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PATRICK BOND is a political economist (and recovering economist). He earned his PhD in economic geography under the supervision of David Harvey at Johns Hopkins University, following studies in Philadelphia at Penn’s Wharton School of Finance and an undergraduate economics degree at Swarthmore College. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and raised in Alabama, United States.
Bond is senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Built Environment and Development Studies, where since 2004, he has directed the Centre for Civil Society. His work presently covers aspects of economic crisis, environment (energy, water and climate change), social mobilisation, public policy and geopolitics, with publications about South Africa, Zimbabwe, the African continent and global-scale processes.
From 1994 to 2002, Bond authored and edited more than a dozen policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper. His research and critical public engagements cover topics ranging from global governance to national policy to urbanisation and environment, with an emphasis on economic justice and support for eco-social justice movements.
Bond has held various positions at Johannesburg NGOs, including Planact from 1990 to 1994 and the National Institute for Economic Policy between 1996 and 1997. Between 1989 and 1990, he worked at the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Political Studies and also in Washington, DC at the Institute for Policy Studies, Pacifica Radio, MarketPlace Radio and several international trade unions in the late 1980s.
Bond was active in the student and community movements in the United States and the international anti-apartheid movement. Thirty 30 years ago, he was radicalised by listening to lectures in Marxism by Pravin Gordhan in Durban, at Gandhi’s Phoenix base.
Bond’s books are among the most cited in South African social science.
South Africa – Present as History (co-authored with John Saul) Jacana Books and James Currey Press, 2014
Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa, Pluto Press and UKZN Press, 2014
Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below, UKZN Press, 2012
Durban’s Climate Gamble: Trading Carbon, Betting the Earth, Unisa Press, 2011
Zuma’s Own Goal: Losing South Africa’s ‘War on Poverty’ (co-edited with Brij Maharaj and Ashwin Desai), Africa World Press, 2010