Dr Steven Lawrence Gordon

DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
TELEPHONE: 031 242 5412
EMAIL: sgordon@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Steven Gordon is a senior research specialist in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division. He holds an MA in Global Studies from The University of Freiburg (2007) and an MA in Population Studies in University of KwaZulu-Natal (2012). In addition, he holds a PhD in geography from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2017). He is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. His work has focused on intergroup relations, subjective wellbeing, prejudice formation and attitudes towards democracy..

Experience and special projects: Dr Gordon started his academic career at the Department of Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies (IOLS) Research Unit headed by Ari Sitas. He then spent three years as an academic during which time he taught industrial sociology at the undergraduate level at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He also conducted research for the Harry Gwala District Municipality on attitudes towards service delivery.After starting work at the HSRC, he joined the South African Attitudes Survey (SASAS) research team. He worked on the projects related to public opinion and how attitudes influence behaviour. Research subjects include financial literacy, voting participation, energy usage, environmentalism and homelessness. In addition, he has helped coordinate research HSRC projects for the following clients South African National Defense Force, Gauteng Premier, Open Society Foundation South Africa and Electoral Commission of South Africa. .

Dr Gordon has worked on issues related to quality of life, looking at human happiness for a range of partners including the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Polo Lionello Bonfanti. He received bursary funding from University of the Witwatersrand DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development..

Dr Gordon has published 31 scientific articles in both local and international peer-reviewed academic journals as well as 12 book chapters in edited volumes. He co-edited a book entitled ?Family Matters: Family Cohesion, Values and Wellbeing? which was published by Human Sciences Research Council Press in 2019. He has also presented more than twenty-two papers at both local and international conferences.

Recent

Limpopo 2020: Evaluating Armed Forces Day

The main aim of this study is to determine the impact of Armed Forces Day 2020. Armed Forces Day will be held in Limpopo on 21 February 2020 and a co....

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 ....

State of Youth in Gauteng

he purpose of the study is to conduct a desktop literature review and assessment of the state of youth in Gauteng to enable the Office of the Premier ....

Implementation of the Evaluation of the Integrated Justice System (IJS)

The study includes an analysis of challenges that the IJS has faced, and expects to face in its future execution of its mandate. This analysis will le....

Survey on Career Pathing and development of Women as part of promoting Gender Mainstreaming in the Electoral Commission of south Africa

Recent deliberations by the Commissioners of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) raised concerns that very few women apply for and /or are ....

Family Cohesion, Values and Strengthening in promoting Family well-being in South Africa

The broad objective of the study is to enhance knowledge of family-related dynamics, cohesiveness, orientations and preferences (hereafter referred to....

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....

State of the Nation

Between 2003 and 2008 the HSRC published its annual flagship publication State of the Nation. Taking the South African national agenda as its organisi....

South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

SASAS programme is longitudinal study that aims to chart and explain the interaction between the country's changing institutions, its political and ec....