Nicolas Pons-Vignon is a senior researcher in the School of Economic & Business Sciences (SEBS) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a political economist whose research focuses on labour markets, economic policy, and the role of the state in economic development. Nicolas has been the editor of the Global Labour Column since its inception in 2009; he also initiated the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE), which he directed for seven years before joining the Scientific committee. Before coming to South Africa in 2004, he worked in Paris at the OECD Development centre, where he researched violent conflicts in developing countries. Nicolas holds a PhD from EHESS (Paris), an MSc from SOAS (London) and an MA from Sciences-Po (Paris).