Dr. Rasigan Maharajh

Speaker-Rasigan-MaharajhAssociate Research Fellow

Rasigan Maharajh is concurrently Nodal Head of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation’ Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, an Associate Research Fellow of the Tellus Institute in Boston, visiting Professor at Rede de Pesquisa em Sistemas e Arranjos Produtivos e Inovativos Locais in the Instituto de Economia of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilan Associate Research Fellow of the Tellus Institute in Boston and Visiting Scholar at the George Perkins Marsh Institute of Clark University in Worcester, United States of America.

He is also the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation in the Faculty of Economics and Finance at Tshwane University of Technology in the Republic of South Africa where his primary research foci include evolutionary political economy, innovation systems and public policies in the context of the global knowledge commons, economic development, social cohesion and democratic governance. Since 2014, he is also the Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science Policy of the National Research Foundation of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology.

Rasigan re-joined academia in 2004, after deployments including as: Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (1997 - 2004); and, National Coordinator of the Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa’s first democratic government (1995 - 1997).

Prior to 1995, and whilst formally engaged as: Senior Researcher at the Education Policy Unit of the University of Natal (1994); National Coordinator and Researcher at Operation Upgrade of Southern Africa (1993); Research Assistant at the Macro-Education Policy Unit of the University of Durban-Westville (1992); Research Assistant and Desk-Top Publisher at the Labour and Community Project of the South African Council for Higher Education (1988 - 1990); and Casual Labourer at Pick and Pay Supermarkets (1985 - 1987); Rasigan simultaneously held elected leadership positions within the organised student, youth and labour structures of the United Democratic Front, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the African National Congress.

Rasigan graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Forskningspolitiska Institutet of Lund University in Sweden. He is also an alumnus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa and the Harvard Business School of the United States.

Rasigan has produced and contributed to numerous monographs, peer-reviewed articles in accredited scientific journals, chapters in academic books and other seminars and colloquia. He serves on the editorial board of a scientific journal, is an active peer reviewer and a frequent member of scientific committees for academic conferences.

Rasigan holds appointments to the governing boards of public and private enterprises, and is also a Ministerial Representative to the Council of Rhodes University (2012 – 2017). He is an elected Senator of Tshwane University of Technology (2012 – 2015).

Rasigan is an active member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence-building Systems (Globelics) and serves on the Scientific Board for the Africa Region (AfricaLICS).

Rasigan is a member of the Steering Group of the South Africa Forum for International Solidarity where he convenes the Working Group on Foreign Policy. He also recently served as the Interim Coordinator of the Campaign to Advance a Global Citizens Movement for a Great Transition (2013).

Rasigan is an active member of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), its Academic Forum within the Local Branch, and also serves on the National Executive Committee Subcommittee on Education.

Rasigan has also worked in and presented his research in over thirty countries. He has been a Visiting Professor and Researcher in Brazil, Cuba, Kenya, India, Sweden, United States whilst also holding current faculty appointments at the Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST); both affiliated to Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Rasigan is currently the chairman of the SA Node.

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