Professor Purshottama S. Reddy

Professor Purshottama S Reddy
Room 128, M Block


Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy is a Professor and Public Governance Specialist in the Graduate School of Business and Leadership and Emeritus Professor in the School of Management, IT and Governance at the University of Kwazulu Natal, in Durban, South Africa. He has served as the Vice – President: Programmes; member of the Board of Management and founding Project Director of the Working Group on Sub – national Governance and Development of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) (Brussels).

He has also served on an IASIA – UNDESA Taskforce for Effective Public Administration at the Local Level for the Achievement of the MDGs. In 2014, he received the Donald Stone Award for being “A Distinguished International Scholar/Practitioner” and for his “Contribution Towards Advancing the Wellbeing of IASIA”. Prof Reddy is currently the Vice – Chairperson of the Policy and Programme Committee (PRAC) of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) (Brussels).

He has also served as a full/alternate board member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) (London), representing universities and research organisations. Prof Reddy is a rated researcher (B3) with the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa and previously served on its specialist committee representing the Discipline of Public Administration.

He has published extensively nationally and internationally and is the editor/co – editor of twenty-one books and currently serves on the editorial/advisory committee of seven international journals. Prof Reddy has also served as a member of the Board of Pongola Umzimkulu Water Catchment Agency. He has also served on the Board of the then Mhlathuze Water and the Human Capital Development and Remuneration Committee of the Financial and Fiscal Commission. He has also served as an elected member of the University of Kwazulu – Natal Council representing academic staff.   

Academic Qualifications

  • B Admin;
  • B Admin (Hons);
  • M Admin
  • D Admin (UKZN);
  • Certificate in Local Government Studies (Birmingham University)

Research Interests

  • Subnational Governance
  • Traditional Leadership
  • Local Economic Development
  • Public Administration in Conflict Affected Countries

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Co – editor of book Public Administration in Conflict Affected Countries. Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan Publishers. 2021. Co – editor :  J Nemec
  • Co-editor of book : Lessons from Political Leadership in Africa : Towards Inspirational and   Transformational Leaders. United Kingdom : Cambridge Scholar Publishers. 2022. Co-editors : C. Jones,  
  • Pillay and S Zondi Co-editor of book : Coalition Building and Municipal Governance in South Africa : Implications for  Municipal Leadership and Service Delivery. 2022. Co – editors : H Wissink and P Kariuki
  • Challenges in South Africa’s Post-School Education and Training System on Local Governance Performance. Administratio Publica. Vol. 31. Issue 3. 2023. Co – author : H Khunoethe
  • Co-editor of a book :  Municipal Governance, Traditional Leadership, and Land Management in South Africa :  Challenges and Lessons Learnt. Johannesburg : University of Johannesburg Press. 2023. Co – editors : P Kariuki and H Wissink.
  • Co-editor of a book : The Nexus Between Poverty and Corruption : Quo Vadis ?. United Kingdom : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2023.  Co – editors : P Pillay, S Zondi and C Jones.
  • Conflict and Public Administration Performance : CEE Countries. Journal of Comparative Policy  Analysis : Research and Practice. 18 March 2024. Co – authors : J Nemec and M Placek.
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