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Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson

Nickname: 'Craig'

Public Intellectual


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 22-06-1983 in Vanderbijlpark South Africa

Craig Thompson is a public intellectual predominantly working in the field of meta-economic theory and political discourse. He also has interest in assisting vulnerable and marginalized groups, especially persons with disabilities.

Contact details

craig.thompson@ncppdsa.org.za

O: 0114522774

M: 0613906194


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Current Work

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in Advocacy, Awareness Raising and Training

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Senior Researcher | Research and Policy | Center for Economic and Public Policy Institute
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Observing Member of the Central Committee | South African Communist Party
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Sub-Editor | The Progressive Economist
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Founder Member and Board Member | Centre Research | African Centre for Universal and Equal Design [ACUED]
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Board Member | Board | Varsity Media
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Advisor to 2nd DDG Solly Mapaila | South African Communist Party
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Board Member | National Director | Krelekrele Consultancy and Enterprises
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - present

Consulting and Project Management


Member of National Economic Transformation Committee | National Committees | African National Congress
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Member of SACP National Economic Transformation Committee | National Economic Transformation Committee | South African Communist Party
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Head of Research and Policy | Research and Policy | National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities of South Africa
Ekurhuleni, South Africa | 2011 - present

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals


Previous Position(s)

Board Member | Senate | University of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | 2012 - 2016

Academia, Education and Training


Treasurer | Board | Disabled People South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | 2008 - 2012

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals


Consultant Architect | Architecture, Urban Planning and Universal Design | Integrated Design Consultants
Cape Town, South Africa | 2006 - 2012

Building, Construction and Engineering

Educational history

Secondary

The Vaal High School, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa (2001)

Tertiary

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - present

Doctor of Philosophy - Economics

Proposed Thesis: "The Ideology, Political Economy and Meta-Economic Basis of Macroeconomic Policy with specific reference to post-Keynesian and Progressive Economic Theories"

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - present

Doctor of Philosophy - Economics

Proposed Thesis: "The Ideology, Political Economy and Meta-Economic Basis of Macroeconomic Policy with specific reference to post-Keynesian and Progressive Economic Theories"

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015 - present

Doctor of Philosophy - Economics

Proposed Thesis: "The Ideology, Political Economy and Meta-Economic Basis of Macroeconomic Policy with specific reference to post-Keynesian and Progressive Economic Theories"

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2014 - 2014

Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies - Health

Introduction to Disability as Diversity
Critical Priorities in Disability, Diversity and Development
Developing Critical Research Literacy
Community-Based Project Monitoring

London School of Economics

London, United Kingdom | 2014 - 2015

Master of Arts - Economics

Thesis: "Considerations in the Development of Ontological Categories in Labour Theory of Value: Is Surplus Value as an Emergent Property a Valid Mechanism for Understanding the Labour Economy in Re-Industrializing States?"

University of South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa | 2013 - 2013

Bachelor of Science Honours - Economics

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - 2013

Master of Architecture - Professional Degree

Final year thesis titled: "The City as Body: An Examination of Biopower and the Disabled City"

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2011 - 2011

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours) - Professional Degree

University of South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Bachelor of Science - Economics, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2008 - 2010

Bachelor of Architectural Studies - Professional Degree

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 2007 - 2009

Doctorate - Philosophy

Thesis: An Examination of Emergent Ontology with regard to Univocity of Being and Haecceity.

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 2005 - 2006

Master of Arts - Philosophy

Thesis: "Hidden Variables and Complete Determinism: Is Localization a Contingent or Necessary Property to Establish Valid Local Realist Models?"

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa | 2002 - 2004

Bachelor of Art - Philosophy, Sociology, History

Achievements

Awards

The Ray Alexander Simons Memorial Centre | 2009

Architectural Competition Design Won.

OR Tambo Homestead Memorial | 2007

Architectural Design Competition Won.

JL Dube Homestead Memorial Project | 2007

Architectural Project Competition Won.

Mvezo Architectural Initiative | 2007

Won Architectural Competition

Economic Research Southern Africa Promising Economists Award | 2015

B- Researcher at the National Research Foundation | 2016

C+ Researcher at the National Research Foundation | 2013

C- Researcher at the National Research Foundation | 2011

Kit Fox Award for Extraordinary Scholarship | 2010

Shortlist and nomination

The Order of the Baobab: Bronze: Nominated | 2015

Runner-Up for ESHET for Best Monograph Award | 2016

Title: The Ideological Basis of Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Nominee for the Leontif Prize | 2015

Nominee for the Fischer Black Prize | 2016

Delegate at the 13th National Congress of the South African Communist Party | 2012

Country Delegate (South Africa) for the World Urban Forum | 2012

media exposure

South African Communist Paty | 2015

An Examination of what Environmental Justice means

South African Communist Party | 2014

An Examination of the New Growth Plan

South African Communist Party | 2013

Two Theses of Inequality: Opportunity and Effect

South African Communist Party | 2013

Creating the Developmental State

South African Communist Party | 2012

An Examination of the Meta-Economic Framework of the National Development Plan

South African Disability Alliance UA Support | 2008

Together with Phillip Thompson we have acted as support for the Disability Alliance on a number of different formats, e.g. at the level of the World Bank. the IMF, government departments, civil society engagement etc.

