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Professor Fayth Ruffin

Professor Fayth Ruffin

Interim, Director T&L

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Professor Fayth Ruffin’s careers span across the public, private, non-governmental and higher education sectors. She holds a Juris Doctorate (law) degree as well as a PhD in Global Affairs. Prof Ruffin joined UKZN pursuant to a critical skills visa in 2011. She retired as an Honorary Full Professor in 2020 and now serves as an interim director for the UTLO. Prior to joining UKZN, Prof Ruffin was an attorney and public manager/administrator in the USA. Her diverse interests revolve around multi-inter-transdisciplinary research drawing upon community-enabled teaching and learning together with research-led community engagement for knowledge co-production. Prof Ruffin’s expertise is centred on curricula design, delivery and transformation through cognitive justice in a digital age. She advances plural epistemologies as a matter of epistemic freedom.

Prof Ruffin supervises masters and doctoral students and is the holder of teaching and research awards. These include the 2018 UKZN Distinguished Teacher’s Award and the national 2019 HELTASA/CHE Teaching Excellence Award. She is a volunteer team member for the National University Teaching Awards (re)conceptualisation and implementation. Prof Ruffin has published widely. Her forthcoming 2024 book is entitled ‘Navigating manifestation: A wounded healer’s guide to spiritual consciousness’ which highlights the role of cognitive justice in higher education. Keynote addresses and conference papers have been delivered across four continents and ten countries. Prof’s workshops for postgraduate students and academics at various universities are driven by supervision pedagogies and promotion of our authentic selves whilst practicing the non-dualism of the personal and professional.

Education
  • Undergraduate education: Africana Studies, University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA.

  • Legal education: Juris Doctorate Degree, Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC (now University of District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law), USA.

  • Doctoral education: PhD in Global Affairs, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Campus at Newark, USA.

Research Interest

Research methodology; curricula design, delivery and transformation; public governance; global affairs; epistemic freedom; and indigenous knowledge systems.

Publication

Journal Articles

 

  • Mthuli, S, Ruffin, F & Singh, N 2022 ‘Define, Explain, Justify, Apply’ (DEJA): An analytic tool for guiding qualitative research sample size. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, pp 1 – 13. DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2021.1941646
  • Matsaure, K, Chindimba, A, Zimano, FR & Ruffin, F, 2020 ‘Looking under the veil: Challenges faced by people with disabilities in crossborder entrepreneurship’, African Journal of Disability 9(0), pp 1 – 10 a645. https://doi.org/ 10.4102/ajod.v9i0.645
  • Ruffin, F 2019 Indigenisation and Africanisation of legal education: Advantaging legal pluralism in South Africa. Alternation Journal: Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa. Special Edition: Curriculum without Borders: Transdisciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Teaching in Higher Education, 27 (2019) pp 111-138. https://doi.org/10.29086/2519-5476/2019/sp27a5
  • Zimano, F R and Ruffin, F 2018 Palpable linkage of supply chain management to hard and soft infrastructure marriage: The case of SADC road entry point management Systems. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management. 30(3), pp. 349-365. https://doi.org/10.1504/ijlsm.2018.092614
  • Mutereko, S & Ruffin, F 2018 Public Administration dilemmas: An analysis of teachers’ perceptions of the effects of performance evaluation in post-colonial South Africa. International Journal of Public Administration, 41(1), 34-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2016.1247366
  • Zimano, FR & Ruffin, F 2018 Simultaneous development of border points as trade facilitation: Advocacy to aid supply chain of goods through the case of SADC road entry points. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 31(3) 402 – 419. https://doi.org 10.1504/IJLSM.2018.095826
  • Fagbadebo, O & Ruffin, F 2017 Between the old and the new: Comparing the effectiveness of the pre and post-colonial administrations in the promotion of governance and accountability in Nigeria. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 16(1) 148-159. https://doi.org/10.17159/2412-4265
  • Mutereko, S & Ruffin, F 2017 Political accountability in education service delivery: Post- apartheid South African government’s responsiveness. Journal of Social Sciences 51(1-3) 166 – 181. https://doi.org/10.1080/09718923.2017.1305559
  • Ruffin, F 2016 Sacred space of African indigenous forces of nature: Environmental ethics      for the African Diaspora. Journal of Human Ecology 53(2): 124 – 134. https://doi.org/10.1080/09709274.2016.11906964
  • Ruffin, F, Teffo, LJ, & Kaya, H 2016 African indigenous languages and environmental communication. Journal of Human Ecology 53(2): 185 – 193. https://doi.org/10.1080/09709274.2016.11906971
  • Makoba, N & Ruffin, F 2016 Democratic governance and the outcomes approach to performance management through African epistemologies. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences XXX(2) Jul-Dec pp 143-167. ISBN 0971-4960. OCLC Number: 29934459
  • Mutereko, S & Ruffin, F 2016 Using performance standards as criteria to measure teacher effectiveness in post-apartheid South Africa. International Journal of Education Sciences 14(1, 2) 79-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/09751122.2016.11890481
  • Ruffin, F 2013 South African municipal international relations: The case of Metropolitan eThekwini. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences XXVII(1) Jan-June, 58-70.
  • Ruffin F & Mubangizi JC 2013 The morality and politics of humanitarian intervention with specific reference to the 2011 Libyan experience. Politeia: South African Journal for Political Science and Public Administration 32(2) 60-82. https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC149316. ISSN: 0256-8845
  • Qwabe, BR & Ruffin, R 2013 Human capital for quality infrastructure development in South Africa: A project-based pedagogical analysis. Journal of Social and Development Sciences 4(6) 278-285. https://doi.org/10.22610/jsds.v4i6.762. ISSN 2221-1152
  • Ruffin, F 2010 Roxborough on the rise: A case of generating sustainable buy-in. Drexel Law Review 3(1) 309-323.
  • Ruffin, F 2010 Collaborative network management for urban revitalisation: The business improvement district model. Public Performance and Management Review 33(3) 459-487. https://doi.org/10.2753 10.2753/
  • Ruffin, F 2008 Professionalising the field of business district management. Journal of Place Management and Development 1(1) 29-45. ISSN: 1753-8335 https://doi.org/10.1108/17538330810865327

