Burman Christopher John


Coordinator; The Development Facilitation and Training Institute, Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

Telephone: 015 290 2826
Email: burmanc@edupark.ac.za
Office: EDUPARK Academic Complex, off Webster Street Polokwane


  • PhD, University of the North, 2004
  • BA, Development Studies, University of East Anglia, 2001

Teaching and Research interests

  • Research interests: the application of complexity science to action research including rural development , community health, Community Engagement, water resource management and civic driven change
  • Teaching interest focuses towards community development, epistemology / sense making and complexity science

Selected Publications/Presentations

28th June, 2011

Presentation to the SANPAD - Rhodes University Water and Sustainability Project in Delft, Holland:  From policy to practice: enhancing implementation of water policies for sustainable development - Wicked Problems, Complexity and A Hunch

8th – 9th October, 2010

Presentation to the International conference on HIV/AIDS communication aimed at rural communities (HACALARA):  A Narrative Approach to Designing a Mentorship Programme for the Boys 2 Men Programme in the Limpopo Province.

1st October, 2010

Presentation to the National Development Agency Round Table Discussion:  Opportunities in Rural Tourism and Social Entrepreneurship:  is it time for an alternative approach?

7th September, 2010

Presentation to the Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference, Singapore:  Story Telling: a Case Study from South Africa

28th August – 1 September, 2010

Keynote Speaker to World Vision’s - Complex Adaptive Systems:  New Strategies for Transformational Development Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.  Demystifying Complexity:  a Case Study from South Africa

April 30th 2010

Presentation to the Minister, Department Science and Technology with the title:Community Engagement at the University of Limpopo 2010 - 2012

December 2009

Presentation to the International Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) Conference with title Sex and Relationships Education – Limpopo Province’. 

6th August 2009

Presentation to the National Department of Health’s Care and Support Directorate:  Competent Communities – Background for the ACP Meeting

19th June, 2009

Presentation to Institute of Municipal Associations in Southern Africa (IMASA):  Towards a Productive Public Service.

22nd May, 2009

Presentation to the National Advisory Council on Innovation’s Special Expert Panel on Innovation and Development in Pretoria.  Title:  Managing Innovation for Broad-Based Socio-Economic Challenges in South Africa: is a Sustainable Approach Possible?    

13th October, 2008

Attendance and facilitation at the National Development Agency’s District Dialogue Day Conference in Polokwane.

February, 2008

Report entitled:  Dance as if you’re not been watched:  findings from the Health Promoter’s Project.  DevFTI, TGSL, 2008.

13th May 2008

Presentation to the Knowledge Management Practitioners Group of South Africa at the Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria:  Software for knowledge sharing in a rural context.

July, 2007

Presentation of a paper to The GLGH’s Inter-Provincial Seminar on the Limpopo LED Centre:  Knowledge Sharing for Development: an innovative affair. 

22nd May, 2007 

Presented a paper to the United Cities and Local Governments Africa annual meeting at the GTZ office in Pretoria:  Knowledge Sharing and Local Economic Development. 

Burman, C.J. (2006): The culture of management or the management of culture: a case study of the Rural Women’s Association, South Africa. Knowledge Management for Development Journal – Vol 1, No 3 (2006).
http://www.km4dev.org/jounal/index.php/km4dj/issue/current [1]

Burman, C.J. (2006) Academia and Development. Knowledge Management for Development Journal – Vol 2, No 1 (2006).

Academic Citizenship
Member of the Akili Network
Member of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF)
Member of Development Research Uptake in sub-Saharan Africa Group (DRUSSA)