Rasigan Maharajh is an Associate Fellow of the Tellus Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the George Perkins Marsh Institute (GPMI) of Clark University.
He is the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation in the Faculty of Economics and Finance at Tshwane University of Technology, where his research has focused on critiquing the political economy, innovation systems and public policies in the context of the global knowledge commons, economic development, social cohesion, and democratic governance.
Prior to his return to academia in 2004, he was Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (1997-2004) and National Coordinator of the Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa’s first democratic government (1995-1997).
He is an active member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence-building Systems (Globelics); the Steering Group of the South Africa Forum for International Solidarity; and the National Executive Committee Subcommittee on Education of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU).
He holds a PhD from the Forskningspolitiska Institutet of Lund University in Sweden. He is also an alumnus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Harvard University.