Post-doc Human Economy, Université de Pretoria

We invite applications from suitably-qualified researchers for Post-Doctoral Fellowships in an interdisciplinary programme on the ‘Human Economy’ which was launched in 2011. The programme is supported by the University of Pretoria and the Mellon Foundation.

The working assumptions of the human economy programme include:

•       The need for a pragmatic economics that people can understand and use

•       An emphasis on economy as being made and remade by human beings themselves

•       Analytical abstraction to be combined with a focus on concrete institutional arrangements

•       A more holistic conception of people’s needs and interests than is offered by economics

•       We must extend our reach to address  all of humanity and the world society we are making

Scholars who have undertaken relevant research with an economic dimension in Sociology, History, Economics, Anthropology, Development Studies, Geography and Philosophy are welcome to apply.  We wish to promote researchers from the global South, especially Africans, with a view to enriching the North-South dialogue concerning humanity’s predicament and future. In two years we have appointed 15 postdocs from around the world, divided equally between the South and the North, and recently 8 African doctoral students.

We are able now to award 3-4 Fellowships to begin in the first quarter of 2013. The deadline for applications is 12th December 2012. The Co-directors will be able to give applicants an answer within a week of that date in order to launch the formalities for entering South Africa quickly. Successful applicants will have completed a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline within the past seven years. Fellowships are for one year with the possibility of renewal for a further year, depending on progress.

You can download a fuller version of this announcement from Applicants must complete the University of Pretoria Post-Doctoral Application Form, a copy of which may be obtained from: Corena Garnas, Administrator, Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria (

For further information, contact the Co-directors of the program:

John Sharp, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Pretoria (

Keith Hart, Visiting Professor, Centre for Advanced Scholarship, University of Pretoria (

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