School of Social Sciences

Simon Burton

Simon Burton

Simon Burton Position Associate Professor 
Discipline  Sociology
 Phone  033 260 5321
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
 Office address  Room 318 New Arts Bldg, Golf Rd, 

Degrees held 

  • BA (Econ) UCT
  • BSocSc (Sociology) UCT
  • BA (Hons)(Sociology) UCT
  • MSocSc (Natal)
  • PhD (Natal)
  • MURP (UFS)

Research interests

  • Media and Communications
  • Development Communication
  • Sociology of Planning

Selected Publications


  • Stilwell, C., Leach, A., & Burton, S. (2001) Knowledge, Information and Development: An African Perspective. School of Human and Social Studies

Edited Chapters

  • ‘Universal access in South Africa: Building infrastructure or broadening communication’ (with A Van der Hoven). In Nightingale, V. and Dwyer, T (eds) (2007) New Media Worlds: Challenges of Convergence. Oxford University Press
  • Disney in South Africa: Towards a common culture in a fragmented society? In Wasko, J., Phillips, M., & Meehan, E. (eds) (2001) Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audiences Project. Leicester University Press
  • Information and communication for development. In Coetzee, J. (et al) (eds) (2001) Development: Theory, Policy, and Practice. Oxford University Press
  • Journal Articles
  • Thusong Service Centres: Towards a broader planning perspective’. (with Verna Nel) Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, XXV1(1) 2012.
  • ‘Oribi Village re-visited: a case study of desegregation and social integration in South Africa’. (with Biniam Misgun and Moya Bydawell) Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, XX111(2) 2009



  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Culture, Communication and Development

Community Involvement

Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Planning and Development Appeals Tribunal