Professor Ralph Hamann

POSITION: Research Director

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD (University of East Anglia, UK); MSc (UCT, South Africa); BSc (Hons) (UCT, South Africa); BSc (UCT, South Africa)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Corporate citizenship and social responsibility Cross-sector collaboration Governance and society Government-business relations in South Africa Institutional shifts related to social & environmental sustainability Qualitative Methods Research Methodology



Ralph Hamann is Professor and Research Director at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and he holds a Research Chair at the UCT African Climate and Development Initiative. He teaches on business sustainability, social innovation, and cross-sector collaboration, and he is an executive editor of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. Among his other roles, Ralph is founder and academic director of the Network for Business Sustainability (South Africa). He is also co-founder and chair of the Southern Africa Food Lab, for which he received UCT's Distinguished Social Responsiveness Award. 

Ralph has been a visiting researcher, teacher, or consultant at a range of organisations in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including diverse business schools and universities, listed and unlisted companies, governments, and international agencies such as the World Bank and GIZ. Much of Ralph's tertiary training was in environmental science at UCT, and he has a PhD on corporate responsibility in the South African mining sector from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. He grew up in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has travelled widely, including a sailboat crossing of the South Atlantic.




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