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.

Our Projects and Data

The Collaborative HIV/AIDS and Adolescent Mental Health Project 

The HIV and Alcohol Prevention in Schools

Raising visibility : WSW, LBT communities experiences in HIV and AIDS 

HIV and Sexual Risk in African MSM in South African townships

Non-conforming gender identities 

A baseline study on the situation of families in Mpumalanga

Find out more about the Human and Social Development Department.

Contact details: +27(0)12 302 2206