Dr Gregory Houston

DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 5520
EMAIL: ghouston@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Gregory Houston is a chief research specialist at the HSRC and holds an MA in political studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and a PhD in political science from the University of Natal.

Dr Houston has authored The National Liberation Struggle in South Africa: A case study of the United Democratic front, 1983-87 (Ashgate, Aldershot, 1999) and co-edited Public Participation in Democratic Governance in South Africa (HSRC, Pretoria, 2001). He has over 14-years? experience managing huge projects, and was seconded as executive director to the South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) until his return to the HSRC in January 2010. SADET was a project trust set up after President Thabo Mbeki indicated concern about the paucity of historical research into South Africa's complex and arduous road to democracy after many years of conflict. The mission of the trust was to conduct research into South Africa's political history since 1960, concluding with the negotiation process. Six volumes of The Road to Democracy in South Africa (Volume 1, 1960-1970, Zebra Press, Cape Town, 2004; Volume 2, 1970-1980, UNISA Press, Pretoria, 2006; Volume 3, International Solidarity, UNISA Press, Pretoria, 2008; Volume 4, 1980-1990, UNISA Press, Pretoria, 2010; Volume 5, African Solidarity, UNISA Press, Pretoria, 2013; and Volume 6, 1990-1996, UNISA Press, 2013) have already been published by SADET, and Dr Houston has contributed chapters to five of the six volumes, and served on the editorial committee for four of them.

His most recent tasks include leading in a project on the History of Traditional Leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, a member of the team of writers that drafted the final Report of the Presidential Review Commission on State-Owned Enterprises, and leading a project on the National Liberation Heritage Route and Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the South African liberation struggle. His most recent publication is, with James Ngculu, Voices of Liberation: Chris Hani, HSRC Press, Cape Town, 2014.


State of Social Cohesion and Nation-building in South Africa

The primary objective of this project is to prepare the draft and final reports for the Working Group on social cohesion and nation-building. A draft ....

African Peer Preview Mechanism - APRM

To develop a methodology for conducting a Preliminary Review mission in Kenya; To help pilot the methodology in the Preliminary Mission; To conduct t....

Governance Index Implementation Plan

The HSRC seeks to develop a Good Governance Index for South Africa that would operate as a policy monitoring instrument and a tool for generating evid....

Cities Support Programme

Background: The CSP is an initiative of National Treasury in collaboration with key government departments to address spatial inequalities and dev....

Unsung Heroes & Heroines of the Liberation Struggle

The areas of research focus are: The identification and development of narratives around liberation heritage sites and the identification and recordin....

HSRC CASS Project: Chinese Presence in South Africa & South African Presence in China: Phase II

In 2011 an HSRC research team collaborated with a CASS research team on the first phase of a project on Chinese in South Africa/South Africans in Chin....