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Fourth Young Scholars Conference on Structural Change and Industrial Policy in Africa

Virtual Conference with in-person Sattelites

Start time:

June 11 - June 12



ONLINE, Johannesburg



How to attend

Apply to present a paper. Deadline: 22 April 2024


Fourth Young Scholars Conference on Structural Change and Industrial Policy in Africa

Industrialisation and industrial development continues to be at the forefront of the development agenda of many African countries. With the ratification and implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), trade, regional integration and regional industrialisation are likely to become even more important in policy considerations.

The DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI-ID) and the Young Scholars Initiative are pleased to invite papers from young scholars for the Fourth Young Scholars Conference on Structural Change and Industrial Policy in Africa. The purpose of this conference is to contribute to scholarship on structural change and industrial development and policy in Africa, specifically among young scholars. We especially encourage research that takes a pluralist perspective.

Senior international scholars will act as discussants to provide feedback on presented papers. The conference will be held virtually, with the option of congregated physical attendance at satellite venues, where attendants can participate in the conference as a group in a single venue. Attendance is free and open to the public.


How to participate

Option 1: Submit an abstract to present at the conference

Deadline for submissions: 22 April 2024

As part of the submission, extended abstracts of 600-800 words are required. The deadline for submissions is 22 April 2024. Submissions must be uploaded at https://forms.gle/93CZ7gyB7X3m7mMH8. For queries or technical assistance, please contact Mrs Melanie Ridgard on [email protected].

Presentation at the conference is open to postgraduate students, postdoctoral research fellows and early career researchers.

Presenters whose abstract submissions are successful will be required to submit presentations by 20 May 2024. The submission of full papers at this time is also encouraged to allow discussants an opportunity to engage more closely with the work.

Submissions are invited around the broad themes of structural change, industrial development and industrial policy in Africa. Studies with a sub-national, national or supra-national focus are all welcome.

Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Structural change in Africa
  • Industrial development, industrialisation, sector studies, and deindustrialisation in Africa
  • The political economy of industrial policy in Africa
  • Trade and industrial development in Africa
  • The innovation, technological upgrading, and the 4IR in Africa
  • Green industrialisation and green industrial policy in Africa
  • Gendered aspects of industrial development and policy in Africa
  • Labour market or distributional aspects of industrial development in Africa

Note: Awards

We will be recognising outstanding full papers with awards for the Best Paper ($750) and Runner-up Best Paper ($250). To be eligible, submissions need to be accepted and presented at the conference, and full papers need to be submitted to [email protected] by 20 May 2024. These awards are at the discretion of the selection committee and decisions of the selection committee are final.

Option 2: Host a satellite event at your university

Deadline to apply: 22 April 2024

You have the opportunity to host a satellite event to this conference at your own university. A satellite event is intended to serve as an in-person gathering to this otherwise virtual event. It’s an opportunity to gather peers interested in the conference themes and enjoy the sessions together. You do not have present a paper to host a satellite event. YSI is offering limited financial support. More information and application form here.

Option 3: Attend as a general registrant

Those who would like to simply attend are welcome to join us. A general registration form will open on 6 May 2024.


Organizing Committee

From the University of Johannesburg:
Fiona Tregenna
Alexis Habiyaremye
Phumzile Ncube
Melanie Ridgard
Elvis Avenyo
Richard Itaman

From the Young Scholars Initiative:
Christina Mosalagae
Heske van Doornen
Jay Pocklington

Hosted by Working Group(s):