 

Books and Book Chapters

 

  • Ruffin, F 2024 (forthcoming) Navigating Manifestation: A wounded healer’s approach to spiritual consciousness. Johannesburg, RSA: Inspired Publishing. https://faythruffin.com/
  • Fagbadebo, O & Ruffin, F (eds) 2019 Perspectives on the legislature and the prospects of accountability in Nigeria and South Africa. New York: Springer. eBook ISBN 978-3-319- 93509-6. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93509-6
  • Ruffin, F 2019 Land governance in the context of legal pluralism: Cases of Ghana and Kenya. In Akinola, AO and Wissink, H (eds) Trajectory of Land Reform in Post-Colonial African States: The Quest for Sustainable Development and Utilization. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78701-5. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78701-5
  • Fagbadebo, O & Ruffin, F 2017 From hate to love: South Africans and the xenophobia question. In Akinola, AO (ed) The Political Economy of Xenophobia in Africa. Puducherry. India: SPI Global. eBook ISBN. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64897-2
  • Ruffin, F & Martins, W 2016 Legal empowerment as social entrepreneurship: The KwaZulu-Natal cases of Bulwer and New Hanover. In Fields, Z (ed) Incorporating Business Models and Strategies into Social Entrepreneurship. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. pp 267 – 291. ISBN13: 9781466687486|ISBN10: 1466687487|EISBN13: 9781466687493|OI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8748-6
  • Ruffin, F & Reddy, M 2015 Towards solid intergovernmental relations for disaster risk reduction. In Reddy, P.S. and De Vries, M. (eds) Quo Vadis? Local Governance and Development in South Africa since 1994. Brussels: Bruylandt pp. 219 – 234.

