Prof Doreen Atkinson

Crossing boundaries: The role of universities in unlocking regional development

Atkinson, D (2011), “Crossing boundaries: The role of universities in unlocking regional development”, Inaugural lecture, University of the Free State.   This presentation is about making connections and crossing boundaries. When I read EM Forster’s books at the age of 19, his philosophy of Only Connect made an enormous impression on me. In 1924, EM […]

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Culinary mapping and tourism development in South Africa’s Karoo region

 Culinary mapping and tourism development in South Africa’s Karoo region,  GE du Rand, Ingrid Booysen, Doreen Atkinson,African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Vol. 5 (4) – (2016). Abstract Successful development of cuisine as a niche tourism product has been portrayed in various countries in the world. The paper argues that the Karoo provides evidence […]

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District Socio-Economic Profile and Development Plans

Atkinson, D and Marais, L (2007), District Socio-Economic Profile and Development Plans, Arid Areas Research Programme Vol. 1, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   Introduction The arid areas comprise a major part of South Africa’s land surface. These areas are the Karoo (including the Little Karoo), Namaqualand and Kalahari, and straddle […]

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Economic decline and gentrification in a small town

Atkinson, D (2009), “Economic decline and gentrification in a small town: The case of Aberdeen, Eastern Cape”, Development Southern Africa, Volume 26, Issue 2 June, pages 271 – 288   Abstract Small towns are a neglected topic of study but they are gaining importance in South Africa because of rapid urbanisation. This paper discusses a […]

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Economic decline and gentrification in a small town: the business sector in Aberdeen, Eastern Cape

Economic decline and gentrification in a small town: the business sector in Aberdeen, Eastern Cape, Doreen Atkinson  Development Southern Africa, Volume 26, Issue 2 pp. 271-288 | DOI: 10.1080/03768350902899595   Abstract Small towns are a neglected topic of study but they are gaining importance in South Africa because of rapid urbanisation. This paper discusses a case study […]

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Emergent farmers, local knowledge and the implications for land reform

It is a curious phenomenon that modern municipalities in the southern provinces of South Africa own vast tracts of agricultural land. This was primarily the case in rural towns in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and the Free State. Many municipalities inherited public land, called “commonage” or “meentgronde”. In some cases, this land used to be […]

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Evaluation of Farm Worker Sanitation Projects in the Northern Cape

Squires, A, Ingle, M and Atkinson, D (2002), “Evaluation of Farm Worker Sanitation Projects in the Northern Cape”, Unpublished report for Mvula Trust and Department of Water Affairs, Kimberley. Programme context The farm worker sanitation projects in the Northern Cape must be seen in the context of a much broader sanitation programme in that province. This […]

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Fracking in a fractured environment: Shale gas mining and institutional dynamics in South Africa’s young democracy

This paper situates the question of shale gas mining in South Africa within broader debates on policy co-ordination within governmental systems. The prospect of shale gas mining has posed severe challenges for the complex inter-governmental system in South Africa. Three key Departments are affected by possible shale gas mining: Mineral Resources, Environmental Affairs and Water […]

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From on-farm to own farm?

Atkinson, D, Pienaar, D and Zingel, J (2004), From on-farm to own farm? The role of farm worker unions in land reform in South Africa, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, for the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Unpublished report.   Introduction This report forms the South African Country Study of a comparative regional study being […]

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Getting the chemistry right: Assessing the impact of the FIFA 2010 on Karoo towns

Atkinson, D (2012), “Getting the chemistry right: Assessing the impact of the FIFA 2010 on Karoo towns”, in Ronnie Donaldson and Lochner Marais (eds), Small Town Geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere, Nova Publishers, New York. (Contact author at karoo@intekom.co.za; book for sale from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com).  

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