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Brittany Bunce

Student Focus:

Political economy of agrarian change, land deals and joint ventures, rural livelihoods and communal property.

Biography:

Brittany joined PLAAS in 2015 as a PhD student and is supervised by Professor Ben Cousins. Her research interest is broadly on the political economy of agrarian change. Brittany’s PhD will focus on agricultural investments in the communal areas of the Eastern Cape in South Africa in the form of ‘joint ventures’ (JVs). The research will explore the impacts of JVs on livelihoods, land rights and accumulation dynamics in the countryside. The study is interested in understanding the diverse ways in which local residents pursue their livelihoods and how JVs are transforming this, possibly catalysing processes of social differentiation. The research will explore the wider political and policy lessons that can be drawn from these cases of large-scale agricultural investments on communal land and the implications they have for agrarian change in South Africa.

Prior to joining PLAAS Brittany worked for a number of civil society organisations and has also conducted evaluations of government programmes in her capacity as a research consultant. One of the evaluations she was involved with was the ‘Implementation Evaluation of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP)’ for the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). Brittany also worked for the Black Sash as Project Manager for an action research project focused on strengthening the role of Community Health Committees in monitoring the health system in rural areas of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Brittany has a wide range of interests and experience in the field of social policy and development.

Qualifications:

MSc in Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science.
BSocSci in Politics and History, University of Cape Town.

Publications

  1. Bunce, B. 2015. ‘Communal Area Agriculture and Rural Development: A Consultation Workshop Held at the Donald Woods Foundation in Hobeni, September 15th - 17th 2015: Workshop Report’. Cape Town: PLAAS and The Donald Woods Foundation.
  2. Bunce, B and Cousins, B. 2015. ‘Communal area agriculture and rural development: A Consultation Workshop Held at the Donald Woods Foundation in Hobeni, September 15th - 17th, 2015: Summarised Report’. Cape Town: PLAAS and The Donald Woods Foundation.
  3. Bunce, B & Ngubane, M. 2015. Land grabbing and threats to rural democracy on the agenda at Communal Land Tenure Indaba. Another Countryside. (blog)
  4. Bunce, B. (2015). Challenging assumptions of 'homogenous peasantry. Another Countryside. (blog)
  5. Bunce, B. 2014. ‘Strengthening community accountability mechanisms to improve maternal and child health: The promise of community scorecards’. Presented at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, 30 September-3 October 2014, Cape Town.
  6. Bunce, B and Phillips, L. 2014. ‘Case Study: Using the Community Scorecard to address maternal and child health challenges in uMgungundlovu and OR Tambo Districts’. Paper presented at, National Colloquium on Health Committees, hosted by the Learning Network for Health and Human Rights and UCT, 29th September 2014, Cape Town. Cape Town: Black Sash Trust, the RMCH Programme (DFID) and South African National Department of Health.
  7. Bunce, B and Phillips, L. 2014. ‘Baseline Report: Strengthening Community Accountability Mechanisms to Improve Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Services’. Cape Town: Black Sash Trust, the RMCH Programme (DFID) and South African National Department of Health.
  8. Bunce, B., Clayton, J and Phillips, L. 2014. ‘Strengthening Community Health Committees to improve maternal and child health: Facilitators Manual”. Cape Town: Black Sash Trust, the RMCH Programme (DFID) and South African National Department of Health.
  9. Impact Economix. 2013. ‘Implementation Evaluation of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP)’. Pretoria: The Presidency, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.
  10. Bunce, B. 2012. ‘Using payments for environmental services (PES) to create sustainable livelihoods for land reform beneficiaries in South Africa’, MSc (Social Policy and Development) thesis. London School of Economics and Political Science.
  11. Bunce, B. 2013. ‘Using payments for environmental services (PES) to create sustainable livelihoods for land reform beneficiaries in South Africa’, Paper presented at, Land Divided Conference: Land and South African Society in Comparative Perspective, 24-27 March 2013, University of Cape Town.