IDS Honorary Associate Mike Morris

Mike Morris - Honorary Associate

Honorary Associates; Green Transformations


Mike Morris is Professor in the School of Economics and Director of PRISM (Policy Research in International Services and Manufacturing) at the University of Cape Town.

He has a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex University). Mike Morris has significant experience working with national, regional and international policy makers. He has published widely in the fields of development, political economy, international competitiveness, industrial restructuring and industrial policy, global value chains, apparel and automotive industries, and social differentiation. In 2012 he co-authored a book with Raphael Kaplinsky and David Kaplan – ‘One Thing Leads to Another’: Promoting Industrialization by Making the Most of the Commodity Boom in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Political Economy of Climate-relevant Policies: the Case of Renewable Energy in South Africa

IDS Evidence Report 128 (2015)

Integrated energy (electricity generation) policy is by no means a settled issue in the post-apartheid era in South Africa. The policy framework is predicated on the need for new and additional energy generation capacity. More details

IDS Working Paper

The Impact of China on Sub-Saharan Africa

IDS Working Paper 291 (2007)

This paper focuses on the rapidly-growing links between China and SSA. The spotlight is placed on three vectors of interaction - trade, foreign investment and aid. Chinese involvement in Africa is driven predominantly by the quest for material inputs (oil and other primary commodities) required for its infrastructural investments and booming manufacturing sector. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Dangling by a Thread: How Sharp are the Chinese Scissors?

Paper prepared for Africa Policy Division, DFID More details