Competitive Accomplishments

Silver Medalist | National Schools Poetry Competition | 2001

Silver Medalist | National Schools Poetry Competition | 2000

Bronze Medal | National Schools Poetry Competition | 1999

Silver Medalist | National Schools Poetry Competition | 1998

National Colours | National Chess Championship | 2001

National Bronze Medal | National Chess Championship | 2000

National Colours | National Chess Championship | 1999

Provincial Colours | National Chess Championship | 1998

Provincial Colours | National Chess Championship | 1997

Provincial Colours | National Chess Championship | 1995

Provincial Colours | National Chess Championship | 1996

Academic Achievements

Book Chapter: Bodies that Matter | 2015

Coetzee, Anthropometrics and Ergonomics Handbook.

Book Chapter: Rhizomatic Architecture | 2015

Jenkins. The Futures of Architecture

Book: The Communality of Disability | 2014

UNISA University Press

Book Chapter: Biopwer and the Politics of African Architecture | 2014

Lepik, Afritecture.

Book: Reifying Desire: Capital, Sexuality, Dialect and Disability | 2013

Cornell University Press

Book: Universal Access Design | 2013

University of Cape Town Press

Book Chapter: Inscriping the Body: Normalizing Techniques of Disablement | 2013

Sperry et al. The Government of Disability.

Paper: Why Africa Needs Ecology not Nature | 2012

Protest and Engagement.

Book Chapter: The Art of Citizenship in the African City | 2012

Makeka, African Cities

Book Chapter: Finding the Existential Space of African Architecture | 2011

Adjaye, African Metropolitan Architecture.

Book Chapter: Disability Discourse in Architecture | 2010

Folkers, Modern Architecture in Africa

Book Chapter: On the Aesthetic Education of Disability | 2010

Wilkinson & Williboughy. Series of Letters on Disability.

Book Chapter: The Dialectical Tradition of Biopower in Africa | 2009

in Nash, The Dialectical Tradition in South Africa

Paper: “Sexualities of the Body and the Formation of the Clinic in Classic Athens | 2009

The International Journal of Ancient Greek Philosophy.

Book: Undoing the Self: The Body as Identity. (with Boughey, T.) | 2009

Columbia State University Press

Paper: The Genealogy of the Body in Traditional African Sage Thought | 2015

The Journal of Black Americana and Diaspora

Paper: Control Variables and Mental Causation | 2007

Proceedings of the Society for Philosophy of Mind

Book: The Obscure Disaster | 2010

Verso

Book: Reindustrializing South Africa | 2013

Chris Hani Institute Publishers

Paper: The Ideology of Environmentalism | 2015

International Journal of Environmental Economics

Paper: A Framework for Meta-Economic Theores | 2015

Journal of European Political Economy

Book: The Ideological Basis of Macroeconomic Theory and Policy | 2015

Verso

Paper: "Disability, Substantive Equality and South African Law of Delictt" | 2013

South African Journal of Human Rights

Publication: Access to Housing - Universal Accessibility Housing and Visit-Ability Guidelines | 2012

National Department of Public Works, South Africa

South African Institute of Architects - Certificate Course in Universal Access | 2012

South African Institute of Architects

AfriNEAD (African Network for Action-in-Evidence on Disability) Papers - Various | 2009

Papers presented:
“Challenges and Opportunities in the Construction of a Universally Accessible Tourism Framework in Southern Africa: Implementing Article 30 in the Context of Formal Tourism Training” [2009]
“Visit-ability and Universal Access as City Planning and Urban Design Tools for Mainstreaming Disability: Challenges and Experiences in the South African Experience” [2009]
“The Development of Viable Universally Accessible Tourism Products” [2010]

TRANSED (Transport for Elderly and Disabled Person) Papers - Various | 2011

Three papers were submitted:
"Corridor-Orientated Transit and Universal Accessibility: The South African Experience” [2011]
“Technical Evaluation of Accessibility in Commuter Rail Environments” [with Fransolet, C.] [2011]
“The Development of a Comprehensive Commuter Rail Programme for South Africa” [with Thompson, P.A.] [2011]

