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Dr Erin Torkelson

Assistant Professor (Research)

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Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Geography205

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

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Torkelson, E, James, D & Neves, D (2020). Legal but reckless: Lending to social grant recipients. 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
  • Torkelson, E (2017). The World Bank's role in SA's social grants payment system. 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.
  • Marchant, M May, A, Torkelson, E & Mathe, Z (2021). Digital Profiteers: Who Profits Next?
  • James, D, Neves, D & Torkelson, E (2020). Social grants: Challenging reckless lending in South Africa.