School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Isaac Khambule

Isaac Khambule

Senior Lecturer

Discipline Development Studies

Contact Number 031-260-1168

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address A715 Level 7, Shepstone Building

Last Updated 5 months ago

Other Research Profiles


  • Isaac teaches Political Economy, Economic Development and Development Management in the department. He previously worked as a researcher at the Human Science Research Council’s Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Unit (DGSD), and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
  • Isaac holds a PhD in Development Studies (UKZN).


  • Economics of Development
  • Political Economy
  • Development Management


  • Isaac’s areas of research include political economy, the relationship between the state, institutions and development, economic development (with a particular focus on the role of the state in the economy), industrial development, democratic developmental states, unemployment, poverty, BRICS and global governance. The interdisciplinary background is informed by his educational training in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).
  • Research Agenda 2020 – 2025: Industrial development, development finance, democratic developmental states, territorial and regional development.

Selected Publications