Prof. Geoffrey Harris

Honorary Professor, James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute

CURRENT POSITION  

Research Professor, Peacebuilding Programme, International Centre of Nonviolence, Durban University of Technology

Honorary Professor, University of Seychelles

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Professor of Economics, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Director of the Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies programme, 1999-2011. From January, 2012, Professor Emeritus.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Economics, University of New England, Australia, 1980-99.

Visiting Fellow, Malaysian Agricultural University, 1983-84.

Research Economist, Lincoln University, New Zealand, 1978-80.

Lecturer in Economics, University of Papua New Guinea, 1972-78.

Tutor in Economics, La Trobe University, Australia, 1969-71

 

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS:

Education Economics (Editor: Geraint Johnes, University of Lancaster, UK), 1997-2011

Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics (Editor: Jayati Sarkar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India, for Sage Journals, 1996-

Economics of Peace & Security Journal (Editors: Paul Dunne, University of Cape Town and Jurgen Brauer, Augusta State University), 2005-

African Conflict & Peace Review (Edited by the United Nations’ University of Peace, Addis Ababa), 2008-

 Injury Prevention (Editor: Brian Johnston, for the BMJ Journals Group, UK), 2010-14.

Journal of Economic & Management Sciences (Edited by Saidu Babu Omar, University of Bamenda, Cameroon), 2017-

 

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION EXPERIENCE

I have supervised to completion approximately 100 masters dissertations/theses and 30 PhD theses and have examined at least twice those numbers. I am currently (early 2019) supervising 24 doctoral and 6 master’s theses.

EXTERNAL EXAMINING

Department of Economics, National University of Lesotho, 2001-2003

Department of Economics, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe, 2001-2003

Conflict Management & Transformation Programme, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2000-

Graduate School of Business, University of the Free State, 2005-2011

Forced Migration Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, 2011

School of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2012-

Peace Studies Programme, St Augustine College, 2014-

Institute for Peace, Leadership & Governance, Africa University, Zimbabwe, 2015-

Department of History & War Studies, University of Zimbabwe, 2018-

 

MAIN EXPERTISE

Economic evaluation of projects and programmes [recent examples include landmine clearance, enhanced seatbelt enforcement programmes and conflict resolution within universities].

Conflict and security, including recovery from armed conflict, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants, restorative justice systems, demilitarisation and security sector reform.

 

CURRENT INTERESTS

I have focussed on economic aspects of conflict and security for the past 20 years. I established the Centre for Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia and was its head, 1990-99. I was head of a similar programme (distance-based, postgraduate, inter-disciplinary) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 2000 to 2012. I established the postgraduate Peacebuilding Programme at Durban University of Technology in 2013. As of early 2019, there are some 50 PhD and 20 master’s students in the programme from many African countries.

My current research projects include restorative justice with prisoners, the relationship between economic inequality and violence and demilitarisation.

I am heavily involved [as chair of the governing body] with Phoenix Zululand, a restorative justice programme with eight employees working with prison inmates in Zululand. I am also chair of the Board of Trustees of the KwaZulu-Natal network of the Alternatives to Violence Project.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

International Centre of Nonviolence

M L Sultan campus

Durban University of Technology

Box 1334, Durban 4001, South Africa

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Edited books, 1999-

G Harris (ed.), 1999. Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 340 pp.

G Harris (ed.), 2004. Achieving security in sub-Saharan Africa: cost effective alternatives to the military, Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies, 212 pp.

Kaye, S. and Harris, G. (eds.), 2017. Building peace via action research. African case studies. Addis Ababa: University for Peace, 271 pp.

Hove, M. and Harris, G. (eds.), 2019. Infrastructures for peace in sub-Saharan Africa. Heidelberg: Springer.

Chapters in edited books, 1999-

G Harris and N Lewis, 1999, Armed conflict in developing countries: extent, nature and causes, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 3-11.

G Harris, 1999, The cost of armed conflict in developing countries, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 12-28.

G Harris and N Lewis, 1999, Structural violence, positive peace and peacebuilding, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 29-36.

G Harris, 1999, Reconstruction, recovery and development: the main tasks, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 39-51.

G Harris, Economic reconstruction and recovery, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 52-64.

G Harris and N Lewis, Financing recovery and reconstruction, with particular reference to foreign assistance, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 111-128.

N Lewis, G Harris and E dos Santos, The demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants, in G Harris (ed.), Recovery from armed conflict in developing countries: an economic and political analysis, London: Routledge, 129-165.

