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PhD Theses
Completed PhD theses
  1. Nerhene Davis, Great expectations for strategic partnerships and agrarian reform in Limpopo: actors, process and outcome
  2. Rosalie Kingwell, The Map is not the Territory: Law and Custom in ‘African Freehold’: A South African Case Study
  3. Donna Hornby Social differentiation and class dynamics in the Commercial Land Reform Farmer Support Programme in KwaZulu-Natal
  4. Farai Mtero, Smallholders and social differentiation in the Massive Food Production Programme, Eastern Cape
Two PhD theses are due to be submitted in 2015
  1. Amelia Genis: Accumulation and differentiation: the dynamics of change in the large-scale commercial farming sector of South Africa
  2. Tshililo Manenzhe: Strategic Partnerships in the Levubu Valley:  Agrarian change and the fate of farm workers
MPhil Theses
Completed MPhil (by research) theses
  1. Alex Dubb, Smallholder out-grower schemes in the sugar sector in KwaZulu-Natal (cum laude)
  2. Marc Lewis, Small-scale food production projects in Johannesburg - lessons for food security and sustainable farming in urban South Africa
  3. Bulisani Ncube, Livelihoods and production in smallholder irrigation schemes: the case of New Forest Irrigation Scheme in Mpumalanga Province (cum laude)
Completed MPhil (by coursework) mini-theses
  1. Thoko Buthelezi, Sustainability and pro-poor value chain governance in the Mtateni Irrigation Scheme, Msinga
  2. Nonhlanzeko Mthembu, Food production systems in ex-labour tenant communities in KwaZulu-Natal
MPhil mini-theses to be completed in 2015
  1. Thulisile Msomi, Smallholder organic farming for supermarkets: the case of the Ezemvelo Farmer’s Co-operative
  2. Pretty Maluka, Rural Livelihoods and agricultural production in smallholder irrigation schemes: The case of Hoxane irrigation scheme in Bushbuckridge area of Mpumalanga province.

 

Publications to date (2010 – 2015)
Books
  1. Hebinck, Paul and Ben Cousins (eds), 2013. In the Shadow of Policy. Everyday Practices in South Africa’s Land and Agrarian Reform. Johannesburg :Wits University Press.
  2. Cliffe, Lionel, Jocelyn Alexander, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzwana (eds) , 2013. Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track land Reform in Zimbabwe. London and New York: Routledge.
  3. Aliber, Michael, Themba Maluleke, Tshililo Manenzhe, Gaynor Paradza and Ben Cousins, 2013. Land reform and Livelihoods. Trajectories of change in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  4. Langford, Malcolm, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard and Tshepo Madlingozi (eds), 2013. Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa. Symbols or Substance?  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  5. Cousins, Ben and Cherryl Walker (eds.), 2015. Land Divided, Land Restored. Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century. Johannesburg: Jacana.
  6. Greenberg, Stephen (ed), 2013. Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
Journal articles
  1. Cousins, Ben and Ian Scoones, 2010. “Contested paradigms of ‘viability’ in redistributive land reform: perspectives from southern Africa”. Journal of Peasant Studies 37 (1): 31-66.
  2. Cliffe, Lionel, Jocelyn Alexander, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzwana, 2011.  ‘An overview of Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe: editorial introduction’, in: Journal of Peasant Studies 38 (5): 1-32.
  3. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘Smallholder irrigation schemes, agrarian reform and ‘accumulation from above and from below’ in South Africa’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 13(1):  116-39.
  4. Aliber, Michael and Ben Cousins, 2013. ‘Livelihoods after Land Reform in South Africa’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 13(1):  140-56.
  5. O’Laughlin, Bridget, Henry Bernstein, Ben Cousins and Pauline E. Peters, 2013. ‘Introduction: Agrarian Change, Rural Poverty and Land Reform in South Africa since 1994’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 13(1):  1-15.
  6. Hall, Ruth and Ben Cousins, 2013. ‘Livestock and the rangeland commons in South Africa’s land and agrarian reform’. African Journal of Range & Forage Science 2013: 1–5.
