Rebecca Hodes presents research in Frankfurt

Rebecca Hodes, Deputy Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit, presented her research at a roundtable discussion of policy makers and international development partners in Frankfurt last week.
The research, which focuses on the emergence of the civil society and legal advocacy coalition which formed to influence the reform of sexual offences laws in South Africa, was conducted under the aegis of the Developmental Leadership Program (a research initiative of the World Bank).
The paper is entitled, 'Structure and Agency in the Politics of a Women's Rights Coalition in South Africa: The Making of the Sexual Offences Act'. It can be accessed here. It is co-authored with Jennifer Thorpe and Orly Stern.

Video podcast: launch of "Growing Up in the New South Africa: Childhood and adolescence in post-apartheid Cape Town"

You can view the launch of the book "Growing Up in the New South Africa: Childhood and Adolescence in post-apartheid Cape Town" by Rachel Bray, Imke Gooskens, Sue Moses, Lauren Kahn and Jeremy Seekings below or download it in your podcast client.

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Citizen Surveys is looking for an experienced Researcher

Citizen Surveys is a full-service research consultancy. They work with a large selection of clients including private sector companies, government departments, academic institutions and donor organizations.

Citizen Surveys seeks an experienced researcher to join the team. More information on the position is attached below.

Afrobarometer Summer School

A small number of seats are still available for UCT students to participate in the forthcoming Afrobarometer Summer School, 22 November to 17 December.

Participants will take a small number of intensive modules that will run for the first three weeks of the School.  The courses cover Social Statistics, Research Design, Presidents in Africa, Parties and Elections in Africa, Governance in Africa, and Ethnicity in Africa.  Using Afrobarometer data, participants will write an evidence based paper related to one of the substantive courses.  The fourth week of the Summer School will be devoted to finishing the paper, which will be presented publicly on the last day.

Anyone interested should send a cv and statement of interest to Professor Robert Mattes ( with a copy to Dadisai Tadera (

Essay selected specially for presentation at conference on global health politics

An essay written by Rebecca Hodes on ‘The challenges of upholding reproductive health rights in the time of HIV/AIDS’ has been selected for presentation at a roundtable discussion on Health Politics in an Interconnected World, to be held in Berlin from 1 – 6 December 2010. The roundtable will be hosted by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation, the Social Science Research Centre Berlin, and Humboldt University. 

Read the background paper to the conference here.

Read Rebecca’s essay here.

Launch of the Open Society Monitoring Index

Dr Max Price, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, and Ms Zohra DawoodThe Open Society Monitoring Index was launched at UCT on 12 August. The OSMI is a longitudinal research instrument developed by DARU in collaboration with the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. The index is designed to gauge the level of openness in South Africa. Openness in a society refers to the free flow of information, inclusive, accountable and responsive government institutions and the existence of the rule of law.

More about the launch, including podcasts, can be found here.

Position Available in the DataFirst Resource Centre

DataFirst is a Research Data Centre and training facility at the university, and offers a unique research support service to academics and students at the university to assist their analysis of national survey and census data.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for appointment to a full/part-time two year post as a Technical Officer in the unit, to commence duties immediately or at the latest by 1 January 2011. More than one part-time appointment could be made. Our ideal candidate should have excellent statistical analysis skills as well as good communication skills.

Peter Navario and Nicoli Nattrass co-author a special report on the state of HIV/AIDS in South Africa with other experts

It is axiomatic that the global fight against HIV/AIDS cannot be won without a decisive victory in South Africa, home to 20 percent of all people living with HIV/AIDS. So how is South Africa doing? And what is the likelihood it will meet the demand for essential prevention and treatment interventions by 2015? On January 21 in Cape Town, Council on Foreign Relations Global Health Fellow and ASRU alamnus Dr Peter Navario convened a meeting of South Africa's foremost HIV/AIDS thinkers, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss the state of prevention and treatment at the epicenter of the epidemic. In this article, the experts weigh in on program gaps, the major challenges to achieving universal coverage of essential prevention and treatment interventions, and what it will take to surmount these challenges.

You can read the article here.

Presentations by ASRU researchers at AIDS2010

Three of the presentations by ASRU researchers at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna are now available online.

Prof Nattrass's participation in a panel titled "The Future of Universal Access" is available as a webcast:


ASRU researchers to present findings at the International AIDS Conference

From 18 to 23 July 2010, several ASRU researchers will be presenting findings to the international AIDS research community at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. Activities include:

  • Prof Nicoli Nattrass, ASRU director, will be a panelist in a session titled The Future of Universal Access, moderated by Mark Heywood of Section27. The other panelists are Kieran Daly of Canada, Peter Mugyenyi of Uganda and Robert Vitillo of Switzerland. The session will be held on Tuesday 20 July 14:30-16:00.
  • Prof Nattrass and ASRU PhD student Eduard Grebe will be exhibiting their poster titled Prevalence and determinants of AIDS conspiracy and AIDS denialist beliefs and implications for risky sexual behaviour among young adults in Cape Town, South Africa. The exhibition is on Tuesday 20 July 12:30-14:30. [More information will be made available once the conference embargo expires.]
  • Dr Rebecca Hodes, ASRU post-doctoral fellow and Anna Grimsrud of the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, UCT, will be exhibiting their poster titled Causes and Implications of the 2008/2009 Antiretroviral Moratorium in the Free State Province of South Africa. [More information will be made available once the conference embargo expires.]
  • Prof Nattrass and ASRU fellow Nathan Geffen will be presenting a joint talk on their respective books documenting the struggle against AIDS denialism in South Africa, Mortal Combat: AIDS denialism and the struggle for antiretrovirals in South Africa (UKZN Press, 2007) and Debunking Delusions: The Inside Story of the Treatment Action Campaign (Jacana, 2010). The talk will be held in the Community Dialogue Space on Wednesday 21 July 18:00-19:00 as part of the Red Ribbon Awards.

Essay by Rebecca Hodes shortlisted in competition by the Global Symposium on Health Systems

An essay by Rebecca Hodes, a post-doctoral fellow in the AIDS and Society Research Unit, has been shortlisted in a competition run by the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Hodes’s essay is titled ‘How health systems research championed South Africa’s roll-out of antiretroviral treatment’. It documents how health systems research helped to win the Treatment Action Campaign’s 2001 court case for public access to drugs for the prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.

Video Podcast: Ha-joon Chang on the developmental state

In the second episode of the CSSR Video Prodcast, we bring you a special seminar by Prof Ha-joon Chang (Cambridge University), titled "How to 'do' a developmental state: Political, organizational, and human resource requirements for the developmental state." Use the link in the sidebar to subscribe using your podcast software and download a high-quality version, or watch the video below.

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FF2010: International Year of Biodiversity

Beatrice ConradieThe 2010 Fynbos Forum Conference to be held in Citrusdal from 3 to 6 August celebrates the international year of biodiversity. The conference brings together all researchers working in fynbos to discuss invasive alien biology, resource utilization, education and outreach and environmental management strategies.

Two of Beatrice Conradie's papers have been accepted for the conference:

    Rebecca Hodes is one of 200 young South Africans

    Rebecca HodesRebecca Hodes was named one of the Mail and Guardian's '200 Young South Africans You Must Take Out For Lunch'. Hodes was selected due to her academic achievements, her work with the Treatment Action Campaign's research department, and her founding of the Students HIV/AIDS Resistance Campaign (the largest student-led HIV organisation in South Africa).