 

Technical Research Reports and Policy Briefs

 

  • Ruffin, F 2021. Report data collector and writer for Project Renewal Report for the School of Management, Information Technology and Management.
  • Report consolidator for the University Teaching and Learning Portfolio.
  • Ruffin, F 2021. Report of Technical Advisor for the African Union Governance Campus on Curricula Development. African Peer Review Mechanism, a specialized agency of the African Union.
  • Ruffin, F 2020. Second Technical Progress Report on Scaling Access to Justice Research Collaboration, IDRC Project No. 108787-005. Funded   by   the International Development Research Centre in Canada. Pietermaritzburg: Centre for Community Justice and Development.
  • Ruffin, F 2019. First Technical Progress Report on Scaling Access to Justice Research Collaboration, IDRC Project No. 108787-005. Funded by the International Development Research Centre in   Canada.   Pietermaritzburg:   Centre   for Community Justice and Development.
  • Ruffin, F 2019. Exploring Case Management Strategies for the Community Advice Office Sector: The Centre for Community Justice and Development and Fifteen Community Advice Offices 2014 to 2017. Final Technical Research Report on Project Funded by Open Society Justice   Institute   of   the   Open   Society   Foundation, New York, New York. Pietermaritzburg: Centre for Community Justice and Development.
  • Ruffin, F, Martins, W, Mukorera, S 2018. Institutionalising the South African  community-advice office sector: Is it a worthwhile investment? Pietermaritzburg: Centre for Community Justice and Development.

 

Book Review, Newspaper and United Nations Chronicle Articles

 

Conferences and Presentations

Selected Plenary, Invited Panelist, Course Convener Engagement

 