  7. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘Women’s land rights and social change in rural South Africa: the case of Msinga, Kwazulu-Natal’. Acta Juridica No. 13 (special issue on ‘Marriage, Land and Custom’): 73- 99.
  8. Evans, Laura, 2012. ‘South Africa's Bantustans and the Dynamics of “Decolonisation”: Reflections on Writing Histories of the Homelands’, South African Historical Journal 64 (1): 117-137.
  9. Evans, Laura, 2013. ‘Gender, Generation and the Experiences of Farm Dwellers Resettled in the Ciskei Bantustan, South Africa, ca 1960–1976’. Journal of Agrarian Change 13: 213–233.
  10. Greenberg, Stephen, 2013. ‘A gendered analysis of wine export value chains from South Africa to Sweden’, Agrekon 52 (): 34-62.
  11. Kingwill, Rosalie, 2011. ‘Family Title: Title Deeds, Ownership and ‘Law’. Transformer, July, August, September 2011. East London: Afesis-Corplan.
  12. Kingwill, Rosalie, 2012. ‘Lost In Translation. Family title in Fingo Village, Grahamstown’. In Mostert, H. & Bennett, T. (eds) Special Issue. Acta Juridica 2011. Cape Town: Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town Press.
  13. Kingwill, Rosalie, 2013. 'In the Shadows of the Cadastre: family law and custom in Rabula and Fingo Village', in: Paul Hebinck and Ben Cousins (eds), In the Shadow of Policy. Everyday practices in South African Land and Agrarian Reform. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
  14. Kingwill, Rosalie, 2014. ‘Papering Over the Cracks: an Ethnogrpahy of Land Title in the Eastern Cape. Kronos 40: 241-269.
  15. Kingwill, Rosalie, 2014. ‘An Inconvenient Truth: Individual tenure and ‘customary’ property relations’ in Mostert, H., Verstappen, L. & Zevenbergen, J.  Land Tenure Security: Perspectives on Individualisation. Contemporary Studies in Legal and Applied Research Vol IV. Cape Town: Juta.
  16. Sjaastad, E., Derman, B., & Manenzhe, T., 2013. ‘Reconstruction of Communal Property: Membership and Rights in Limpopo's Restitution Process’. Forum for Development Studies 40 (3):413-434.

 

Book chapters
  1. Cousins, Ben 2010. “The politics of communal tenure reform: A South African case study”, in: Ward Anseeuw and Chris Alden (eds), The Struggle over Land in Africa. Conflicts, Politics and Change. Cape Town: HSRC Press (55-70).
  2. Cousins, Ben, 2011. “What is a smallholder? Class-analytic perspectives on small-scale farming and agrarian reform in South Africa”, in: P. Hebinck and C. Shackleton (eds), Reforming Land and Resource Use in South Africa. Impact on livelihoods, London and New York: Routledge (86-111).
  3. Cousins, Ben, 2011. “The South African agro-food regime”, in: Ben Turok (ed), The Controversy about Economic Growth, Auckland Park, SA: Jacana Media and DBSA: 91-109.
  4. Cousins, Ben, 2012. “Home Land: the ambiguities of rural life in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa”, in: Heidi Grunebaum and Emile Maurice (eds), Uncontained. Opening the Community Arts Project archive. Cape Town: Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape: 176-185.
  5. Spierenburg, Marja, Ben Cousins, Angelique Bos and Lubabalo Ntsholo, 2012. ‘Connecting Communities and Business: Public-Private Partnerships as the Panacea for Land Reform in Limpopo Province, South Africa’, in: Mirjam de Bruijn and Rijk van Dijk (eds), The Social Life of Connectivity in Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (161-182).
  6. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘Land and agriculture uncoupled: the political economy of rural reform in post-apartheid South Africa’, in: Paul Hebinck and Ben Cousins (eds), 2013. In the Shadow of Policy. Everyday Practices in South Africa’s Land and Agrarian Reform. Johannesburg: Wits University Press (47-62).