G.T. Harris, Cost benefit analysis and landmine clearance, in G. Elliot (ed.),

Beyond de-mining. Capacity building and socio-economic consequences, Johannesburg, South African Institute for International Affairs, 2000, 87-97.

G.T. Harris, Military expenditure and economic development in Asia during the 1990s, in J.Brauer and P. Dunne (eds.), Arming the south: the economics of military expenditure, arms production and arms trade in developing countries, Ashgate, Avebury, 2002, 71-98.

G T Harris, The case for demilitarisation in sub-Saharan Africa, in G Harris (ed.), Achieving security in sub-Saharan Africa: cost effective alternatives to the military, Pretoria, Institute for Security Studies, 2004, 3-14.

G T Harris, Civilianising military functions, in G Harris (ed.), Achieving security in sub-Saharan Africa: cost effective alternatives to the military, Pretoria, Institute for Security Studies, 2004, 33-42.

G T Harris, Central American demilitarisation. A model for small countries? in G Harris (ed.), Achieving security in sub-Saharan Africa: cost effective alternatives to the military, Pretoria, Institute for Security Studies, 2004, 185-197.

G T Harris, Epilogue: some necessary conditions for demilitarisation, in G Harris (ed.), Achieving security in sub-Saharan Africa: cost effective alternatives to the military, Pretoria, Institute for Security Studies, 2004, 199-212.

G.T. Harris, Effects of arms races and war on development, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the auspices of UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, 2004 [http://www.eolss.net]

G Harris, Military expenditure in South Asia: a case study of economic irrationality, in M Siddiqui (ed.), South Asia: economic challenges and prospects in the globalization era, Armonk, NY: M E Sharpe, 2007, 380-395.

G Harris, Building peace via action research: challenges and potential, In Kaye, S. and Harris, G. eds. 2017. Building peace via action research. African case studies. Addis Ababa: University for Peace.

G Harris and M. Hove, Putting a tape measure around violence in sub-Saharan Africa. In Hove, M. and Harris, G. (eds.), 2019. Infrastructures for peace in sub-Saharan Africa. Heidelberg: Springer, chapter 1.

  1. Harris, Violence or Nonviolence? A comparison of Costs and Effectiveness. In Hove, M. and Harris, G. (eds.), 2019. Infrastructures for peace in sub-Saharan Africa. Heidelberg: Springer, chapter 3.
  2. Harris, Establishing Ministries of Peace in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Hove, M. and Harris, G. (eds.), 2019. Infrastructures for peace in sub-Saharan Africa. Heidelberg: Springer, chapter 12.

Hove and Harris, G. Let a thousand peace infrastructures bloom, In Hove, M. and Harris, G. (eds). 2019. Infrastructures for peace in sub-Saharan Africa. Heidelberg: Springer, chapter 15.

Articles in refereed journals, 1999-

G.T. Harris, Peacebuilding and reconstruction after war in developing

Countries, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 10 (2), 1999, 107-122.

G.T.Harris, The economics of landmine clearance in Cambodia, Journal of International Development 12 (4), 2000, 219-225.

  1. Kaman and G.T. Harris, Does studying peace make a difference? An experiment at the University of Papua New Guinea, Australian Journal of Adult Learning 40 (1), 2000, 83-93.

G.T. Harris, The incompatibility of peacemaking and military power, South African Journal of International Affairs 8 (1), 2001, 67-74.

  1. Elliot and G.T. Harris, A cost benefit analysis of landmine clearance in Mozambique, Development Southern Africa 18 (5), 2001, 625-633.
  2. T. Harris, The economics of landmine clearance in Afghanistan, Disasters 26 (1), 2002, 49-54.
  3. T. Harris, The irrationality of South Africa’s military expenditure, African Security Review 11 (2), 2002, 75-86.

B Taylor and G Harris, The efficiency of South African universities: a study based on the analytical review technique, South African Journal of Higher Education 16 (2), 2002, 183-192

G T Harris, Civilianising military functions in sub-Saharan Africa, African Security Review 12 (4), 2003, 83-89.

G Harris, Demilitarising southern Africa: lessons from the central American experience, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 15 (3&4), 2004, 355-369.

B Taylor and G Harris, Relative efficiency among South African universities: A data envelopment analysis, Higher Education 47 (1), 2004, 73-89.

G Harris, Military expenditure in sub-Saharan Africa: why guns cost more than butter, Free Market Foundation Monograph No. 39, 2004, pp. 34

G Harris, Towards more rational military budget formation in sub-Saharan Africa: the relevance of security sector reform, Strategic Review for Southern Africa XXVII (1), 2005, 66-88.

