Emma Smith


Emma is a Junior Economist at DNA Economics, working in the Trade, investment, and Regional Integration Practice Area. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)degree, a BSocSc Honours degree from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s of Science degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Prior to joining DNA Economics, Emma held part-time positions at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies and the Chris Hani Institute, where she primarily worked on post-Covid economic recovery and collective bargaining research. In addition, she has done consultative work for trade unions, focusing on ethical standards boards and their role in the fruit and wine supply chain in the Western Cape. Her own research has focused on the changing nature of work and South Africa’s National Minimum Wage.