Professor Dharma Mahadea


Associate Professor
Telephone: +27 31 260 7559
Campus: Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room: New Arts Building – 333, 3rd Floor


Dharma Mahadea is Professor in discipline of Economics focusing in mainstream Economics and Development Economics. Research interests lie in Entrepreneurship, SMMEs, Economics of happiness, unemployment and poverty.

Academic Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Econs (Lanchester)
  • MBA (Bradford), UK
  • PhD (UDW)

Undergraduate courses currently teaching:

  • Development Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Micro and Macroeconomics at BBA level

Postgraduate courses

  • Macroeconomics

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • SMMEs
  • Economics of happiness
  • Unemployment and poverty

Recent Publications

    • Human Capital Elements and Performance of Small-scale Manufacturing in Tanzania, International Journal of Education Economics and Development, Vol 3, No 2, 2012, pp. 164-178.
    • Work Without Workers: What happened to Employment in South Africa?, in Jobs, Jobs, Job. Free Market Foundation, pp.184-212, Nov. 2011
    • (2 articles of mine will be published in Dec 2012; one in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship and the other in Skills and Work, Vol 5),– cannot insert them until having sight that they have been published).
    Editorial Boards:
    • Was a member of the Editorial Board of South African Journal for Economics, 2002-09.