  • Webinar creator and convener: Delving into the multi-level introspection modes of the doctoral journey. Doctoral School of the University of Mauritius in Mauritius. 13 September 2022.
  • Keynote Speaker: Learning and Teaching Day entitled The Experience of Becoming. Walter Sisulu University, Eastern Cape Province, RSA. 20 October 2022.
  • Workshop creator and convener: UCDP: Doctoral Supervision Pedagogies and Andragogies. College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal Province, RSA – series of workshops between October and December 2021.
  • Workshop creator and convener: Uplifting Our Academic Careers, School of Government Studies, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University.  Magalies Park Resort, North West Province, RSA. 8-9 November 2021 
  • Workshop creator and convener: Calling upon reflexive praxis as an indigenous healer in higher education. HELTASA (Un)Conference 6 – 10 December 2021. Theme:
  • Sivela phi? Siphi? Siya phi? – Being resilient, responsive and relevant in a shifting Higher Education context. Republic of South Africa.
  • Invited research expert: Invited by the International Development Research Centre on a virtual global platform on 18 August 2020 about the United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery with six continents represented. Highlighted how we can use African ways of knowing towards gender equity in a COVID-19 era.
  • Plenary panelist: Intersection of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 4 and 16 against the backdrop of coloniality and decoloniality. The SDGs are prosperity (as opposed to poverty), education and peace, justice and strong institutions. Annual conference of the Academy of Management. Panel organised by subsection Organisations and the Natural Environment (ONE). Invited to represent the African continent, 10 August 2020.
  • Plenary speaker: Aligning research project components to achieve meaningful empiricism. Invited to conduct a workshop on 10 August 2020 in the series organised by University Center of Research and Development at (UCRD) Galgotias University in Greater Nodia, Uttar Pradesh entitled Learning Practical Research Skills and Techniques, in collaboration with ITC Academy (an Indian Government initiative) from 10 to 14 August 2020.
  • Plenary speaker: International and comparative law: The winding road of indigeneity in global context. Annual International Faculty Development Programme at Chandigarh University in Pubjab, India, 6 to 10 July 2020. Presentation to the Law Faculty on 8 July 2020.
  • Plenary speaker: A critique of African Union 2063: Whither African epistemologies in resolving complexities of migration and refugees. Theme of the Second Annual African Governance Seminar Series: Governance Futures and the African Union Agenda 2063. Oraganisers: African Peer Review Mechanism of the African Union, 11-12 December 2019, Nairobi, Kenya. 
  • Plenary Speaker and Recipient of National CHE-HELTASA Teaching Excellence Award: Higher Education: A healing context. Conference theme: Pedagogies in Context, 27-29 November 2019. Organisers: Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, Republic of South Africa.
  • Plenary panellist: The Decolonisation of African Education Systems through Historical and Contemporary African Political and Social Thought. Conference theme: Restoring and Reviving African Dignity for the Africa We Want Through Advancing the History of African Ideas, 24 -25 July 2019, Organisers: DSI-NRF Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, convened at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Presidential Suite, Durban, Republic of South Africa.
  • Plenary panellist: Experts in Governance. “Intersectionality of regional governance and cross-national activities in southern Africa: The role of African epistemologies”. Inaugural Seminar for African Governance Seminar Series. Host: African Peer Review Mechanism of African Union. Radison-Blu Hotel Sandton-Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, 1- 2 December 2018.
  • Plenary Speaker: Epistemological underpinnings for coherence of dissertations and theses. Research Day, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Faculty of Management Sciences. Umlazi, South Africa 29-30 November 2018.
  • Plenary Speaker: Indigenisation and Africanisation of legal education: Advantaging legal pluralism in South Africa. Conference theme: Fostering quality teaching – enhancing students’ experience. Host: UKZN, College of Law and Management Studies, Annual Teaching and Learning Day, UKZN Westville Campus, 26 October 2017.
  • Two-hour workshop presenter: “AIKS research outcomes as emancipatory curriculum development: From the field to the classroom to the field”. Two hour workshop. 10th Annual UKZN International Teaching & Learning Conference in Higher Education. Theme: The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Advancing Teaching Innovation and Research Excellence in Higher Education. Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani in Durban, South Africa. 20 – 22 September 2016.
  • Plenary Speaker: Believing is seeing: Social entrepreneurship in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Women in Leadership Seminar, Women’s Day Programme, Durban City Hall, Council Chambers. Hosted by Rural Youth Development Foundation of South Africa, 08 August 2016.
  • Plenary panellist of experts on IKS epistemologies and methodologies. Conference Theme: Positioning African Ways of Knowing and Knowledge Production in the Global Conjectures: The Perspectives of African Emerging Researchers on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. International Conference on Post-graduate Students’ Research on IKS in Southern and Eastern Africa. DSI-NRF CIKS, Systems, November 2015.
  • Guest Speaker: Complementarity consciousness: Women in leadership, Respondent to Thought Leaders at eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Breakfast Seminar on Inclusive Leadership and Management, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Presidential Business Club, November 2015.
  • Course Convener: Strategic Infrastructure Projects for Water in South Africa. Emerging Managers Development Programme (EMDP) for employees of Umgeni Water Amanzi. Host: UKZN University Extended Learning Programme. 2 day course, Ascot Inn, Pietermaritzburg, July 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker: Leadership, freedom, and value: something inside so strong, so strong. Host: Rural Youth Development Foundation of South Africa, Umvithi Conference for Freedom Day in South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, April 2013.
  • Invited Contributor: Curriculum development in Disaster Risk Management: South African context. National Disaster Management Capacity Building Coordinating Forum Workshop. Host: National Disaster Management Centre. Klein Kariba, Bella Bella, Limpopo Province, April 2013.
  • Plenary Speaker: Human resources change management in a global era: Women on the rise. Women in Human Resources and Management Congress. Host: All Sectors Business Communications. Hilton Hotel Sandton – Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2012.
  • Plenary Speaker: Responsible partnerships: Private consultants in the public sector in a global era. Public Sector Consulting Conference. Host: Milla South Africa. Cape Town, April 2012.
  • Keynote Speaker: Gender equity and the new South Africa. Host: Women’s Month  Conference. Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, South Africa, August 2009.
  • Guest Lecturer: Comparative politics and International Law in a global era. Political Science Comparative Politics course. Host: Department of Political Science. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – Campus at Newark (USA), May 2008.
  • Course Convenor: Globalisation and sustainable development for Academic Study Associates’ pre-college and cultural immersion program for students from around the world. Host: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (USA), July – August 2008.
  • Plenary Speaker: Local developments of global proportion: International perspectives on Business Improvement District stakeholder engagement across networks. Host: Institute of Place Management. 2008 Annual Conference, London, England, UK, February 2008.

