HSRC Press

HSRC Press publishes relevant and innovative research-based books with impact on South Africa, Africa and the world. Our books cover the social sciences and humanities in South Africa and Africa, and are peer-reviewed through an independent Editorial Board to ensure the highest quality content, and world-class research publications.

The purpose of HSRC Press is to share in the mandate and strategic planning of its parent body, HSRC, to stimulate public debate, and to serve as a knowledge hub to bridge the gap between research, policy and action, and place African-led research in a prominent position globally.  HSRC Press achieves this through publishing distinctive, impactful scholarly books that are recognizable globally.  HSRC Press also has a strong footprint in African countries through affiliations with organizations such as CODESRIA.  HSRC Press has grown to become the leading scholarly publisher in Africa and has a strong global presence, with direct sales representation on three continents and online representation worldwide through its open access digital platform, enabling it to effectively meet both its public purpose and business objectives.

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HSRC Press is tasked with the effective dissemination of the HSRC's research outputs through print and electronic media. It acts as a not-for-profit publisher, ensuring editorial integrity and managing the production of HSRC publications. To further our goal of dissemination, we actively seek collaboration with international publishers and book distributors.


HSRC Press top sellers 2012 (Southern Africa)

  1. Africa in Focus
  2. Inside Indian Indenture
  3. The Zuma Administration
  4. Every step of the way
  5. Capital cities in Africa
  6. The university in development
  7. Conceptions of social inquiry
  8. Fluid Rights
  9. Growing up in the new SA
  10. Poverty and policy in post apartheid SA

Key projects

HSRC Press has some exciting projects lined up including the launch in London in June 2012 of the new Voices of Liberation Series (London University Commonwealth Studies and Ruth First archive and digital library launch). See the first two publications in the series: