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HSRC's 50/90 Commemoration 2018-2020

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In 2019, the HSRC commemorates its 50th anniversary and is undertaking a series of critical engagements around the social and human sciences in the period April 2018 to May 2020. The engagements will enable documentation, the building of the HSRC archive, reflection, learning, appreciation, promotion in the public domain, and critical debate on the relationship between social and human science research, the state and society at large. Read more about the Commemoration.

Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller discusses election satisfaction survey

Social cohesion: The missing link in overcoming violence and inequality?

The aim of this study is to understand the importance of strong social cohesion in the cities of Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, which suffer from high levels of inequality, poverty, and violence. More info.


11 September 2019 | Research community must step up the challenge to understand root causes of gender based violence

Pretoria, Wednesday 11 September 2019 – The Human Sciences Research Council adds its voice to, and stands in solidarity with, the people of Sout....

20 August 2019 | Results of DAAD survey announced

In May 2018 the HSRC was approached by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to assist in promoting an online survey. The results of that survey....

15 August 2019 | Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact

The HSRC is attending a planning session for the 2019 Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) event. For the first time, the organisers are bringing togethe....