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Dr Donna Hornby

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Student Focus:

Land tenure; forest tenure; social differentiation; agrarian reform; land reform



PhD (Land and Agrarian Studies), PLAAS,


  1. Lawry, S.; Samii, C.; Hall, R.; Leopold, A.; Hornby, D.; Mtero, F. 2014. The impact of land property rights interventions on investment and agricultural productivity in developing countries: a systematic review. Campbell Collaboration, Oslo, Norway (2014) 104 pp. [Campbell Systematic Reviews 2014:1] [DOI: 10.4073/csr.2014.1]
  2. Kingwill, R., Cousins, B., Cousins, T., Hornby, D., Royston, L., and Smit, W. 2007. Mysteries and myths: de Soto, property and poverty in South Africa, in Are Hernando de Soto’s views appropriate to South Africa?, Papers delivered at a colloquium hosted in June 2006 by the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the University of the Witwatersrand, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
  3. Hornby, D., 2006. Report on the IDRC’s Rural Poverty and Environment program’s gender and tenure study. Toronto: IDRC.
  4. Cousins, T. and Hornby, D. 2005. The realities of tenure diversity in South Africa. Paper presented at Colloque international “Les frontières de la question foncière – At the frontier of land issues”, Montpellier, June 2006.
  5. Cousins, B., Cousins, T., Hornby, D., Kingwill, R., Royston, L. and Smit, W., 2005. Will formalising property rights reduce poverty in South Africa’s ‘second economy’: Questioning the mythologies of Hernando de Soto. PLAAS Policy Brief 18. Cape Town: PLAAS.
  6. Cousins, T., Hornby, D., Kingwell, R., Royston, L., Trench, T. 2005. Perspectives on Land Tenure Security in Rural and Urban SA. Perspectives.
  7. Alcock, R. and Hornby, D., 2004. Traditional Land Matters. A Look into Land Administration in Tribal Areas in KwaZulu-Natal. Pietermaritzburg: Legal Entity Assessment Project.
  8. Alcock, R. & Hornby, D. 2004. Research findings on traditional authorities and land use in Kwazulu. Pietermartizburg, Legal Entity Assessment Project (LEAP).
  9. Hornby, D. 2003. Recording land rights at Ekuthuleni. Leisa 19, pp. 29.
  10. Hornby, D. ed., 2003. Dukuduku: The Forest of Our Discontent. AFRA Special Report, 2003. Pietermaritzburg: Association for Rural Advancement.
  11. Cousins, T., and Hornby, D. 2002. Scoping Report on Communal Property Institutions in Land Reform. Pietermaritzburg: LEAP.
  12. Goodenough, C. and Hornby, D. ed., 2002. Traditional Leaders: A KwaZulu-Natal Study, 1999-2001. Independent Projects Trust.
  13. Cross, C. and Hornby, D., 2002. Opportunities and Obstacles to Women's Land Access in South Africa. A research report for the Promoting Women's Access to Land Programme. Johannesburg: Promoting Women's Access to Land Programme.
  14. Ziqubu, N. Cousins, T., and Hornby, D. 2001. Using local practices and records to secure individual tenure rights in common property situations: Lessons from the case studies on what might work on the ground. Paper written for the Department of Land Affairs' National Land Tenure Conference, 26-30 November, 2001, Durban.
  15. Cousins, T., and Hornby, D. 2000. Leaping the Fissures: Bridging the gap between paper and real practice in setting up common property institutions in land reform in South Africa. Prepared for the CASS/PLAAS CBNRM Programme 2nd Annual Regional Meeting, Legal aspects of governance of CBNRM, 16 – 17 October 2000.
  16. Hornby, D. 1999. Tenure rights and practices on a state-owned farm: the community of Ekuthuleni. In At the crossroads: land and agrarian reform in South Africa into the 21st century. Papers from a conference held at Alpha Training Centre, Broederstroom, Pretoria, South Africa, 26-28 July 1999 2000 pp. 311-317. Cape Town: PLAAS and National Land Committee.
  17. Hornby, D., 1998. All we need is a piece of land. National Land Committee Investigation into the Current Status of Labour Tenancy.
  18. Cousins, T. and Hornby, D. (undated). Scoping Report on Communal Property Institutions. (unpublished paper.)