DGSD Flagships

Social Attitudes Survey of South Africa (SASAS)

SASAS is a nationally representative, repeated cross-sectional survey that has been conducted annually by the HSRC since 2003. SASAS is increasingly providing a unique, long-term account of the speed and direction of change in underlying public perceptions, values and the social fabric of modern South Africa. SASAS thus represents a notable tool for monitoring evolving social, economic and political values among South Africans, but it also demonstrates promising utility as an anticipatory, or predictive, mechanism that can inform decision- and policy-making processes.

State of the Nation

Between 2003 and 2008 the HSRC published its annual flagship publicationState of the Nation. Taking the South African national agenda as its organising framework, SoN provides an in-depth and independent analysis of the year under review. The publication stimulates contemporary debates on key issues in a significant way and received wide critical acclaim as a reference source that shaped public policies, political actions and individual and collective decisions. In view of its historical high demand and the need for vibrant national and continental debates, the HSRC has decided to re-launch this authoritative publication from 2013.

BRICS Research Centre

The BRICS Research Centre (BRC) is an HSRC research unit dedicated to conducting, coordinating, facilitating and managing multidisciplinary BRICS-related policy research on behalf of the HSRC, ensuring that such research contributes towards policies for immediate, concrete impact on the strategic economic, social and geo-political policies of the country.

Africa in Focus

AIF is a publication that aims to provide a platform for emerging African scholars to publish on new trends in African development from multi-disciplinary viewpoints, thereby contributing to overcome hegemonic barriers to African scholars in Western-dominated publishing world. The overall theme would focus on democracy and governance in Africa. The HSRC and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) have agreed to co-publish Africa in Focus in future.