Prof Doreen Atkinson

A multi-causal analysis of local economic development

Atkinson, D (2009), A multi-causal analysis of local economic development: The example of Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, Unpublished report, Rhodes University.   Introduction Small towns have not featured much on South Africa’s political landscape since 1994. The focus has been primarily on the areas with economic advantage, as defined by the Government’s National Spatial Development Perspective (NSDP), and […]

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A Review of International Arid Areas Research Agencies

Atkinson, D (2009b), A Review of International Arid Areas Research Agencies: The Implications for investment in the Karoo, Kalahari and Namaqualand, Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Council (ECSECC), East London.   Executive Summary South African arid areas have not received much attention for the purposes of socioeconomic development. The broader issues of regional development in arid areas, small town […]

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An Airport in the Central Karoo

Atkinson, D, Myles, P and Van Rooyen, D (2013), An Airport in the Central Karoo: The Feasibility and Potential Impacts of the Karoo Gateway Airport, Beaufort West. Unpublished commissioned report, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; Funded by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands, Pretoria.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  1. This report […]

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An Analysis of the Aberdeen Business Sector

Prof Atkinson, D (2006), An Analysis of the Aberdeen Business Sector, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University. Unpublished paper.   Introduction: Why study small towns?  Small towns are a neglected topic of study in South Africa, as well as other countries. Much more focus is typically placed on metropolitan issues, as well as […]

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Are youth being left to play in the dust?

Williams, G and Atkinson, D (2009), Are youth being left to play in the dust?  An assessment of sports programmes and facilities in a small South African town. Commonwealth Youth and Development, vol. 7(1), pp. 70-84.   Journal can be accessed at: http://reference.sabinet.co.za/document/EJC30887, or contact the author at karoo@intekom.co.za.   Abstract Sport programmes are increasingly […]

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Big fish in small ponds: Changing stratification and inequalities in small towns in the Karoo region, South Africa

Chapter in a book. The chapter is available from the author at doreen@karoofoundation.co.za.

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Breaking down barriers: Policy gaps and new options in South African land reform

The book can be purchased on abebooks.com: http://www.abebooks.com or contact the author on karoo@intekom.co.za

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By their own bootstraps: municipal commonage farmers as an emerging agrarian class in the Karoo

Municipal commonage land in South Africa is currently utilised by resource-poor black and coloured farmers. This paper analyses information from two case studies – the Karoo towns of Carnarvon and Williston in the Northern Cape. By comparing data between 2009 and 2018, we show that a significant number of these commonage farmers have increased their […]

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Can the Circle be Squared?: An Enquiry into Shale Gas Mining in South Africa’s Karoo

Ingle, M and Atkinson, D (2015), Can the Circle be Squared?: An Enquiry into Shale Gas Mining in South Africa’s Karoo (with Doreen Atkinson), Development Southern Africa (in press).    

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Changes in small towns in South Africa’s Karoo

Etienne Nel, B Taylor, T Hill, D Atkinson “Changes in small towns in South Africa’s Karoo: Looking from the inside out”. Urban Forum, published online, 17 August 2011.   Abstract This article seeks to situate the experience of demographic and economic change in South African small towns within a broader context. Drawing on international literature detailing […]

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