Prof. Beatrice Conradie

Prof Beatrice Conradie

Director: Sustainable Societies Unit

Associate Professor, School of Economics

Professor Conradie has been at UCT since 1999 and associated with the CSSR since 2003. She has an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and an honours degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University. Her masters, also from Stellenbosch, was on the potential for land reform in the apple industry. Her PhD from Colorado State University was on efficient water allocation in the Fish-Sundays irrigation scheme of the Eastern Cape.

Contact details


Tel: +2721 650 4774

Office: Room 4.29.2 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus

Current research

  1. Productivity benchmarking (TFP)
  2. Conflicts between agriculture and conservation
  3. Predator management
  4. Urban agriculture and job creation in agriculture 

Professor Conradie teaches an introduction to resource economics on efficient water allocation, research and policy tools for applied micro economists, policy analysis and microeconomic theory. She works in agriculture and rural development. Her work is problem-based, seeking to understand ecological questions from an economics perspective. With the benefit of an overseas training in the United States and with current UK research links, Professor Conradie is able to undertake research in South Africa that is unique. This research contributes to global debates about sustainable land use, human wildlife conflict and labour legislation. Within the CSSR she directs the Karoo Predator Project, a collaboration with Baboon Research Unit in the Science Faculty, which seeks to understand the impact of predators on sheep farming, and vice versa, in the arid rangelands of the Karoo. The project collects panel survey data on farm management variables as well as the densities and movements of wild prey and predators.

Curriculum Vitae

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Recent publications

Nattrass, N., Conradie, B. (forthcoming). Jackal Narratives: The politics and science of predator control in the Western Cape, South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies (Special edition: Science and Scandal)

Black, A, Conradie, B, Gerwel, H. (forthcoming). Is there a case for a greater support for agriculture? Chapter in (ed) A. Black, “Towards employment intensive growth in South Africa” UCT Press

Conradie, B., Treurnicht, M., Esler, K. and Gaertner, M. (2013) Determinants of participation in a landscape-scale conservation initiative on the Agulhas Plain, Cape Floristic Region. Biological Conservation 158:334 – 341.

Conradie, B.I., Piesse, J. (2013). The effect of predator culling on livestock losses: Ceres, South Africa, 1979 – 1987. African Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics 8(4): 265-274

Garcia, M., Conradie, B. (2013). An estimate of the recreational value of the Agulhas Plain, South Africa, with special reference to the value of plant biodiversity. South African Journal of Economics and Management Sciences 16(2):170-182.

Thom, A.E., Conradie, B.I., (2013). Urban agriculture’s enterprise potential: Exploring vegetable box schemes in Cape Town. Agrekon 52(S1): 64 -86

Conradie, B., Piesse, J., Thirtle, C., Vink, N. And Winter, K. (2013). Explaining declining total factor productivity in the Karoo districts of the Western Cape, 1952 to 2002 Agrekon 52(S1): 1-23 Conradie, B.I. (2012) Are hunting clubs the solution to small stock depredation? The case of Ceres, 1979 and 1980 Agrekon 51(1):96 – 113