Peter Delius is an Emeritus Professor at Wits University. He has published numerous books including : The Land Belongs to Us (Ravan 1983, Heinemann(UK) and University of California Press 1984); A Lion Amongst the Cattle . Reconstruction and Resistance in the Northern Transvaal 1900-1994.(Ravan, Heinemann(USA) and James Currey(UK) 1996); Mpumalanga; History and Heritage,( University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007); With L Phillips and F Rankin Smith and A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds 1860-2014 ( Wits University Press,2014); With T Maggs and M Schoeman; Forgotten World: The Stone Walled Settlements of the Mpumalanga Escarpment,1500-1830 ( Wits University Press,2014) ; and With W Beinart and M Hay, Rights to Land: A Guide to Tenure Upgrading and Restitution in South Africa (Jacana 2017).
He has contributed to policy debates in relation to land reform, poverty alleviation, public works programmes and heritage. He has also in recent years undertaken research on especially intractable land restitution cases. He has contributed to the work of CDE in various ways since the late 1990s.