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.

Download Video: MP4 (233MB) / webm (258MB)

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).

    Peter Navario graduates with doctorate on a novel model to boost routine HIV care and treatment

    ASRU fellow Peter Navario has graduated with a doctorate titled "Implementation of a novel model to boost routine HIV care and treatment capacity in South Africa: outcomes, costs, and cost-effectiveness". In the photo he is seen with Director of ASRU, Prof Nicoli Nattrass, who was also his supervisor. Details on the research is provided below.

    Implementation of a novel model to boost routine HIV care and treatment capacity in South Africa: outcomes, costs, and cost-effectiveness

    Introduction This research evaluated a novel public-private partnership (PPP) between the provincial department of health, an NGO, and a local private sector general practitioner (GP)  network, which provides routine HIV care and treatment to public sector patients in order to alleviate the patient burden at public sector primary care clinics.

    Princeton-CSSR workshop on State-Building in Africa

    The CSSR hosted a two-day workshop on 7-8 May as part of a Princeton-based series of workshops on state-building in the developing world. Participants from Princeton included Atul Kohli, Miguel Centeno and Deborah Yashar. Jeremy Seekings was the local host, and Bob Mattes and Mike Morris presented papers on aspects of the South African state.
    Other participants included Mike Bratton, Raufu Mustapha, Thandika Mkandawire, Antoinette Handley, Deborah Posel and Peter Lewis.

    The DARU Stand for Africa Day 25 May 2010

    Prof J.D. Barkan, Dr S. Fikeni, Prof K. Prah, Prof R. Mattes, and Prof T. NhlapoThe Centre for Social Science Research/Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU) stand was easily identified by large posters illustrating the work done in the three areas of DARU research on the continent. Research findings from the African Legislatures Project, the Afrobarometer and the Aids and Governance Research Project and a selection of working papers were available for visitors to look at and take away.

    Co-principal investigators for the African Legislatures Project Prof Bob Mattes and Prof Joel D. Barkan took part in an exciting and well attended Panel Discussion with Dr Somadoda Fikeni and Prof Kwesi Prah, chaired by DVC Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo, on The State of Democracy in Africa: Advance or Retreat?

    Prof Barkan’s presentation included preliminary findings from the African Legislatures Project 20-country study, and Prof Mattes spoke about findings on how Africans view democracy.

    Study in the CSSR, see the world!

    Watson InstituteStudy in the CSSR, see the world!  CSSR students will be travelling widely over coming months. Singumbe Muyeba and Carlos Shenge have fully-funded places on a summer school in June at Brown University, in the USA, on "Development and Inequality in the Global South". The CSSR is one of the international partners of Brown University's Watson Institute, and we look forward to sending many more students to Brown in future.

    Kai Thaler and Rutendo Murambiwa have fully-funded places on a summer school to be held in July in Olympia, in Greece, on research methods in the study of conflict. The summer school is supported by the "Microcon" research consortium on the microfoundations of violent conflict, in which the CSSR is a partner.

    Finally, Ed Grebe has followed in the footsteps of previous CSSR-based students Brendan Maughan-Brown and Colin Almeleh in winning a prestigious Fox Fellowship, allowing him to spend the 2010-11 academic year at Yale University in the USA. Congratulations to all five of our students!

    CSSR Research Podcast launched

    We are pleased to announce the release of the first episode of the CSSR Research Podcast series. This episode is in audio only (MP3 and OGG/Vorbis formats), but we plan to include videos in future. You can download the audio files manually or subscribe by pasting the URLs given below into your podcasting client. 

    The first episode is a recording of a panel discussion titled What heals? Different approaches to medicine in South Africa with Prof Paula Ensor (Dean: Humanities, University of Cape Town), Prof Nicoli Nattrass (Director: ASRU), Dr Deborah Posel (Institute for Humanities in Africa) and Mr Nathan Geffen (Author: Debunking Delusions and ASRU fellow).

    MP3 feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CSSRPodcastMP3 or subscribe in iTunes.

    OGG feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CSSRPodcastOGG

    ALP Lesotho Research Associates meet in Maseru

    ALP Research Associates in MaseruALP Research Associates in MaseruIn October 2009, ALP Lesotho Research Associates met for a five-day ALP Induction and Orientation workshop led by Tim Hughes (ALP Lesotho co-Manager) and Kimberly Smiddy (ALP Senior Research Associate) at the Black Swan Lodge in Maseru, Lesotho. Thabo Mosoeunyane, Setsabi Setsabi, Seroala Tsoeu-Ntokoane and Maseqobela Mohale are conducting ALP research in Lesotho with Prof.