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 Director within the Impact and Research Development division within the HSRC. He holds an MA in Population Geography at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), and obtained a PhD in Political Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand (date: 1996).

Before re-joining the HSRC in April 2016, he worked as an independent policy research consultant for 11 years. From 2011-14, he was a member of the Board of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association. Previously, he has been a manager and director of surveys at the HSRC (1999-2001 & 2003-5); a research director in the Ministry of Social Development (2002-3); and chairman of the research committee of the National Development Agency (2003-7). From 1986-96 he lectured in urban and political geography at Vista University, Soweto (now part of University of Johannesburg).

His areas of research experience and interest include: election dynamics; educational, developmental, religious, political and financial issues, involving large-scale representative sample surveys and qualitative methodologies throughout Africa.

Dr Rule's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of over 50 publications, including journal articles, books and book chapters, research reports and conference papers. His most recent work includes 3 articles in the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, and a chapter about Calvinia in Small town geographies in Africa.

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