Face of CaracalThe SSU's mission is explore the social and institutional dimensions of economic development and the interaction between human society and the natural world. Focus areas include: winners and losers in South African economic growth and the interplay between ecological and economic concerns. The SSU was previously known as the Social Surveys Unit and still works on a number of survey pojects, including the Cape Area Panel Study.

Engagement with Karoo farmers
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 - 10:45

CSSR researchers reported back to three groups of Karoo farmers in mid-November. For several years, the Sustainable Societies Unit, headed by Beatrice Conradie, has been working closely with sheep-farmers, in association with UCT zoologists. The presentations at meetings in Lainsburg, Beaufort West and Prince Albert included PhD student Marine Drouilly's work on the diet of caracals and jackals and post-doc Marion Tafani's work on the diet of baboons.

Former president John Kufuor interviewed about Ghana's welfare reforms
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 - 18:00

As part of the LIWPR research project, Dr Eduard Grebe today interviewed His Excellency John A. Kufuor, President of Ghana from 2000 to 2008, about the substantial welfare reforms introduced during his term of office.

Farmers, farmworkers and conservation in the Karoo
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 - 23:45

SSU researchers have been busy in the Karoo. On June 13, a group of workers from Laingsburg spent the day in a workshop run by UCT Honours student Inge Conradie, assisted by PhD student Annabelle Wienand.

Workshop on Social Protection
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 - 00:00

Researchers and practitioners - including a team from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) - met for a workshop on Social Protection in Africa in the CSSR on 27-28 May.

New Research on Identification, Biometrics & Social Protection
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 - 10:00

The CSSR has received funding for a project on the uses of new technology in cash transfer programmes. Across Africa, governments, donors and NGOs are promoting cash transfer programs as effective means of poverty alleviation.

Fritz Schoon to spend a semester at Brown University
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 - 12:15

PhD student Fritz Schoon - whose PhD (in Sociology) is on the developmental state - has been invited to spend the Spring 2013 semester at Brown University in Providence in the USA.

Another student success
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 - 13:15

Kai Thaler has just been awarded a distinction for his Masters degree (by research only) on "Violence and Society in Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Singumbe Muyeba wins Fox Fellowship to Yale
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 - 10:15

Singumbe Muyeba, a PhD student in the CSSR and the Sociology Department, has won a prestigious Fox International Fellowship to spend a year at Yale University in the USA. Singumbe's doctoral research examines the consequences of home-ownership for low-income households in Cape Town and Lusaka (Zambia). He will be using the opportunity of a

Video podcast: launch of "Growing Up in the New South Africa: Childhood and adolescence in post-apartheid Cape Town"
Sun, 06 Feb 2011 - 01:30

You can view the launch of the book "Growing Up in the New South Africa: Childhood and Adolescence in

FF2010: International Year of Biodiversity
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 - 12:00

The 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

Jeremy Seekings interviewed at Yale University
Mon, 08 Feb 2010 - 02:15

rof Jeremy Seekings, director of the SSU, was recently interviewed on his research for "The MacMillan Report" of the MacMillan Center at Yale University.

Urban Studies School
Sat, 15 Aug 2009 - 02:45

Jeremy Seekings is co-convenor of the first Urban Studies School being held under the auspices of Research Committee 21 of the International Sociology Association and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research