Patrick Bond

Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal


Patrick Bond is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies where since 2004 he has directed the Centre for Civil Society. His research focuses on political economy, environment (energy, water and climate change), social policy and geopolitics, with publications covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, the African continent and global-scale processes.

In service to the new South African government, Bond authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers from 1994-2002, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and the RDP White Paper. He held other positions at Johannesburg NGOs (the National Institute for Economic Policy,1996-97 and Planact, 1990-94); at the University of Zimbabwe's Department of Political and Administrative Studies (1989-90); and in Washington, DC at the Institute for Policy Studies, Pacifica Radio, MarketPlace Radio, and several international trade unions. He was also active in the international anti-apartheid movement and U.S. student and community movements.

Bond currently also serves as visiting professor at Gyeongsang National University Institute of Social Sciences, South Korea. He is an external examiner at the University of Mauritius, and was also visiting professor in 2008 at State University of New York (Geneseo). He lectured from 1997-2004 at the University of the Witwatersrand's Graduate School of Public and Development Management in Johannesburg where he founded the doctoral programme and co-directed the Municipal Services Project, and was assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1994-95.

He has authored many books, articles and chapters, and writes regularly for other popular publications, including The Mercury, Counterpunch, Foreign Policy in Focus, GreenLeft Weekly and Pambazuka.

Featured Work

Pro-MDC expatriates in South Africa. <br>Photo by <a href="">Sokwanele-Zimbabwe</a> (<a href="">CC</a>).

JUN 11, 2008 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Briefings: Diplomatically Quiet on Zimbabwe

Matthew Hennessey interviews Patrick Bond, director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, on post-election unrest in Zimbabwe ...