Amiena Bayat has a PhD in Economics from UWC and a MA in Development Economics from Williams College (USA). In addition to her qualifications in Economics, she has a post-graduate qualification in Survey Data Analysis. She is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the Institute for Social Development (ISD), University of the Western Cape. Amiena has undertaken assignments for the UNDP, UNIDO, the EU and the South African Presidency. Her work on economic development is extensive, ranging from sustainable livelihoods, poverty & inequality and food security. She has undertaken several large-scale surveys in South Africa, including one for the South African Presidency.