Research Use and Impact Assessment
We would like to invite journalists to attend an extraordinary two-day seminar on 30 June and 1 July during which the escalating number of community protests will be analysed and discussed. This will be of particular interest in view of the outbreak of violence in the Tshwane metropolitan area and the upcoming municipal elections.
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Edmore Marinda as a research director at the Research and Impact Assessment (RIA) unit effective 1 June 2016. He will head monitoring and evaluation in RIA.
The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is accepting nominations for New Members.
Rachel Adams, a senior researcher for Civil and Political Rights at the South African Human Rights Commission, has been appointed as a chief research specialist in the Research use and Impact Assessment (RIA) unit at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) from 1 May 2016.
Twenty one years after democracy, universities in South Africa are facing a renewed call for transformation, not only in terms of broadening access, but in terms of their orientations and institutional cultures, their curricula, and their research. The transformation debate is primarily framed in terms of race and language, in terms of whose knowledge is taught and how it is taught. The aim of this seminar is to open up another facet of the transformation agenda: who benefits from university knowledge and how?
In many areas ocean ecosystems are under stress. How can the ecological integrity of these areas be preserved and restored in light of a growing interest in the economic potential of sea-bed exploration, intensive fishing operations and increasing shipping activities? These are the issues explored recently at ‘the first conference of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on the blue economy,’ attended by high-level officials and ministers of countries bordering the Indian Ocean. Ina van der Linde reports.
“Why is there no female heading up COSATU?” asked Zuziwe Khuzwayo, a researcher from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC,) who looked at the role of women in the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU).
It's not often that a scientific conference trends on Twitter, but that's exactly what happened this past weekend when the world's social scientists gathered in Durban for the World Social Sciences Forum (WSSF) 2015 and the hashtag WSSF2015 hovered around third position in the South African 'twittersphere'.
Recent publications from HSRC Press up to March 2015 include the very seminal Congress Movement (in three volumes), Ethical Quandaries in Research, Rogue State and Beyond Benchmarks (TIMSS Report).
The benefits to be derived from essential interventions to improve nutrition and care in the first 1,000 days are well known. Recommendations for action are provided in reports by the three inter-ministerial committees on maternal and child health: NCCEMD, National Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committee (NaPeMMCo) and Committee on Morbidity and Mortality in Children under-five years – CoMMiC. However, many of these recommendations have not been adequately implemented, and South Africa continues to struggle with the quality of care