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Lorenzo Fioramonti

Lorenzo Fioramonti

Full Professor of Political Economy, University of Pretoria

Lorenzo Fioramonti is Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (www.governanceinnovation.org). He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. Lorenzo is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa, a prestigious recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics, and also holds the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People. In 2012, he received the UP Exceptional Young Researcher Award and in 2014 he became the first president of the European Union Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of over 60 scientific articles and 8 books. His most recent books are Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth (MacMillan 2017, http://panmacmillan.co.za/catalogue/wellbeing-economy/) and The World After GDP: Economics, Politics and International Relations in the Post-Growth Era (Polity Books 2017, http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509511341). Lorenzo’s research interests range from alternative economic paradigms to the governance of the commons, global political innovations and new forms of supranational regionalism. His opinion pieces have been published, among others, by The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, TruthOut, Die Presse, Das Parlament, Der Freitag, The Mail&Guardian and www.opendemocracy.net. He has a monthly column in Business Day, South Africa’s foremost daily financial newspaper. He is the author of two film documentaries, The Age of Adaptation (http://globalreboot.org/videos/) and Presi per il PIL (in Italian, http://www.presiperilpil.org/ilfilm.html). He blogs at www.lorenzofioramonti.org and he is a sought-after public speaker on issues regarding new economic paradigms, rethinking development and responsible business. His work is endorsed by acclaimed authors such as Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett, Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Susan George, Richard Heinberg, Johan Galtung and leading economists like Robert Costanza, Enrico Giovannini and Tim Jackson. He is the founder of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa, www.we-africa.org) and a member of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity (www.asap4all.org).

Digital Currency Revolution

Alternative currencies are the future: why it matters for development

Jul 02, 2017 12:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Digital Currency

When I began to teach in 2012, I decided to start my course with an analysis of how money affects social order. What my students found particularly fascinating was the then-nascent world of cryptocurrencies, which I...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries jump ahead of FOMC members’ speeches, September manufacturing PMI

The U.S. Treasuries jumped Friday as investors await the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members George and Kaplans speech, scheduled to be held today by 13:30GMT and 17:30GMT respectively. The yield on the...

German PMI surges to 6-1/2 year high as manufacturing booms

Germanys private sector economy ended the third quarter strongly, with business activity growth accelerating to the fastest in almost six-and-a-half years, according to flash PMI survey data from IHS Markit. Improved...

RBNZ unlikely to alter monetary policy stance next week, due to election uncertainty: Westpac Research

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is expected not to alter its monetary policy stance at its meeting next week, owing to election-related uncertainties. The RBNZ has run a very consistent line on monetary policy over...

USD/INR likely to trade towards 65 level with support at 64, says Scotiabank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to trade towards the 65 level with the 64 support, but the pair will be buffered against a sharp and persistent depreciation given the nations large foreign reserves that rose to a...

JGBs gain tracking following U.S. Treasuries after North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb attack

The Japanese government bonds gained tracking similar momentum in the U.S. counterpart after North Korean leader Kin-Jong-Un said that the North would consider the highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history...

Politics

Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol...

India at 70: after the celebrations, single-party dominance menaces democracy

Seventy years ago, Jawaharlal Nehrus famous Tryst with Destiny speech not only marked Indias independence from British rule but also expressed the vision for a united, democratic, egalitarian and modern country. Not...

Can corporate America afford to walk away from President Trump?

After campaigning as the candidate best able to work with business, President Donald Trump has shown he is anything but. A stream of resignations from high-level business counsels hit a crescendo recently when Trump was...

Little prospect of regime change in Russia short of a popular uprising – and that's unlikely

Vladimir Putins power in Russia can often look unassailable. However much Western media might champion potential opponents, the president maintains a tight grip, and its easy to see why. Any successor to Putin who was not...

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

There are those who say that comparing President Donald Trumps rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler is alarmist, unfair and counterproductive. And yet, there has been no dearth of such comparisons since the 2016...

Science

Scientists Create Robots The Size Of DNA Strands That Can Rearrange Molecules

Robots are great for a lot of things and can perform functions that humans would either have a hard time accomplishing or simply would not be able to do. Among the latter case is rearranging the molecules of a living...

China Signs Deal With Israel Over Lab-Grown Meat, Food For The Future

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How diseases can be targeted using nanotechnology – and why it's difficult

Scientists are designing materials that are a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair. Known as nanomaterials or nanoparticles, some could help treat diseases. However, the engineering of particles for...

Denmark Finally Sells Last Oil Company For $7.45 Billion

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Trump’s Pick For NASA Head Is Not A Scientist And A Prominent Climate Change Denier

The Trump administration has proven to be incompetent in filling crucial roles with qualified people, evidenced by an anti-EPA EPA head and an anti-DOE head of DOE. Now, the president has nominated a non-scientist who is...

Technology

Wall St. Hack Cause Havoc Among Lawmakers And Investors

Being the victim of a hack is never a good thing, but when the target is a top US regulator overseeing trading at Wall St., the situation becomes catastrophically more consequential. This is exactly what the U.S....

Really Big Original Xbox Controller Available For Xbox One

Gamers who have used or owned the original Xbox will remember the big, bulky Duke controller that made playing games either fun or way too much of a hassle. This peripheral is being brought back and is compatible with the...

CCleaner Malware Carried Mystery Bomb, US Could Be Under Attack

More details about the recent CCleaner malware outbreak have come out and they are terrifying. What was initially thought of as a mild case of infection is now considered an attempt at planting digital bombs, with major US...

Doom On Switch Plays Surprisingly Well According To First-Hand Accounts

The Nintendo Switch is not exactly the most powerful console on the market, which is why it was such a huge surprise to find out that Bethesdas Doom reboot would be coming to the hybrid unit. The fast-paced, gore fest of a...

Electric Bus Breaks World Record In Long Distance Driving In A Single Charge, 1,100 Miles

Range is the biggest problem that most people have when it comes to electric vehicles, but as one company that made an electric bus just proved, this is really not an issue. Packing some really big batteries, a bus by a...
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September 22 11:30 UTC Released

INFX Reserves, USD*

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402.51 Bln USD

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400.73 Bln USD

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BRFGV Consumer Conf*

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82.3 %

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80.9 %

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CACPI Inflation YY

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1.5 %

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1.2 %

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CACPI BoC Core YY

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0.9 %

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-0.1 %

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0.2 %

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CACore CPI MM SA

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0.1 %

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CACPI Median

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1.7 %

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CACPI Trim

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1.3 %

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CACPI Common

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1.4 %

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