Research Symposium supports radical city transformation

The HSRC co-hosted the 2017 annual eThekwini-Academic Research Symposium with the city’s Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE). The event is aimed at providing a common platform for city practitioners and academic partners to engage on key thematic areas that could respond to the transformation agenda of the city under the broad theme, Strengthening Research Collaboration to Support Radical City Transformation. The theme proved popular, attracting close to 200 delegates representing city practitioners and academic partners.

The symposium was structured around three core focal areas including Economic Transformation: Accelerating transformation at the city level; Transformative Governance: Strengthening partnerships and Changing Spaces: Towards transforming cities as safe and liveable spaces.

The annual research symposium was held at the Durban Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 1-2 June 2017 and was officially opened by the Municipality’s Mayor, Councillor Zandile Gumede.

On the first day of the conference the HSRC as co-host of this year’s symposium and the Vice-Chancellors of the universities form part of the academic partners, participated in a closed breakfast meeting with the Mayor. This provided a forum for those present to raise critical issues around research and the university sector and the role they can play in the city.

Shirin Motala of the HSRC’s Economic Performance and Development (EPD) research programme was the Programme Director of the opening session and HSRC CEO Prof Crain Soudien presented the message of support. HSRC researchers presented papers in various sessions during the symposium.