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Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)


School of Government
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Cape Town

Tel: 021 959 3733
Fax: 021 959 3732
Contact: Rebecca Pointer ~ Information and Communication Officer

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a leading research and teaching centre with an international reputation for high quality applied research and critical scholarship.

It was founded in 1995 as a specialist unit in the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town. Since then, PLAAS has developed a proven track record of undertaking high-quality research on:

  • land restitution and redistribution programme 
  • land tenure reform
  • natural resource management
  • rural livelihoods and farm-household production systems
  • chronic poverty and rural development
  • institutional restructuring and reorientation to support land and agrarian reform in South Africa.

Besides research and postgraduate teaching, PLAAS undertakes training, provides advisory, facilitation and evaluation services and is active in the field of national policy development. Through these activities, and by seeking to apply the tools of critical scholarship to questions of policy and practice, we seek to develop new knowledge and fresh approaches to the transformation of society in southern Africa.

Additional Contacts:

Andries Du Toit