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Everisto Mugocha

DPRU Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Everisto holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Witwatersrand under the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) scholarship. Prior to undertaking his doctorate, Everisto was a senior research fellow at Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU), participating in government policy advice and structural change research. In addition to studying, Everisto has worked as a sessional lecturer and research assistant at the following institutions: the University of Witwatersrand, Monash University (Johannesburg campus), and the African Leadership Academy.  He has lectured courses including Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Labour market economics, International trade, and Analytical methods, among others.

Everisto has also participated in research such as UNESCO projects on World trends in freedom of expression and media development, a European Union Chamber in collaboration with the European Union Delegation project on BBEEE Compliance, and an Institute for Democratic Alternatives in South Africa (IDASA) project on HIV expenditure tracking.

Everisto will be involved with the INSETA-UCT Research Chair work, and the Industrialisation in Africa project. As his research interests align with industry and firm-based work, he will no doubt be a valuable contributor to many of our research programmes over the course of his fellowship.

Nancy Benjamin

DPRU Research Fellow

Following a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, Ms. Benjamin worked as an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, in the Asia Department of the IMF, the Research Department of the US International Trade Commission, and published on resource-rich countries, the impact of trade policy on productivity and growth, nontariff barriers, and on trade in services.

At the World Bank, she has worked on West African and Middle Eastern countries, focusing on public expenditures, growth, governance and informality, as well as the regulation of multi-country infrastructure.  She enjoys working closely with the World Bank's client countries; her work on the informal sector is the product of extensive collaboration with local research teams.

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