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Dr Federica Duca

Senior Researcher and OIS Academic Coordinator

Federica Duca

Federica is a PhD graduate from the University of Trento, Italy. She is the Lead for PARI’s Organisational and Institutional Studies (OIS) degree programme at Wits University. Her recent work considers state-society relations through taxation in Cameroon and other African countries. Prior to that, she  conducted research in Roodepoort, on the social consequences of daily life in gated communities. She is trained in Sociology and did her Bachelor of Arts research on gangsterism and her Masters research on residential segregation in an Italian coastal town. She has previously conducted research in South Africa on gangsterism and fear of crime in Soshanguve, near Pretoria. Her research interests include urban studies, representation of space and social construction of urban forms and means of its transformation.



Duca, F. and S. Meny-Gibert (eds) (2023) State-society Relations Around the World Through the Lens of the Covid-19 Pandemic. New York, NY and Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Soares Guimarães, A., F. Duca and T. Ndlovu (2018) ‘Taxation and State-Society Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa: the cases of Cameroon, Mozambique and South Africa’. A PARI report. Johannesburg: Public Affairs Research Institute.

Duca, F. (2018) ‘Towards a holistic understanding of taxes: coming to grips with the idea of the just tax in Cameroon’, in P. Rivera-Vargas, J. Muñoz-Saavedra, R. Morales Olivares and S. Butendieck-Hijerra (eds) Políticas Públicas para la Equidad Social. (pp. 277-86). Santiago de Chile: Colección Políticas Públicas, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Ledger, T., R. Brunette, F. Duca, I. Makukule and G. Tshimomola (2016) ‘2013/14 Red Zone Municipalities: Municipal Audit Outcomes Unpacked’. A PARI report. Johannesburg: Public Affairs Research Institute and South African Local Government Association.

Duca, F. (2016) ‘The Elite in the City: Spaces and Structures of Inequality in Johannesburg’, in A. Machin and N. Stehr (eds) Understanding Inequality: Social Costs and Benefits, pp. 403–18. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Duca, F. (2015) ‘Gating in urban Johannesburg: digging inside the social and political systems of a golf estate and an open suburb’, in S. Bagaeen and O. Uduku (eds) Beyond Gated Communities. Oxon: Routledge.

Duca, F. (2013) ‘New Community in a New Space: Artificial, Natural, Created and Contested. An Idea taken from a Golf Estate in Johannesburg’, Social Dynamics, 39(2): 191–209.