 

Selected Conference Presentations

 

  • Land for agricultural development: A nexus between land and people (with Mr T Ngcobo, MPA graduate. BRICS Conference hosting by the South African National School of Government on Governance and Public Administration Reforms; University of Pretoria Future Africa campus, 17 to 19 July 2023. 
  • The Interdependent Curricula of Public Administration and International Relations through Development and Implementation of International Local Governance Agreements (with Cum Laude Master’s Graduate, Ms N Jiyane). ASSADPAM 2022 Annual Conference in conjunction with UKZN. Disruptive Learning and the Future of Public Administration Education and Research. Riverside Hotel Conferencing Centre, Umhlanga, Durban, KZN, RSA. 23-25 November 2022.
  • The Assessment of Organizational Inclusion in the employment of Differently-abled people (with doctoral candidate Mr JT Mkhize) ASSADPAM 2022 Annual Conference in conjunction with UKZN. Disruptive Learning and the Future of Public Administration Education and Research. Riverside Hotel Conferencing Centre, Umhlanga, Durban, KZN, RSA. 23-25 November 2022.
  • Methodological experiences towards attaining epistemic freedom for KwaZulu-Natal traditional fishery development during a PhD journey (with SM Ziqubu, doctoral candidate) ASSADPAM 2022 Annual Conference in conjunction with UKZN. Disruptive Learning and the Future of Public Administration Education and Research. Riverside Hotel Conferencing Centre, Umhlanga, Durban, KZN, RSA. 23-25 November 2022.
  • A Technical and Vocational Education and Training transnational comparative analysis to enable holistic education and South African prosperity (with Mlu Mthembu, MPA graduate and Prof Wissink) ASSADPAM 2022 Annual Conference in conjunction with UKZN. Disruptive Learning and the Future of Public Administration Education and Research. Riverside Hotel Conferencing Centre, Umhlanga, Durban, KZN, RSA. 23-25 November 2022.
  • An African epistemological comparative analysis of the South African Small-Scale Fishery Policy and the Marine Fisheries Policy for South Africa: Towards socio-economic justice in policy promulgation (with Mr SM Ziqubu, doctoral candidate). 13th Annual SPMA International e-Conference on Public Administration and Management. University of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, RSA. October 2021.
  • Big     data     management:      Synchronising      complexities      of      the      South African Higher   Education    Admissions    Processes    (with    Dr    S    Dzingwa, received best presentation award). The 2nd International   Conference   on Computing and Big Data (ICCBD 2019). Co-organisers: Tunghai University, Singapore Institute of Electronics and Taichung Computer Association, 18-20 October 2019, Taichung Software Park, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • International Relations of Community-based Justice Systems: Realising Epistemic Freedom (with Dr W Martins). Millennium: Journal of International Studies Annual Conference London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 19-20 October 2019, London, England.
  • Fourth industrial revolution as a driver of the Post-School Education and Training applications process technology (with Dr S Dzingwa). Research colloquium theme: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for Post-School Education and Training (PSET). Organisers: South African Department of Higher Education and Training, 18-19 September 2019, Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
  • Public Service innovation: The South African community advice office model. Conference theme: Public Affairs, Governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Also, discussant for another panel. Organisers: 19th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management, 14 – 17 May 2019, University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, Republic of South Africa.
  • Exploring the resourcing, regulation and recognition of the community advice office sector. Workshop theme: People Power: Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Workshop. Host: Open Society Foundation South Africa, 13-15 March 2019 Garden Venue Hotel, Northriding, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
  • Exploring case management strategies for the community advice office sector in South Africa (with Dr W Martins). Organisation of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) conference. Latvia, September 2018.
  • Making community based justice systems sustainable: A case of South African community advice offices (with Dr W Martins). United Nations General Assembly side event: Tenth anniversary of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. New York City, USA, September 2018.
  • The “wicked problem” of fire risk reduction in informal settlements: A case of Clare Estates, eThekwini municipality, South Africa (with MPA graduate, Bongiwe Dludla). Conference theme: Global trends in Management, IT and Governance in an e-World at Open University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius, November 8 – 10 2017.
  • Actualising collaborative roles for indigenising academic programmes at the UKZN though African indigenous knowledge systems [with Dr T Moodley (Director, Quality Promotion Assurance) and Prof H Kaya (Director, DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems)]. (Award conferred). Conference theme: Fostering quality teaching – enhancing students’ experience. Host: UKZN, College of Law and Management Studies, Annual Teaching and Learning Day, UKZN Westville Campus, 26 October 2017.
  • Interrogating African epistemologies to redesign law school curriculum: Towards justice for all. Conference theme: Decolonizing knowledge production and dissemination in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Host: 8th annual Zululand Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 18 to 20 October 2017 at the University of Zululand Science Centre, Richards Bay, South Africa.
  • Manifest colonial legacies perpetuating illegal movements’ phenomenon: The case of SADC border management systems (with Dr FR Zimano). Conference theme: Decolonizing knowledge production and dissemination in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Host: 8th annual Zululand Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 18 to 20 October 2017 at the University of Zululand Science Centre, Richards Bay, South Africa.
  • Rethinking the role of African epistemologies and project management pedagogy in a decolonisation era: Reflections from South Africa (with Dr B Qwabe). Decolonizi8ng knowledge production and dissemination in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 8th annual Zululand Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, 18 to 20 October 2017.
  • The shift to private-based justice for domestic violence cases: Indigenous voices from rural KwaZulu-Natal (with Dr Winnie Martins). Conference theme: Decolonizing knowledge production and dissemination in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Host: 8th annual Zululand Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, 18 to 20 October 2017 at the University of Zululand Science Centre, Richards Bay, South Africa.
  • Session Rapporteur: Indigenous knowledge and food security. BRICS Countries International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Food Security and Environmental Governance for Climate Change Adaptation. Host: DST-NRF Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa, September 2016.
  • The global/local nexus of social entrepreneurship: A case for legal empowerment. Theme: Innovation and creative solutions for responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship for new economic growth strategies, transforming societies and/or emerging economies. 10th Annual African American European Summer School. International two week-long summer school programme for college students. Host: UKZN at Sica’s Guest House, Durban, South Africa, 15 – 26 August 2016.
  • The manifestations of historical legacies on road entry point management systems: Southern Africa’s regional integration case (with then doctoral candidate F Zimano), Theme: Innovation and creative solutions for economic growth strategies and sustainable futures. 4th Business Management Conference Host: UKZN, College of Law and Management Studies at Riverside Hotel, Durban, South Africa, 24 – 26 August 2016.
  • Twenty-first century project management education: Evidence from selected South African Universities (with then doctoral candidate B Qwabe). 4th Business Management Conference, Theme: Innovation and creative solutions for economic growth strategies and sustainable futures. Host: UKZN, College of Law and Management Studies at Riverside Hotel, Durban, South Africa, 24 – 26 August 2016.
  • Advancing good governance through the nexus of disaster risk reduction, indigenous knowledge systems and community participation (with then master’s candidate Nkanyiso Nxumalo). 4th Business Management Conference, Theme: Innovation and creative solutions for economic growth strategies and sustainable futures. Host: UKZN, College of Law and Management Studies at Riverside Hotel, Durban, South Africa, 24 – 26 August 2016.
  • Epistemologies and methodologies for uncovering African indigenous values for inclusion in contemporary governance (with then doctoral candidate PN Makoba). Also, Session Chair for Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Governance Issues. International Conference on Post-graduate Students’ Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Southern and Eastern Africa. Host: DST-NRF Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, November 2015.
  • Re-envisaging southern African road entry point management systems in the context of African epistemologies (with then doctoral candidate F Zimano). Session Chair for Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Governance Issues. International Conference on Post-graduate Students’ Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Southern and Eastern Africa. Host: DSI-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, November 2015.
  • Student engagement in curriculum delivery: A view from Public Governance curriculum design. Host: College of Law and Management Studies Teaching & Learning Day Programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, November 2015.
  • Sacred space of African indigenous forces of nature: Environmental ethics for the African Diaspora. Also, Rapporteur: Rural Development, Sustainable Livelihood and Gender: Implications on IKS and Environmental Ethics. International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Environmental Ethics: Implications for Peace-Building and Sustainable Development. Host: DST-NRF Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Systems, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, April 2015.
