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: Organisational contributions and responses to complex social-ecological problems



Ralph is Professor and Research Director at the GSB, and he also directs the school’s PhD program. His research and teaching is on why and how organisations create or address complex social-ecological problems. Rated an “internationally acclaimed” researcher by the National Research Foundation, he has published in diverse outlets including Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Management Studies. His publications have received various awards, most recently a best teaching case award from the European Foundation for Management Development. 

Among his other roles, he is an executive editor of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development; South Africa lead at the Embedding Project (which received the inaugural International Impactful Collaboration Award from the Academy of Management), and co-founder of the Southern Africa Food Lab (for which he received UCT’s Distinguished Social Responsiveness Award). He has held diverse visiting positions, most recently as Pearson Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Engineering at Brown University.




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