Regional and Local Economic
Development Initiative

Research Hub

The Regional and Local economic Development (RLED) Information Hub is designed to be a resourceful information repository of relevant information for stakeholders who are practitioners in the Regional and Local economic Development space or individuals with a keen interest in the RLED space.

The initiative is an outcome of the realisation of the critical importance of current and relevant information for all aspects of LED decision making. This adequate relevant and timely information is critical which is key for LED strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.  and will serve a primary resource for researchers as well.

This hub will serve a primary resource for scholars, experts and researchers exploring the LED field and also serve as a clearinghouse providing improved access to information for decision making by all categories of LED stakeholders. The platform will also be instrumental for new data for specific needs, sharing of best practices, dissemination of research outcomes and results, as well as resource for conducting applied research.

The site features uploaded research output from the University and invite interested stakeholders to contribute material that they believe will be of interest and benefit the wider LED Community of practice. In future, the hub will also include information focusing on KwaZulu-Natal’s local endowments, communities’ business profile, quality of life, local economic structure, Investment climate information, local human capital profile and much more.