David Fig


David Fig is a South African environmental sociologist, political economist, and activist. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and specializes in questions of energy, the extractive industries, and corporate accountability. He chairs the board of Biowatch South Africa, which is concerned with food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture, and works closely with various environmental justice non-government organizations. Recent research on the South African sugar industry has contributed to the announcement of a tax on sugary soft drinks from 2017. David was recently part of an international team advising the Vietnamese congressional committee on science and technology on the full costs of nuclear. He is a member of the steering committee of the African Uranium Alliance serving communities affected by uranium mining and the rest of the nuclear fuel chain. Recent publications include work on environmental rights, nuclear procurement, nuclear waste, shale gas, the Biowatch case against Monsanto, asbestos, and poverty/development in the Karoo region of South Africa.

Recent and forthcoming publications (a fuller list on eeu.academia.edu):

Myers, A., D. Fig, J. Mandle, J. Myers & K Hofman (2015) Sugar and health
in South Africa: Potential challenges to leveraging policy changes. Global
Public Health 2015, 28 Aug: 1-18. DOI 10.1080/17441692.2015.1071419.

Martin, B. and D. Fig (2015) The African nuclear study: Final report. Cape
Town: Heinrich Boell Stiftung.

Fig, D. (2017) Capital, climate and the politics of nuclear procurement.
In Satgar V and J Cock (eds) Climate crisis and just transition:
Democratic eco-socialist alternatives for South Africa and the world.
(Democratic Marxism series, 3). Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

Fig, D. (2017) Violating the duty of care: The legacy of asbestos in South
Africa. In Southall, R. and D. Pillay (eds) New South African Review 6.
Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

Fig, D. (2017) Disposal and Contamination: Nuclear waste in South Africa.
In Brunnengräber, A., M.R. di Nucci, A. M. Isidoro Losada, L. Mez and M.
Schreurs (eds), Nuclear Waste Governance: An International Comparison.
Wiesbaden: Springer VS.