Prof Julian May

Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence on Food Security

Expertise : Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment.

Prof Julian May obtained his doctoral degree in Development Studies University of the KwaZulu-Natal. He is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Department of Social Policy, Oxford University and the South African Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.

Between 1994 and 1998, Prof. May led the Poverty and Inequality Report, the first review of South Africa's poverty reduction policies in the post-apartheid era.  Internationally, he has worked on an evaluation of the World Bank's social fund program in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Zambia and Malawi, bio-diversity studies in Mozambique and Namibia, poverty reduction strategy in Lesotho, Zambia and Uganda, and on monitoring and evaluation in Mauritius, Maldives, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

He was the principal researcher for the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Survey (KIDS), a ten year panel study of poverty dynamics. With the support of funding received from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union, these data are being further analysed in a project being conducted with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Cape Town.

He has edited 3 books, published over 60 papers in books and academic journals, and produced more than 120 working papers, research reports and other publications.   His research interests are poverty and inequality, agrarian reform, and impact assessment methodologies.

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