PhD student Carlos Shenga has won the 2012 UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award! The Award covers generous tuition and research expenses.
The doctoral research award is part of a joint undertaking by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the UN University for Peace (UPEACE) to develop an evidence-based, strong research capacity in Africa on critical issues of governance and security.
Congratulations to Carlos!
The South African edition of The AIDS Conspiracy: Science fights back, ASRU director Prof Nicoli Nattrass's latest book, will be launched on 30 May 2012 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. The author will be in conversation with Nathan Geffen, ASRU fellow and treasurer of the Treatment Action Campaign.
Prof Jeremy Seekings, director of the CSSR, will be speaking at DataFirst's "roadshow" for social scientists next Friday about opportunities for social scientists at UCT to analyse the CSSR's Cape Area Panel Study dataset. DataFirst will also demonstrate their online data portal and explain how to access support on data and analysis for your research. All CSSR researchers and students are encouraged to attend. The event is open to all.
11 May 2012
12:00 - 13:00
LS2B, Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus
Prof Martin Wittenberg (Director: DataFirst)
Prof Jeremy Seekings (Director: CSSR)
Eduard Grebe (DataFirst Upper Campus support officer)
ASRU PhD student Eduard Grebe last week presented research results and reflections on the state of global AIDS advocacy at two events in Switzerland. On 17 April he presented a paper titled "The challenge of transnational prevention and treatment advocacy in an era of resource constraints and shifting global priorities: Reflections from South Africa" at the 2012 aidsfocus.ch conference in Berne under the theme "HIV, AIDS and Advocacy. Bringing about change in policies and practice". His comments focused on the challenges faced by the treatment access movement in the face of a backlash against AIDS-specific funding, a severely constrained financial environment (with industrialised countries reducing their contributions to global AIDS efforts), turmoil at the Global Fund and a shift in attention to other challenges like climate change.
On 19 April he presented a paper titled "The Treatment Action Campaign's struggle for AIDS treatment in South Africa" to the Etnologisches Seminar Basel at the University of Basel, in which he drew on his PhD research and joint work with Nicoli Nattrass to demonstrate the movement's effectiveness at the political and community levels, as well as its "political repertoire" and style of organisation.
Prof Robert Mattes gave a presentation to a well attended Symposium for Civil Society on Recent Research on African Legislatures: Namibia in Comparative Perspective hosted by the Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID) in Windhoek on 30 March 2012. The ALP presentation was on Institutionalising Democracy in Africa? Assessing the State of Legislatures. Presentations made by Namibian NGOs included: Democracy Report – analysing, monitoring and supporting the work of Namibia’s parliament, by Graham Hopwood from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) and The Influence of Non-Governmental Organisations on the Parliamentary Law-Making process in Namibia, by Theunis Keulder of Namibia Institute for Democracy.
Prof Robert Mattes, Director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit, recently participated in a panel discussion on "Multiple Meanings of Democracy: Citizen Voices from Across the World" in Bangalore, India. The symposium was organised by the Centre for Research in Social Science Education of Jain University, Centre for Public Policy, IIM-B, Institute of Contemporary Studies, Bangalore.
The programme of CSSR seminars for the first semster has been released. You can read it below or download the programme in PDF format.
All seminars start promptly at 13:00. Lunch is usually available from 12:40.
Venue: CSSR Seminar Room, R4.29, Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus
Duncan Pieterse (Economics/CSSR)
Exposure to violence and educational outcomes in Cape Town
Zöe Gauld (Sociology/CSSR)
Multi-dimensional approaches to affirmative action in university admissions
Nicoli Nattrass (Economics/CSSR)
Socioeconomic, biological and behavioural correlates of HIV status among young Black South Africans in Cape Town, South Africa
It reports on our main research and teaching initiatives, including
- The expansion of the CSSR with new appointments (including those of Prof Rajen Govender and Dr Pedro Wolf);
- An extraordinary number of graduations by Masters and Doctoral scholarship students from the CSSR;
- The launch by DataFirst in partnership with the CSSR of a dedicated support service for humanities researchers using survey data in quantitative studies;
- The launch of new short courses to build capacity within the university community and in civil society, including a pilot course on quantitative methods in the analysis of public opinion data in collaboration with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation;
- A large number of working papers published by the CSSR and peer reviewed publications by CSSR researchers;
- And much more!
Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings lectured in a UCT Summer School course on "The Human Question". The first lecture in the series was given by Mark Solms of UCT's Psychology Department. His lecture, entitled "the animal mind within us", examined the neurological similarities and differences between the human brain and brains of other primates, mammals and vertebrates. Nicoli Nattrass followed, with a lecture on different conceptions of the human in economics. She drew on both classical economic theory and recent experimental research to show that conceptions of "homo economicus" neglect both non-rational aspects of economic behaviour and our social and cultural embeddedness. Jeremy Seekings examined the similarities between classical political theorists and contemporary primatologists in debates over the differences between chimpanzees and humans.
The CSSR reception has moved to new offices. At the end of August we completed repairs to a set of offices close to our existing offices, on the 4th floor of the Leslie Social Science Building on UCT's Upper Campus. The reception, run by Ms Kathy Forbes, has now moved to 4.89. The telephone number for the CSSR reception is still 021 650 4656. The CSSR's financial administration remains in the old offices (4.29).