In partnership with the American Cancer Society, UCT hosts an annual Emerging Researcher Programme. The first workshop was held in July 2012, and the topic was the economics of tobacco control. The second workshop was held in October 2013 and focused on tobacco and poverty. Below find our call for expressions of interest in both English and French for the second workshop.
The aim of the workshops is to train a younger generation of researchers from SSA in economics of tobacco control. A strong focus is to make delegates aware of the many datasets that are available for research. The training is aimed at emerging researchers from a variety of academic disciplines, including economics, epidemiology and sociology. While a deep knowledge of economics is not required, delegates are expected to have some exposure to economics and quantitative techniques. Young faculty and senior students (preferable PhD, but also Masters students) are the target audience for the workshops.
ACS and UCT hosted its second Emerging Researcher Programme (ERP) from the 28th of October until the 1st of November 2013. The focus of this year’s programme was on “tobacco and poverty”. Trainers were Corne van Walbeek (UCT), Evan Blecher (UCT/ACS), Grieve Chelwa (UCT), Lynn Woolfrey (UCT) Yussuf Saloojee (National Council Against Smoking), Hana Ross (ACS) and Alex Liber (ACS).
A total of 13 participants attended from various African countries: Mauritius (1), Kenya (2), Uganda (1), Malawi (1), Burkina Faso (1), Eritrea (1), Cameroon (1), Nigeria (3) and South Africa (2). The structure of the workshop included lectures as well as computer lab sessions using Stata. On the last day of the workshop, participants presented research proposals and feedback was provided on the day. Participants were then given 2 weeks to submit a formal proposal with the aim of receiving a small research grant.
Feedback from the participants about the workshop indicated the awareness of secondary data and that in many cases data collection is not required. Participants commented on the usefulness of Stata and expressed interest in using Stata in their research. Two of the participants participated in a 2 week intensive Stata training course that was held in January 2014 at UCT.
Researchers attending the workshop were eligible for research awards linked to a mentoring program. UCT and ACS staff provide mentorship during the development of their proposals, data collection, data analysis and preparation of manuscripts and presentations. These awards contribute to increasing the quantity and quality of academic papers and presentations on issues related to the economics of tobacco control in SSA. The following research topics were selected:
Leelmanee Moussa (Mauritius Institute of Health): An analysis of tobacco expenditure across socio-economic groups in Mauritius.
Peter Magati (Strathmore University, Kenya): Analysis of poverty trends among tobacco farming households in Kenya.
Donald Makoka (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources): Tobacco Farming and Household Poverty in Malawi: What Do Nationally Representative Data Say?
Henry Zakumumpa (Makerere University, Uganda): The opportunity cost of household tobacco expenditure: an analysis of Uganda’s lower-income households.
Boaz Munga and Jane Kanina (Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis): Tobacco use and its effects on poverty in Kenya.