The Relationship between Spatial Inequality and Attitudes in South Africa

STATUS: Completed
PROJECT LEADER:Roberts, BJ (Dr Benjamin)
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS: Govender, K (Ms Koshen), Magidimisha, H.H. (Ms Hope), Masilela, BST (Dr Temba)
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)

Abstract

This Pathfinder Research Project has been jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and is being undertaken collaboratively between researchers at the University of Oxford and the HSRC. By investigating whether citizens' attitudes to inequality in South Africa are associated with their experience of inequality at the local level, the study attempts to provide new insights into inequality in South Africa to support evidence-based policy making. The project is motivated by three pressing needs: first, the need to better understand the unequal spatial configuration of poverty and deprivation at small area level as a measure of people's lived experience of inequality; second, the need to better understand public attitudes towards inequality and towards policy options for redress; and, third, the need to explore whether people's attitudes are influenced by their lived experience of inequality.