Prof Doreen Atkinson

Rural and Urban Dynamics in the Eastern Cape Karoo A preliminary investigation over 100 years.

Nel, E, Hill, T, Taylor, B and Atkinson, D (2007), Rural and Urban Dynamics in the Eastern Cape Karoo A preliminary investigation over 100 years.   Abstract Arid and semi-arid areas are often considered environmentally and economically marginal which has been exacerbated by economic realities, shifts in agricultural production and land use, policy implementation and general perceptions […]

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Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo – Impacts on Social Fabric 

The term “social fabric” embraces numerous complex and interrelated phenomena, including demographic and economic factors, behavioural issues (e.g. investment choices, political dynamics), social institutions (e.g. families), social organisations (e.g. municipalities and churches), and social networks, or relationships amongst people. The social fabric is underpinned by people’s beliefs and sentiments, including a sense of belonging and […]

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Soft boundaries: Pro-poor tourism and cross-border collaboration in the arid areas of Southern Africa

Doreen Atkinson (2008), “Soft boundaries: Pro-poor tourism and cross-border collaboration in the arid areas of Southern Africa”, in K Wohlmuth, A Adeolu, P Burger, et al (eds), African Development Perspectives Yearbook 2008, Muenster, Germany, pp 489-514. (Contact the author on karoo@intekom.co.za).  

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup and the rural hinterland

Atkinson, D (2009), “The 2010 FIFA World Cup and the rural hinterland: Maximising advantage from mega events”, in U. Pillay, R. Tomlinson and O. Bass (eds), Development and Dreams: The Urban Legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup, HSRC Press, Cape Town, pp. 153-173.   Introduction In this chapter, regional tourism in non-host areas is […]

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The need for agricultural extension services for municipal commonage farmers

Atkinson, D (2007), “The need for agricultural extension services for municipal commonage farmers”, Journal of Agricultural Extension, vol. 36.   Abstract  The paper focuses on the agricultural skills of black and coloured “emergent” farmers using municipal commonage land in South Africa. This paper is based on in-depth interviews with 28 commonage users, undertaken in Philippolis […]

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The possibilities and pitfalls presented by a pragmatic approach

O’Farrell, De Lange, WJ, Le Maitre, DC, Reyers, B, Blignaut, JN, Milton, SJ, Atkinson, D, Egoh, B, Maherry, C, and Cowling, RM (2011), “The possibilities and pitfalls presented by a pragmatic approach to ecosystem service valuation in an arid biodiversity hotspot”, Journal of Arid Environments, 75 (2011), 612-623. Accessed at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140196311000231   Abstract Arid regions […]

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Thinking regionally: Aviation and development implications in the Karoo region

This study focuses on regional economic development in South Africa, across provincial political jurisdictions. The article argues that remote hinterlands can be more usefully understood as forming an integrated whole, rather than functioning as the poor rural cousins of their provincial metropoles. This article considers three propositions: that key transport projects (such as airports) may […]

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Towards a post-mining economy in a small town

Marais, L and Atkinson, D (2006), Towards a post-mining economy in a small town: Challenges, obstacles and lessons from Koffiefontein, South Africa, Paper presented at the Desert Knowledge Conference, Alice Springs, Australia, 2-4 November.   Introduction  Mining closure has been an international phenomenon as resource depletion has continued and economic changes have resulted in the […]

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Towards Soft Boundaries: International cross-border tourism development in SA’s arid areas

Atkinson, D (2007a), Towards Soft Boundaries: International cross-border tourism development in Southern Africa’s arid areas, Arid Areas Programme unpublished report.   Introduction In the central hinterland of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia lies a vast arid area. This area is known as the Karoo (in the south-central parts), Namaqualand in the west, Richtersveld and Namib in the […]

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Urbanisation and the future urban agenda in South Africa

Atkinson, D and Marais, L (2006), “Urbanisation and the future urban agenda in South Africa” in Democracy and Delivery: Urban policy in South Africa, edited by Richard Tomlinson and Udesh Pillay, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria. The book can be downloaded for free at: http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/product.php?productid=2153   Democracy and Delivery: Urban Policy in South Africa tells the […]

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