  7. Cousins, Ben and Ruth Hall, 2013, ‘Rights without Illusions: The Potential and Limits of Rights-Based Approaches to Securing Land Tenure in Rural South Africa’, in: Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard and Tshepo Madlingozi (eds), 2013. Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa. Symbols or Substance?  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (157-186).
  8. Malcolm Langford, Jackie Dugard, Tshepo Madlingozi and Ben Cousins, 2013. ‘Concluding Perspectives’, in: Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard and Tshepo Madlingozi (eds), 2013. Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa. Symbols or Substance?  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (421-458).
  9. Cliffe, Lionel, Jocelyn Alexander, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzwana, 2013.  ‘An overview of Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe: editorial introduction’, in: Cliffe, Lionel, Jocelyn Alexander, Ben Cousins and Rudo Gaidzwana (eds), Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track land Reform in Zimbabwe. London and New York: Routledge.
  10. Cousins, B. 2013. ‘Women’s land rights and social change in rural South Africa: the case of Msinga, Kwazulu--Natal’, in: Aninka Claassens and Dee Smythe (eds), Marriage, Land and Custom. Cape Town, UCT Press (73- 99).
  11. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘’Accumulation from below’ and the Tugela Ferry irrigation farmers’, in: Stephen Greenberg (ed), Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa. Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape (83-89).
  12. Cousins, B., 2014. ‘Land and land reform in South Africa’, in: Haroon Bhorat, Alan Hirsch, Ravi Kanbur and Mthuli Ncube (eds), The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
  13. Cousins, Ben, 2015. “‘Through a glass darkly’: towards agrarian reform in South Africa’, in: Ben Cousins and Cherryl Walker (eds), 2015. Land Divided, Land Restored. Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century. Auckland Park: Jacana (250-269).
  14. Davis, Nerhene, 2013. ‘Actors, agency and innovation in the citrus value chain: lessons for land reform from the Moletele land claim, Limpopo Province’, in: Stephen Greenberg (ed.) Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa. Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  15. Greenberg, Stephen, 2013. ‘Introduction: Smallholders and value chain integration in South Africa, in: Stephen Greenberg (ed.) Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  16. Greenberg, Stephen, 2013 .’Smallholders and the “Walmart effect” in South Africa, with Gaynor Paradza, in: Stephen Greenberg (ed.) Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  17. Kingwill, Rosalie, 2012. ‘Lost In Translation. Family title in Fingo Village, Grahamstown’, in: H. Mostert, and T. Bennett, Pluralism and Development. Studies in Access to Property in Africa. Cape Town: Juta.
  18. Walker C. and B. Cousins, 2015. ‘Land divided, land restored: Introduction”, in: Ben Cousins and Cherryl Walker (eds), 2015. Land Divided, Land Restored. Land Reform in South Africa for the 21st Century. Auckland Park: Jacana (1-23).
Research reports, occasional papers and policy briefs
  1. Cousins, B., 2010. “What is a smallholder? Class-analytic perspectives on small-scale farming and agrarian reform in South Africa”. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 24pp (Working Paper 16).
  2. Cousins, B. and R. Hall, 2010, ‘Rights without Illusions: The Potential and Limits of Rights-Based Approaches to Securing Land Tenure in Rural South Africa’, Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, 24pp (Working Paper 18).
  3. Cousins B., (with R. Alcock, N. Dladla, D. Hornby, M. Masondo, G. Mbatha, M. Mweli and C. Alcock), 2011, Imithetho yomhlaba yaseMsinga: The living law of land in Msinga District, KwaZulu-Natal. Research Report 43, Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape (with MRDP and LEAP), 88 pp
  4. Cousins B. (with A. Dubb) 2013. ‘Many land reform projects improve beneficiary livelihoods’, Land Reform Fact Sheet 4. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  5. Cousins, B., 2014, ‘Agricultural Land Holdings Policy’, PLAAS Position Paper for Land Tenure Summit, September 2014. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  6. Cousins, B., R. Hall and A. Dubb, 2014. ‘The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2014. What are the Real Implications of Reopening Land Claims?’ PLAAS Policy Brief 34. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  7. Dubb, A., 2012. ‘Social reproduction, accumulation and class differentiation. Small-scale sugarcane growers in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’. PLAAS Working Paper No. 25. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  8. Dubb, A., 2013. ‘The rise and fall of small-scale sugar production in South Africa, A historical perspective’. PLAAS Working Paper No. 28. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  9. Genis, A., 2012. ‘The changing nature of large-scale commercial farming & implications for agrarian reform. Evidence from Limpopo, Western Cape and Northern Cape’. PLAAS Working Paper No. 24. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  10. Greenberg, S., 2013. ‘Giving with one hand and taking with two: A critique of AGRA's Africa Agriculture Status Report 2013’, co-authored with Mariam Mayet and Haidee Swanby in the name of African Centre for Biosafety, Nov 2013.
