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Francie Lund

Francie Lund

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Professor Francie Lund

Position Honorary Professors and Research Fellows
Phone 031 260 2365
Campus Howard College
Office Address A723 7th Floor, Denis Shepstone Building


  • Francie Lund is a Senior Research Associate specialising in social policy. She is the directorof theSocial Protection Programme of the global research and advocacy network, WIEGO – Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. Trained as a sociologist and social worker, she practised as a grassroots organiser in the fields of early childhood development, and in urban infrastructure, with a special interest in participatory research methods as an organising tool. A longstanding research interest has been the impact of South Africa’s pensions and grants in mitigating poverty and redressing inequality. This led to her involvement in a range of policy interventions, including chairing the Lund Committee on Child and Family Support, in 1995, that led to the introduction of the Child Support Grant. She has been involved in the global debates around cash transfers, such as the Child Support Grant, as a form of intervention in addressing poverty and inequality. She is engaged locally and globally in research and policy advocacy around informal workers, especially regarding local government intervention, and around the provision of social security, and occupational health and safety. An emerging research interest is in occupational health and safety for informal workers. She is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester.



  • Lund, F. (2007) Changing social policy: the child support grant in South Africa. CapeTown:HSRC Press. ISBN 10 0-7969-2200-4
  • Lund F. and Nicholson J. (2006) Tools for advocacy: Social Protection for informal workers. Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising and Homenet Thailand, Durban, 44pp.
  • Lund, F. and Nicholson, J.(eds)(2003). Chains of production, ladders of protection: social protection for workers in the informal economy. Durban: School of Development Studies. 120p.
  • Lund, F. Skinner, C. and Nicholson, J. (2000)Street trading. Durban: School of Development Studies.

Book Chapters

  • Lund, F. 2012. Children, citizenship and child support: the Child Support Grant in South Africa.In Szreter, S. and Breckenridge, K. (eds.): Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.p. 475 – 494
  • Devereux, S. and Lund, F. 2010. Democratising social welfare in Africa, in Padayachee, V. (ed.) The Political Economy of Africa. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Lund, F. (2006). Gender and social security in South Africa. In: Padayachee, V. (ed) The Development decade: Economic and social change in South Africa 1994-2004, Cape Town: HSRC Press, 160-179.
  • Lund, F. (2006). Working people and access to social protection. In: Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context: Uncovering the Gendered Structure of ‘the Social’, Razavi S and Hassim S (eds), Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, p217-233.
  • Lund, F. 2006. ‘Working people and access to social protection’, in Razavi, S. and Hassim, S. (eds.): Gender and social policy in a global context: Uncovering the gendered structure of ‘the social’. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.


  • Lund, F. (2012) Ocupational health and safety for informal workers. Prayas, 7, February, p.11-13.
  • Lund, F. (2011) A step in the wrong direction: linking the South Africa Child Support Grant to school attendance. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 19(1): 5 – 14.
  • Budlender, D. and Lund, F. (2011) South Africa: a legacy of family disruption. Development and Change, 42(4): 925 – 946.
  • Lund, F. (2010) The global crisis, unemployment and HIV&AIDS: what role for public works programmes? Global Labour Column, 9 July, 2010.
  • Lund, F. (2010) Hierarchies of care work in South Africa: Nurses, social workers and home-based care workers. International Labour Review 149 (4) 2010.
  • Lund F. (2008)Paradoxes of social policy reform in South Africa. The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 20(2), 137-153.
  • Adato M, Lund F and Mhlongo P (2007) Methodological innovations in research on the dynamics of poverty: A longitudinal study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. World Development, 35(2), 247-263.
  • Posel D., Fairburn J.A. and Lund F. (2006). Labour migration and households: A reconsideration of the effects of the social pension on labour supply in South Africa. Economic Modelling, 23(5), 836-853.
  • Case A, Hosegood V and Lund F (2005) The reach and impact of Child Support Grants: evidence from KwaZulu-Natal. Development Southern Africa, 22(4), p467-482.
  • Lund F. and Skinner C.(2004) Integrating the informal economy in urban planning and governance. A case study of the process of policy development in Durban, South Africa. International Development Planning Review, 26(4), p431-456.
  • Vaux T and Lund F (2003) Working women and security: Self Employed Women’s Associations’ response to crisis. Journal of Human Development, 4(2), p263-285.
  • Lund, F.(2002). Crowding in care, security and micro-enterprise formation: revisiting the role of the state in poverty reduction, and in development. Journal of International Development, 14(6), p681-694.
  • Lund, F.(2002). Social security and the changing labour market: access for non-standard and informal workers in South Africa. Social Dynamics, 28(2), p177-206.
  • Lund, F. (2001) South Africa: transition under pressure. In: Alcock, P. andCraig, G. (eds), International Social Policy, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, p221-240.
  • Lund, F.(1999). Understanding South African social security through recent household surveys: new opportunities and continuing gaps. Development Southern Africa, 16(1), p55-67.


  • Heintz, J. and Lund, F. (2012). Welfare regimes and social policy: a review of the role of labour and employment. Geneva: UNRISD. Gender and Development Working Paper No. 17.
  • Lund, F. and Marriott, A. (2011) Occupational health and safety and the poorest. School of Development Studies Research Report no. 88.
  • Lund, Frances, Michael Noble, Helen Barnes and Gemma Wright (2008) Is there a rationale for conditional cash transfers for children in South Africa? Working paper No 53.
  • Lund, F. and Ardington, C. (2006). Employment status, security and the management of risk: a study of workers in Kwamsane, KwaZulu-Natal. Working Paper, 45.
  • Chen, M. Vanek, J. Lund, F., Heintz, J. with R Jhabvala and C. Bonner. (2005) Women, Work and Poverty. United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) (Progress of the World’s Women: 2005).
  • Case, A., Hosegood, V. and Lund, F. (2003) The Reach of the South African Child Support Grant: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal. Working Paper No. 38.
  • Chen, M. Jhabvala, R. and Lund, F.: Supporting workers in the informal economy: a policy framework. Geneva: International Labour Office. (Working paper on the informal economy, 2).
  • Lund, F. and Skinner, C. (1999) Promoting the Interests of Women in the Informal Economy: An Analysis of Street Trader Organisations in South Africa. Research Report No. 19.
  • Lund, F, J. (1998) Women Street Traders in Urban South Africa: A Synthesis of Selected Research Findings. Research Report No. 15.
  • May, J. et al. (1998) Experience and perceptions of poverty in South Africa. Durban: Praxis Publishing.


  • Adato, M., Ahmed, A.U. and Lund, F. (2004) Linking safety nets, social protection, and poverty reduction : directions for Africa. (Brief) Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 6 pages.
  • Lund, F. and Skinner C (2003) Durban’s informal economy policy – content and progress with implementation. Democratizing Durban Workshop, University of Natal, Durban Lund, F. (2000). A Gendered Approach to Social Protection for Workers in the Informal Economy. (with S Srinivas). Geneva: International Labour Organisation