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Sheffield University Management School

Conduit Road

Sheffield

S10 1FL

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This research seminar is hosted by the division of Marketing, International Enterprise & Strategy (MIES) at Sheffield University Management School

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Dr Andrew Charman

Dr. Andrew Charman is a Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, a specialist research, development and policy engagement organisation based in Cape Town, South Africaq. He trained as a sociologist and development economist, studying at the University of Cape Town and Cambridge University. Andrew has worked across the Southern African region on addressing development challenges in a broad range of contexts, both rural and urban. His current work focuses on influencing public policy towards the township economy in support of informal micro-enterprises. This work seeks to shift government policy away from the emphasis on controlling micro-enterprises/restricting activities towards instituting a more enabling policy framework to foster micro-enterprise formalisation and stimulate economic growth. The research makes the case for development strategies that align with organic growth, utilise local resources and human capabilities, and reduce the stringency of regulatory barriers.

In seeking to better understand the informal economy and micro-enterprises business dynamics, Andrew has used a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including methods to enhance stakeholder participation (participatory visual methods and action research) and social-spatial research techniques to study the business environment through mapping and diagrams. Under his direction, the Foundation has overseen a process of policy engagement using exhibition events which have been conducted in a number of townships. The exhibition approach has sought to facilitate an interaction amongst stakeholders (policy shapers, politicians, academics and informal economy actors) through visual knowledge and experiential learning.

Andrew has published research on a range of topics relating to the township economy in South Africa, including competition in the grocery retail sector, the economics and politics of liquor trading and the leisure economy, enterprise change in space and time, land constraints on business development and street trader dynamics.

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  • 12.30 - 13.00 A light lunch will be served in the Courtyard Cafe (soft seating area)
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Seminar with Q&A in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

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Sheffield University Management School

Conduit Road

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S10 1FL

United Kingdom

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