G Harris and I Olukoga, An evaluation of an enhanced seat belt enforcement program South Africa, Injury Prevention 11(2), 2005, 102-105.

I Olukoga and G Harris, Costs of district hospitals in South Africa, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 16 (4), 2005, 431-440.

V Naidu and G Harris, Household studies of the economic effects of HIV/AIDS: a review, South African Journal of Economics 73 (5), 2005, 533-544.

G Harris, The military as a resource for peacebuilding: time for reconsideration? Conflict, Security & Development 6 (2), 2006, 241-252.

V Naidu and G Harris, Survival strategies of HIV/AIDS-affected households in Soweto, Development Southern Africa 23 (3), 2006, 417-426.

I Olukoga and G Harris, Distribution and costs of road traffic fatalities in South Africa, Traffic Injury Prevention 7 (1-3), 2006, 12-17.

V Naidu and G Harris, The cost of HIV/AIDS-related morbidity and mortality to households in Soweto, South Africa, South African Journal of Economic & Management Sciences 9 (3), 2006, 384-391.

  1. Naidu, R. Mayer, J-F. Aguilera, J. de Beer, S. Dike, C. Kganakga, P. Ntshepale and G. Harris, Cost and quality performance indicators for home community-based care: a South African study, Journal of Development Perspectives 3 (1), 2007, 105-116.
  2. Naidu, J-F Aguilera, J. de Beer, P. Netshipale and G. Harris, Cost and quality performance indicators for home community-based care services to orphans and vulnerable children, South African Journal of Economics 76 (1), 2008, S28-S33.

G Harris, If your only tool is a hammer, any issue will look like a nail: building conflict resolution and mediation capacity in South African universities, Higher Education 55 (1), 2008, 93-101.

G T Harris, The potential of non-violence in building security in southern Africa, African Security Review 17 (3), 2008, 88-113.

T Agwanda and G Harris, People to people peacemaking and peacebuilding: a review of the work of the New Sudan Council of Churches, African Security Review 18 (2), 2009, 42-52.

G Harris, What drives military expenditure? A South African analysis, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 21 (2), 2009, 197-209.

G Harris, Studying conflict, violence and peace in African universities, Higher Education, 59 (1), 2010, 293-301.

Olukoga, A., Bachmann, M., Harris, G., Olukoga, T. and Olasinde, A., Analysis of the perception of institutional culture for health sector reform in Nigeria, Leadership in Health Services, 23 (1), 2010, 75-87.

Olukoga, A., Folayan, M., Harris, G. & Ajayi, O., An analysis of listening skills of healthcare students in Nigeria, West African Journal of Medicine, 29 (2), 2010, 104-108.

Olukoga, A., Bachmann, M., Harris, G., Olukoga, T. and Oluwadiya, K., Analysis of the perception of institutional function for health sector reform in Nigeria, International Health, 2, 2010, 150-155.

G T Harris, 2010. Improving military expenditure decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa, Economics of Peace & Security Journal, 5(2): 37-44.

Simwaka, K., Ferrer, S. and Harris, G. 2010. Coping strategies for AIDS-affected households facing food security problems in Malawi: Evidence from integrated household surveys. Journal of Development & Agricultural Economics, 2(12): 416-431.

Simwaka, K., Ferrer, S. and Harris, G. 2011. Maize production differentials among Malawi rural households: A difference in difference estimation approach. Journal of Development & Agricultural Economics, 3(6), 222-229.

G T Harris, Ministries of peacebuilding in sub-Saharan Africa: rationale, functions and establishment, African Security Review 20 (1), 2011, 122-133.

C Wielenga and G T Harris, Building peace and security after genocide: the contribution of the gacaca courts of Rwanda, African Security Review 20 (1), 2011, 15-25.

G Boyce and G Harris, A closer look at racial differences in the reporting of self-assessed health status and related concepts in South Africa., Health SA Gesondheid, 16(1), 2011.

Olukoga, A., Folayan, M., Olukoga, T., Harris, G. & Ogunbodede, E., Healthcare workers’ perceptions of hospitals’ institutional structure, American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Public Health 1(3), 2011, 79-88.

A van der Merwe and G T Harris, Attitudes towards public sector corruption: a study of university students in KwaZulu-Natal, International Business & Economics Research Journal, 11(2), 2012, 171-177.