  11. Greenberg, S., 2013. ‘The disjunctures of land and agricultural reform in South Africa: Implications for the agri-food system’, PLAAS Working Paper 26Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  12. Greenberg, S., 2014. Running to stand still: Small-scale farmers and the Green Revolution in Malawi. Johannesburg: Africa Centre for Biosafety.
  13. Lahiff, Edward, Nerhene Davis and Tshililo Manenzhe, 2012. Joint ventures in agriculture: Lessons from land reform projects in South Africa. London/Rome/Cape Town: IIED/IFAD/FAO/PLAAS.
  14. Lawry, S, C. Samii, R. Hall, A. Leopold, A, D. Hornby, and F. Mtero,, 2014. The impact of land property rights interventions on investment and agricultural productivity in developing countries: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2014:1. Creative Commons, funded by the UK’s Department of International Development.
  15. Mtero, Farai, 2012. ‘Commercialisation, de-agrarianisation and the accumulation/ reproduction dynamic. Massive maize production schemes in the Eastern Cape, South Africa’. PLAAS Working Paper No. 23. Cape Town: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  16. Weinberg, T. and B. Cousins, 2014. ‘Communal Property Associations’, CLS Position Paper for Land Tenure Summit, September 2014. Centre for Law and Society, University of Cape Town.
  17. Williams, Ethan, 2014. ‘Changes in South Africa’s agricultural trade regime, 1996-2013’. PLAAS Working Paper 31, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University if the Western Cape.

 

Popular media
  1. Cousins, Ben, 2010. “Time to ditch the ‘disaster’ scenarios”. Mail and Guardian, May 21-25, 2010.
  2. Cousins, Ben, 2012. ‘Land redistribution needs political will’, Mail and Guardian, June 25-29, 2012.
  3. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘Painting a landscape of downward accountability’, Cape Argus, April 8, 2013.
  4. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘Agriculture can be used to create jobs for our people, Cape Argus, April 8, 2013.
  5. Cousins, Ben and Ruth Hall, 2013. ‘Farming problems are clear but the solutions are not’, Mail and Guardian, June 14-20, 2013.
  6. Cousins, Ben, 2013. ‘Land Redistribution, Populism and Elite Capture: New Land Reform Policy Proposals Under the Microscope’, Focus 70, October 2013 (magazine of the Helen Suzman Foundation, special issue on land).
  7. Cousins, B., 2014, ‘New land redistribution policies in South Africa’, Focus on Land, Landesa, www.landesa.org, 14th January 2014. (http://www.focusonland.com/resources/opinion-assessing-south-africas-new...)
  8. Cousins, B. and R. Hall, 2014. ‘ANC land policy: talk left, walk right’, Mail and Guardian, 24th January 2014.
  9. Cousins, B., 2014. ‘The commons in Southern Africa: reflections on efforts to link research, theory, policy and politics’, The Commons Digest, International Association for the Study of the Commons, Spring 2014 (4-9).
  10. Greenberg, Stephen, 2013. “Industrial agriculture vs. food sovereignty’, Amandla! 30 (April 2013).
  11. Greenberg, Stephen, 2013. ‘Capitalist expansion and agri-food systems in the Southern African region: A study on the relationship between the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and small-scale farmer associations’. People’s Dialogue (January 2013)
  12. Walker, Cherryl and Ben Cousins, 2015. ‘Has land reform lost its purpose?’, Business Day, 4th March 2015.