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Dr Erin Torkelson

Lecturer in Human Geography

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Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography210 

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: Best Dissertation Prize, Economic Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers:
  • 2021: Knowledge Network Representative, United Nations, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa:
  • 2019: Best Social Protection Papers of the Year, Tech and Financial Inclusion, World Bank Blogs:


Chapter in book

  • James, D, Neves, D & Torkelson, E (Accepted). Savings, investment, borrowing: A South African perspective on thrift. In Thrift. Alexander, C & Sosna, D Berghahn.

Journal Article

  • Torkelson, Erin (2021). Sophia’s choice: Debt, social welfare, and racial finance capitalism. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 39(1): 67.
  • Torkelson, Erin (2020). Collateral damages: Cash transfer and debt transfer in South Africa. World Development 126: 104711.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Torkelson, E, James, D & Neves, D (2020). Legal but Reckless: Lending to Social Grant Recipients. Ground Up
  • Torkelson, E (2017). The World Bank's role in SA's social grants payment system. Ground Up
  • Torkelson, E (2017). Sophia's Choice: Farm worker has to decide which child to feed. Ground Up
  • Torkelson, E (2017). Deductions from social grants: How it all works. Ground Up

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Philander, E, Crawford Cousins, C, Abrahams, J & Torkelson, E (2018). Grant grabs: Social grants and the EasyPay card.

Working Paper

  • Senona, E, Torkelson, E & Zembe, W (2021). Social protection in a time of Covid: Lessons for a basic income support.
  • James, D, Neves, D & Torkelson, E (2020). Social grants: Challenging reckless lending in South Africa.