Making the Most of Commodities Programme/Hewlett Foundation – Infrastructure, mining and linkages in Tanzania’s Central Development Corridor
Prospects for linkages in growth sector value chains in Lesotho (UNDP/UNCTAD)
Towards a Low Carbon City: Focus on Durban
A Socio-economic Impact Assessment of the Local Competitiveness Fund Implementation Projects Under Gijima KZN LED Support Programme.
Manufacturing Firms in the Greater Durban Area.
International Partnerships for Collaborative Research and Knowledge Building in the Field of Global and Regional Local Government Collaboration for Sustainable Community Development – Research project proposal development
SADC Case studies in TNC-SME Linkages [completed]
Water institutions and Delivery Case Studies
Biographical sketch: / Research Interests: Glen Robbins is a part time Researcher and freelance consultant specialising in regional and local economic development with a focus on regional and city economic development strategies, infrastructure planning and financing and trade and industrial policy. Previously he headed up the Economic Development and City Enterprises functions in the eThekwini Municipality (Durban). In 2003 he joined the School of Development Studies has been involved in teaching and research contributing journal articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from municipal infrastructure investment to industrial policy and local economic development. He has also authored and co-authored reports for the Cities Alliance, UNCTAD, ILO and other multi-lateral bodies. During 2005 and 2006 he worked with the core writing team appointed by the South African Cities Network to contribute to the 2006 State of the South African Cities Report.
Robbins, G. (2013) Mining FDI and urban economies in sub-Saharan Africa:
Exploring the possible linkages. Local Economy 28(2), March,
Robbins, Glen (2012) Major international events and the working poor: selected lessons for social actors stemming from the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. WIEGO Technical Brief (Urban Policies) No 5.More
Robbins, G. and Perkins, D. (2012). Mining FDI and infrastructure development on
Africa’s east coast: examining the recent experience of Tanzania and Mozambique.
Journal of International Development, 24 (2), p. 220-236More
Robbins, G. and Velia, M. (2012) From time definite to time critical?:challenges facing airfreight and port growth in Durban. In Hall, P. and Hesse, M. (eds) Cities, Regions and Flows, London: Routledge.More
Perkins, D. and Robbins, G. (2011) The contribution to local enterprise development of infrastructure for commodity extraction projects: Tanzanias central corridor and Mozambiques Zambezi Valley. MMCP Discussion Paper No 9, University of Cape Town and Open University. More
Kennedy, L., Robbins, G., Scott, D., Sutherland, C., Denis, E., Andrade, J., Miranda, L., Varrel, A., Dupont, V. and Bon, B. (2011). The Politics of large-scale economic and infrastructure projects in fast-growing cities of the south.
Chance2Sustain Literature Review No.3.
Robbins, G. (2010). Beyond local economic development? Exploring municipality-supported job creation in a South Africa city. Development Southern Africa, 27(4), 531-546.More
Robbins, G. Lebani, L. and Rogan, M. (2009). TNC FDI Firms and Domestic SME Linkages: Reflecting on Three SADC Case Studies. School of Development Studies Research Report, 82.
Lorentzen, J., Robbins, G. and Barnes J. (2007) Government support and enabling environment for inter-firm cluster cooperation: policy lessons from South Africa. In: Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, B. and McCormick, D. (eds) Industrial Clusters and Innovation Systems in Africa, United Nations University Press. p. 243-268. More
Robbins G (2007) Which link, in which chain? Inserting Durban into global automotive supply chains. In: Ports, Cities, and Global Supply Chains, Wang J, Olivier D, Notteboom T and Slack B (eds), Aldershot: Ashgate.More
Lorentzen, J., Robbins, G. and Barnes J. (2007) The Durban auto cluster: global competition, collective efficiency and local development. In: Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, B. and McCormick, D. (eds) Industrial Clusters and Innovation Systems in Africa, United Nations University Press, p. 189-210. More
Morris, M., Robbins, G. and Barnes, J. (2006). The role of government in fostering clusters: the South African automotive sector. In: Padayachee, V. (ed) The Development decade: Economic and social change in South Africa 1994-2004, Cape Town: HSRC Press, p. 201-223.More
Robbins, G. (2006) Strategies and Policies on TNC-SME Linkages Country Case Studies: South Africa, prepared by Glen Robbins for UNCTAD. Research Report, No. 70.More
Hall, P.V. and Robbins, G. (2006) Which link, in which chain? Inserting Durban into global automotive supply chains. Working Paper No 46.More
Robbins, G. and Aiello, A. with C. Goodenough, T. Hadingham and N. Klug (2006) Study on employment aspects of slum upgrading: practices and opportunities identified in two South African case studies. (Research Report, 69). Originally prepared for the International Labour Office.More
Robbins, G. Valodia, I. Velia, M. and Lebani, L. (2006). An Assessment of the Opportunities to Increase the Value-add in KwaZulu-Natal's Dominant Export Industries. Research Report 68.
Robbins, G. (2005). A Water Sector Public-Private Partnership Case Study:Ilembe District Municipality (formerly Dolphin Coast) –Siza Water Company. Prepared as part of a contract research exercise commissioned through Palmer Development Group by the National Business Initiative in partnership with Inwent.February 2004, Research Report No. 63 (2005) More
Robbins, G.(2005) eThekwini Municipality’s economic development-related capital programmes: improving the prospects of the urban poor? Africa Insight, 35(4), 63-71.More
Lorentzen, J. Robbins, G. and Barnes, J. The Durban Auto Cluster: Global Competition, Collective Efficiency and Local Development. Working Paper No. 41.More
Robbins, G., Todes, A. and Velia, M. (2004) Firms at the Crossroads: The Newcastle-Madadeni Clothing Sector and Recommendations on Policy Responses. Research Report No. 61. More