Human and Social Development

Fresh Insights That Cut Through Inequalities


The key strengths of the research programme are:

  • A strong focus on a high standard of relevant research using insights from the social sciences, including: psychology, sociology, gender studies, demography, cultural studies and anthropology.
  • A focus on increasing the impact of research findings so as to promote human and social development
  • Conceptual, theoretical and methodological rigour 
  • Significant capacity building and development of younger and emerging researchers
  • A commitment to research that will positively impact the quality of life of all South Africans and raise awareness of the critical national issues.