Chapter "Universal Access in the Museum Environment" in Lord et al. Manual of Museum Planning | 2011

"Enabling Environments" Course | 2008

The World Bank Publishing

Technical Specification: Detectable Warning Surfaces | 2009

International Standards Organization

Publication: Manual on Accessible Environments | 2008

Prince Salman Center for Disability Research

Publication: Framework on Accessible Transportation | 2009

South African Disability Alliance

Publication: Manual for the Planning of Education Facilities [Norms, Guidelines and Standards] | 2008

Department of Basic Education, South Africa

Other Achievements

ECDC Headquarters Buildings, East London | 2013

Architectural Project.

Lorenzo Towers, Lagos | 2013

Architectural Project.

Kampala New International Convention Center | 2013

Architectural Project.

Ecobank, Accra, Ghana | 2010

Architectural Project.

The Ray Alexander Simons Memory Centre | 2013

Architectural Project.

OR Tambo Memorial Homestead | 2013

Architectural Project

JL Dube Homestead Memorial Project | 2013

Architectural Project

Abuja National Gallery of Arts | 2010

Architectural Project

East London Arts and Cultural Center | 2010

Architectural Project

The Ridge - Oppenheimer Opportunity and Innovation Centre | 2009

Architectural Project

Cape Manor Hotel | 2009

Architectural Project: Hospitality

Bulhoek Massacre Site | 2009

Architectural Project: Museum

Nelson Mandela Mvezo Tourism Initiative Conference Center | 2009

Architectural Project: Conference Centre, Tourism Node, Tribal Court, Museum

Activities

Memberships

South African Communist Party

Member, 2002 - present

Disabled People South Africa

Member, 2006 - present

Autism South Africa

National Executive Director, 2012 - present

Varsity Media

Director, 2011 - present

 Varsity Media: Board of Directors [Publications: University Gazette, House, Varsity Footy, The University Gazette Online, The University Careers Gazette]

International Standards Organization

O-Membership, 2008 - present

O-membership [non-voting] on the following ISO [International Standards Organization] Committee:
 ISO TC10620 Facility Accessibility Standards

South African Bureau of Standards

Voting P-Membership, 2009 - present

P-membership [voting] on the following SABS [South African Bureau of Standards] Committees:
 SC59Q Standard addressing facilities for Persons with Disabilities
 TC59Q Deemed-to-Satisfy Requirements for the National Building Regulations
 TC60 Standards addressing the National Building Regulations
 TC177 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
 TC207 Environmental Management
 TC1066 National Steering Committee for Railway Safety Standards

community

National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa

Committee Member: Universal Access Forum, 2009 - present

 Committee member on the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities: Universal Access Forum

Other Activities

National Union of Mineworkers

Member, 2011 - present

African National Congress

Member of Gabby Shapiro Branch, 2012 - present

South African Communist Party

Member of Commission on State and Economic Transformation , 2012 - present

South African Communist Party

Jack Simons Branch, Branch Secretary, 2012 - 2013

Testimonials

Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu

""With regard to the work undertaken by Craig Thompson on the National Building Regulations, Universal Design and Access, as well as his extensive work on the National Disability Policy, we can only give our thanks."
[Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu is Deputy-Minister of Social Development]
" - 2014

Therina Wentzel

""Craig has contributed, in the technical sense and in the advisory sense, more than any other contemporary thinker or activist in the area of disability. His work on Universal Design and Access should be recognized on an international level"
[Therina Wentzel is National Director of the NCPPDSA and a member of SADA]
" - 2013

Harry Swart

""Craig Thompson comes closest to both what we might call a public intellectual as well as a polymath. He has written on areas as wide as physics, the social sciences, architecture, economics, mathematics, and the law. There seems to be little bounds as to what is mind is capable of."
[Harry Swart is former HOD of Engineering at the University of Leiden, and Former Director of the CSIR]
" - 2012

Jeremy Cronin

""I have always found Comrade Craig to always produce analysis that is deeply embedded within Marxist discourse. His knowledge of the wide variety and complexity of Marxist economic and political theory is always refreshing"
[Jeremy Cronin is Deputy-Secretary General of the SACP, and Deputy-Minister of Public Works]
" - 2014

Solly Mapaila

""Comrade Craig is amongst the, if not the, most potent and deep intellectual in our movement. We need more intellectuals like Comrade Craig, and we need Comrade Craig to guide them. The research work, the policy work, indeed the thrust of his work reveals the depth of his intellectualism".
[Solly Mapaila is the 2nd DDG of the SACP]
" - 2016

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