Professor Ivor Chipkin

Executive Director

Ivor Chipkin is PARI’s Executive Director and an Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He completed his PhD at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France and was based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) between 2001 and 2004. He received an Oppenheimer fellowship in 2005 and took up a position at St Anthony’s college at the University of Oxford. He spent 4 years in the Democracy and Governance Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council where he acquired an intimate knowledge of government departments and agencies. In 2007 he published “Do South Africans Exist? Nationalism, Democracy and the Identity of ‘the People’ ” with Wits University Press. Ivor has also published widely on questions of government, governance and the State in South Africa. He is currently finishing a new book on the history of public sector reform in South Africa and its consequences for development and democracy.


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