University-based Research Institutes

  • Centre for Analysis of Southern African Social Policy (CASASP), of the Oxford Institute of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, the centre aims to assist in the eradication of poverty and building of citizenship in South Africa through evidence-based social policy research and training, in partnership with the South African Government, academic institutions, and non-government agencies.
  • Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS), at the University of Johannesburg the mission of the Centre is to drive the development of viable and sustainable labour law and social security (protection) systems to address inequality and bring about social justice in the developing world, undertaking teaching and research in labour law and social security.
  • Centre for Social Development in Africa, at the Department of Social Work at the University of Johannesburg, aims to contribute to knowledge-building and debate through basic, applied and strategic research in social development and developmental welfare.
  • Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), research the CSP supports a global network of partners working to mainstream social protection in development policy and encourage social protection systems and instruments that are comprehensive, long-term, sustainable and pro-poor.
  • Centre for Social Research University Cape Town, interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cape Town conducting research and building capacity in the broad areas of democratization, development, poverty and public health in South Africa, the region and across Africa.
  • Children’s Institute-University of Cape Town, information to those who are advocating on behalf of children, and engages in own evidence-based advocacy, offers teaching and training, and presents evidence to guide the development of policies, laws and interventions for children.
  • Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, at the University of Western Cape, engages in research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa, with a particular emphasis on the key role of restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems.
  • Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP) University of Cape Town, within the Institute of Development and Labour Law of the University of Cape Town, this group undertakes research, from a socio-legal perspective, into a range of policy questions regarding labour relations and (more broadly) work, as well as regarding how enterprises operate.
  • LSE Research Centre on Global Health, at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, conducts research on the politics of how global health policies emerge in relation to developing societies and medical concerns that especially concern poorer and more vulnerable people.
  • Oxford Poverty Human Development Initiative (OPHI), economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, aiming to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multidimensional poverty.

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