Rory Liedeman

Title: Field Research Manager
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa
Qualification: MA (UWC); B.Soc.Sc (Hons – UCT)
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Rory is an informal economy research specialist and senior SLF researcher. He was born and raised in Cape Town and holds an Honours degree in Social Anthropology and a Master’s in Political Studies (cum laude). His key research interest is in the South African informal economy, and in particular, the small grocery retail sector commonly known as spaza shops. Rory’s passion for engaging poor and marginalised communities first started when he worked as a grey water research consultant for UCT’s Civil Engineering Department in 2008. He has been employed at SLF since it began in 2010. Rory’s current role includes the oversight of fieldwork projects, database management and strategic engagement; he has also contributed to recent SLF publications. Rory enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, daughter and braai grid.