K Simwaka, S Ferrer and G Harris, Technical efficiency differentials among AIDS-affected and non-affected farm households in Malawi: evidence from time varying and time invariant efficiency models, African Crop Science Journal 20(3), 2012, 149-161.

G T Harris & van der Merwe, The scope for mobilising public opinion against corruption: the attitudes of KwaZulu-Natal university students, South African Journal of Economics & Management Science, 15(3), 2012, 282-293.

  1. Umubyeyi & G Harris, Promoting nonviolent parenting among refugee mothers in Durban, Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 48(4), 2012, 456-466.

M Mulumeordhwa & G Harris, Girlfriends, sex and violence: the attitudes and behaviour of adolescent males in a South African township  Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 49(2), 2013, 222-233.  http://socialwork.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/66/56

Boyce, G & G Harris, Hope the beloved country: hope levels in the new South Africa, Social Indicators Research 113 (7), 2013, 583-597.

G Harris, 2014. Does restorative justice work? An evaluation of the restorative justice programmes of Phoenix Zululand. In Maphosa, S., DeLuca, L. & Keasley, A. (eds.) Building peace from within. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 74-84.

M Mulumeoderhwa and G Harris, 2014. Relationships, sex and conflict among young people in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Peace and Conflict Review 8(1): 19-29.  http://www.review.upeace.org/index.cfm

Harris, G., Hemson, C. & Kaye, S. 2014. An overview of strategies for nonviolence in education in South Africa, SA Crime Quarterly, 47: 35-45.

Mulumeoderhwa, M and G Harris, 2014. Forced sex, rape and sexual exploitation: the attitudes and experiences of high school students in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Culture, Health & Sexuality http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NbmMu5QwBJUWNem2XMbK/full#.U_M2URvCYco.gmail

Thompson, S., Naidoo, K., Harris G., Bilotto, L., Ferrao, J. and Lougham, J. 2014. The development of a public optometry system in Mozambique: a cost benefit analysis, BMC Health Services Report, 14. 422.  BMC Health Services Research, 14 10.1186/1472-6963-14-422 SEP 23 2014

G Harris and C Vermaak, 2015. Economic inequality as a source of interpersonal violence: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa, South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 18(1): 45-57.

Thompson, S., Naidoo, K., Gonzales-Alvarez, C., Harris, G., Chinanayi, F. and Loughman, J. 2015. Barriers to use of refractive services in Mozambique, Optometry and Vision Science, 92(1): 59-69.

Liebenberg, S., Haines, R. & Harris, G. 2015. A theory of war economies: formation, maintenance and dismantling, African Security Review, 24(3): 123-144.

Hove, M. and Harris, G, 2015. Free and fair elections: Mugabe and the challenges facing elections in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 3(2): 157-170.

Ngwenya, D. and G T Harris, 2015. Healing from violence: an action research project among survivors of Gukurahundi, Zimbabwe, Peace & Security Review, 8(2): 1-14. http://www.review.upeace.org/images/PCR8.2.pdf 

Ngwenya, D. and G T Harris, 2015. The consequences of not healing: evidence from the Gukurahundi violence in Zimbabawe, African Journal on Conflict Resolution, 15(2): 23-34.

G T Harris, 2017. South Africa’s initiatives for peace: the case for a greater balance between military and non-military efforts. In Langmore, J., Miletic, T., Martin, A. and Shea, N. (eds.) State support for peace processes: a multi-country review. Canberra: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 64-75. ISBN: 978 0 7340 5356 5

G Harris, 2017. Building peace via action research: challenges and potential, In Kaye, S. and Harris, G. eds. Building peace via action research. African case studies. Addis Ababa: University for Peace.

G Harris and S Kaye. 2018. Participatory action research for peacebuilding. Peace Review, 30(1): 62-68.

G Harris & T. Letsie. 2019. Demilitarising a small African country: rationale, necessary conditions and financing. Economics of peace & Security Journal, 14(1): 26-33

In press

Bansi, R. and Harris, G. 2019. Challenges to the commercialisation of university research: a South African study. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation & Development

Chiramba, E. and Harris, G. 2019. Alternatives to corporal punishment: an action research project in primary schools in Harare. Perspectives in Education

Chivasa, N. and Harris, G. 2019. Enhancing social interventions by informal peace committees in Zimbabwe: a developmental social work perspective. Social Work/Maatsakaplike Werk

Kansiime, N. and Harris, G. 2019. Using traditional conflict resolution approaches to handle land disputes: an action research project in Bunyoro Sub-Region, Uganda. Peacebuilding & Development

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