  • Network governance of access to justice: The case of Madadeni community advice office (with then doctoral candidate W Martins). Conference theme: Half-a-century of Disciplinary Existence – Antecedents, Evolution, Scholarship, Trends and Issues. Host: South African Association of Public Administration and Management, in conjunction with the Tshwane University of Technology, 15th Annual Conference Theme, Ditsong Cultural History Museum, Pretoria, April 2015.
  • Reconceptualising the role of tutor training in academic monitoring and support, Colloquium on Academic Monitoring and Support. Host: College of Law and Management and Studies and the University Teaching and Learning Office. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, November 2014.
  • Ethical skills and public procurement for infrastructure development in South Africa: A missing link (with then doctoral candidate B Qwabe). Host: Business Management Conference, College of Law and Management Studies of UKZN. Elangeni Southern Sun Hotel, Durban, 17 – 20 September 2014.
  • Democratic governance and the outcomes approach to performance management through African epistemologies (with then doctoral candidate N Makoba). Session Chair     and Co-presenter. Host: Business Management Conference, College of Law and Management Studies, Elangeni Southern Sun Hotel, Durban, 17 – 20 September 2014.
  • Problem-based learning as an exemplar of innovative constructivist learning (with Professors Ted Sommers and Petra Brysiewicz). Host: 8th Annual UKZN Teaching and Learning Higher Education Conference. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood Campus 25 – 27 September 2014.
  • South African municipal International Relations through a democracy and decentralisation lens. Theme: Good governance: The position of students, scholars and practitioners. Host: Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa 30 June to 4 July 2014.
  • Global governance: Bottom-up and horizontal strategies of local governance. Host: 7th Sino-US International Conference for Public Administration. Renmin University of China, 6 -7 June 2014.
  • African municipal International Relations: Administrative reforms at the crossroads. Host: International Institute of Administrative Sciences African Forum. Yaoundé, Cameroon, November 2013.
  • Problem-based learning from a DuBoisian pragmatism lens (best paper award). Host: Annual College of Law and Management Studies Teaching and Learning Day, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg Campus, September 2013. Best paper award receipient.
  • Human capital development and infrastructure development in South Africa: A project- based pedagogical analysis (with then doctoral candidate B Qwabe). Host: International Conference on Economics and Social Sciences (ICESS-2013) Bangkok, Thailand June 2013.
  • Uncovering African indigenous knowledge systems of justice and governance: Comparative cases of Bulwer, Ixopo, Madadeni and New Hanover (with then masters candidate W Martins). Host: Southern African Regional Colloquium on African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Methodologies and Epistemologies for Research, Teaching, Learning & Community Engagement in Higher Education. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, November 2012.
  • International Relations of local government: The case of eThekwini. Host: Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM) 2012 Annual Conference. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, October 2012.
  • Municipal Internationalism in metropolitan eThekwini, Host: Research Symposium of Metropolitan eThekwini and University Partners. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, September 2012.
  • Problem-based learning: Tool for pragmatic innovation in Higher Education. Host: Sixth Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, September 2012.
  • The role of local paralegals in KwaZulu-Natal restorative justice (with then masters candidate W Martins). International Conference: Law and Criminal Justice and Multi- Inter-Trans-Disciplinary Research. Host: University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, August 2012.
  • Problem-based Learning: Pedagogy for 21st century governance and development challenges. Host: Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). Bangkok, Thailand, July 2012.
  • Central city BIDs in the globalising metropolis: Localised neoliberalism in Cape Town, eThekwini, and Johannesburg? Session Chair and Presenter. Host: Business Management Conference. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, September 2011.
  • Role of the globalising business improvement district model in urban entrepreneurialism: Cape Town, Johannesburg, eThekwini. Moderator and Presenter. Host: Urban Affairs Association, 2010 Annual Conference – Sustaining Cities in a Time of Globalisation: Social, Economic and Political Realities. Honolulu, Hawaii, (USA) March 2010.
  • Tension in International Relations scholarship and practice: Lessons from the past – change for the future. Host: International Studies Association, 2010 Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA (USA), February 2010.
  • International Law – Grotius vs. Hobbes on constitutional arrangements: Who won? Who cares? Why does it matter? Lessons for International Relations scholars and practitioners. Host: International Studies Association, 2010 Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA (USA), February 2010.
  • Mentoring diverse scholars in International Studies: From graduate school to tenured professor. Roundtable Participant. Host: International Studies Association, 2010 Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA (USA), February 2010.
  • Roxborough on the rise: Case study about law and policy of a Philadelphia Business Improvement District. Conference on Business Improvement Districts and the Evolution of Urban Governance. Host: co-sponsored by the Drexel Center for Public Policy and the Earle Mack School of Law. Philadelphia, PA (USA), January 2010.
  • Global politics: Urban rebellion, Pan-Africanism and the quest for Black citizenship. Host: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2009 Annual Convention. Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), October 2009.
  • Globalisation, urbanisation, and social entrepreneurship: Citizenship across the African Diaspora. Host: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2009 Annual Convention. Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), October 2009.
  • Race, reform, and critical examination of contemporary politics. Session Chair and Discussant. Host: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2009 Annual Convention. Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), October 2009.
  • Framing the controversy surrounding Business Improvement Districts: Do they support social inequities and regional disparities? Moderator and Presenter. Host: National Academy of Public Administration’s Social Equity and Leadership 2009 Annual Conference, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – Campus at Newark. Newark, NJ (USA), June 2009.
  • Hybrid governance and network management: Performance management from a different angle. Host: International conference sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and the European Group for Public Administration: Fifth Transatlantic Dialogue, The Future of Governance in Europe and the U. S. Washington, C. (USA), June 2009.
  • Where public meets private: Network governance of the Business Improvement District model. International Conference Theme: Governing Good and Governing Well – The First Global Dialogue on Ethical and Effective Governance. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 2009.
  • Politics and administration, together again – naturally: Exploring the BID Model in the globalising metropolis: Newark and Cape Town. Discussant and Presenter. Host: New York State Political Science Association Conference. New York City (USA), April 2009.
  • Tension in International Relations scholarship. Host: Brown University Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Providence, RI, (USA) April 2009.
  • Globalisation of managerialism: The Business Improvement District Model. Host: Urban Affairs Association, 2009 Annual Conference. Chicago, IL (USA), March 2009.
  • Public Administration and intersectionality: Bridging the challenge of power differentials and inequities into opportunities for better performance. Host: American Society for Public Administration, 2009 Annual Conference. Miami, FL (USA), March 2009.
  • International Law – continuity and change: Moral considerations of Grotius in law and global politics – historically, contemporarily & futuristically. Host: International Studies Association, 2009 Annual Convention. New York, NY (USA), February 2009.
  • Collaborative Public Management for urban revitalisation: The Business Improvement District model. International Conference on Public Performance Measurement and Reporting. Host: Rutgers University – Campus at Newark, National Center for Public Performance. Newark, NJ (USA), January 2009.
  • Business Improvement Districts in the context of globalisation, regionalisation and urbanisation: comparatively speaking in Cape Town and Newark. Host: International Downtown Association Annual Conference and World Congress. Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 2008.
  • Role of the European Union and United Nations in localised institutional arrangements for urban governance. Sixth Garnet Ph.D. School: “Global Governance and Regionalism: The Institutional Dimension”. Intense week long, eight-hour day seminars collaboratively sponsored by the European Union, Institut d’Estudes Européennes, and Université Libre de Bruxelles. Brussels, Belgium, June 2008.
  • Bridging perspectives on intervention for humanitarian purposes: Law, morality, politics and race. Host: International Studies Association, 2008 Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA (USA), March 2008.
  • Business Improvement Districts: Mobilising and investing public and private capital for local revitalisation across the globe. Host: American Society for Public Administration 2008 Annual Conference. Dallas, Texas (USA), March 2008.
  • Gender and International Relations. Host: British International Studies Association Conference. London School of Economics, England, UK, January 2008.
  • Performance management for Business Improvement Districts. International Conference on Public Performance Measurement and Reporting. Host: Rutgers University – Campus at Newark, National Center for Public Performance. Newark, NJ (USA), November 2007.
  • From urban rebellion to model metropolitan governance in the context of globalisation. Host: New Jersey Historical Society & Rutgers’ Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience Conference on 40th Anniversary of Civil Disorders of 1967 Newark, NJ (USA), October 2007.
  • Professionalising the field of Business District Management. Host: International Downtown Association 2007 Annual Conference/World Congress. New York, NY (USA), September 2007.