Rob Davies

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Rob Davies is a Zimbabwean economist, living in Harare. He is currently a Research Fellow at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) in Pretoria, and a director of the Trade Law Centre (tralac), a public benefit organisation based in the Western Cape region of South Africa, and a Research Associate in the School of Finance and Management at the School of Oriental and Afican Studies (SOAS) at the Univeristy of London.  He was formerly Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Zimbabwe. He has been a visiting professor at Swarthmore University, USA, and a visiting senior lecturer at SOAS, UK. He has been a visiting research fellow at the Human Science Research Councial (HSRC) in Pretoria, South Africa.

Mr Davies has published on a wide range of topics within the economics field. His recent research has focused on applying Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models to various policy related issues, with publications on automation and labour market polarisation in South Africa, carbon taxes in South Africa, electricity shortages in South Africa, climate change in Zimbabwe, and the green economy in Vietnam. His most recent work has been modelling the economic impact of COVID-19 in South Africa. Past publications include papers on the informal sector, trade policy, children’s and women’s health and macroeconomics, and political economy.

Rob Davies has constructed social accounting matrices (SAMs) for Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Vietnam. He has provided training on CGE modelling to public policy analysts in a range of countries. He currently provides advice on capacity enhancement to the National Treasury in South Africa.