Dr Stephen Patrick Rule

DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 8060
EMAIL: srule@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Stephen Rule is a research director in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division. He holds an MA in Population Geography (University of Natal 1988) and a Ph.D. in Political Geography (University of the Witwatersrand 1996). He specialises in social and political surveys, data analysis, migration dynamics, religious and educational issues, and project monitoring and evaluation.

Experience and special projects: He has previously worked in the RIA (2016-19), SAMM (2003-5) and D&G (1999-2001) programmes of the HSRC. His recent projects have included an impact evaluation of the SA National Health and Nutrition Examination survey; a study of household and commercial adaptation to the Western Cape drought; stakeholder satisfaction surveys for the Parliament of SA; surveys of school readiness to re-open during the Covid-19 pandemic; and national online surveys to determine public response to and experience of the Covid-19 lockdown. He has also managed an independent research consultancy (Outsourced Insight); served as a research director in the Ministry of Social Development; a research specialist in the Community Agency for Social Enquiry; and lectured in Geographical Sciences at Vista University, Soweto (now part of UJ) from 1986 to 1996. He previously served on the Boards of the National Development Agency and the SA Monitoring and Evaluation Association. During the past decade he has mostly conducted policy-orientated research on issues in education, financial literacy, youth development, religion, migration, gambling behaviour and urban settlements.

Publications: Dr Rule has published 26 scientific articles in local or international peer-reviewed academic journals, 47 research reports, 15 book chapters and 6 academic or school textbooks, including `Electoral territoriality in southern Africa? (Ashgate, 2000), `The social impact of gambling in South Africa? (with C. Sibanyoni, HSRC, 2000) and `South African social attitudes: changing times, diverse voices (co-edited with U. Pillay & B. Roberts, HSRC, 2006). He has presented more than 30 papers at local or international conferences.