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Human Sciences Research Council hosts strategies on South Africa's AU chairship

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HSRC's 50/90 Commemoration 2018-2020

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In 2019, the HSRC commemorated its 50th anniversary undertaking a series of critical engagements around the social and human sciences in the period April 2018 to May 2020. The engagements enabled 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.

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.


20 April 2021 | This week in civil society: Planning for the restoration of Earth

This week in civil society: Planning for the restoration of Earth, a sustainable grant system and the end of South Africa’s ‘book famine&r....

19 April 2021 | Politicised COVID-19 responses undermine trust in science

Concerns have mounted across Africa, Europe and Asia that scientists advising on the spread of COVID-19 are being compromised by close relationships w....

19 April 2021 | Post-Covid cities can only be saved by reinvention and transformation

BY IVAN TUROK As the pandemic empties city centres and alters work and travel patterns, planners must redesign them for new needs, functions and econ....