Imraan Valodia


Prof Imraan Valodia commenced his duties as Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management on 1 April 2014 at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Before this he was based at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

His research interests include employment, the informal economy, gender and economic policy, and industrial development.

Prof Valodia has led and participated in a number of large national and international studies. In the recent period, he led an international study, in 10 cities across the globe, of the informal economy using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In the period 2008-2011 he led, with Prof Caren Grown of the American University, a path-breaking three-year research project, conducted in 8 countries, on the gender impacts of direct and indirect taxation. This research was recently published by Routledge as an edited book.

He has published widely in leading international journals. Prof Valodia is a National Research Foundation (NRF) B-rated researcher - a rating given to researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

Prof Valodia was appointed by the President of South Africa as a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal in South Africa. He is also a Commissioner of the South African Employment Conditions Commission and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality.