research organisations. As such, the VCS group has built a collaborative relationship with individuals within the following organisations:
- Institute for African Alternatives, South Africa
- Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium
- Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK
- Mintek, South Africa