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Head of Department: Associate Professor David Cooper

Departmental Profile

The department has a team of active researchers with growing clusters of research groupings formed around staff members and their Master’s and PhD students. During the past few years a range of peer-reviewed journal articles but also a considerable number of books, research and consultancy reports, and public articles and presentations in the arena of national and local debate have been produced.

Research projects currently underway or recently completed in the Department, most with a South African and comparative focus, include work on: land tenure reform and traditional authorities; development of social movements; workers' experiences of recent social change in South Africa; health policies and medical facilities with particular orientation to the HIV/Aids pandemic; democracy and inequality in comparative perspective; industrial restructuring, unemployment, skills development and job creation; export agriculture and globalization; "race", identity and diversity in South Africa; diversity management; dynamics of corporate culture and managerial identity; organizational transformation; higher education transformation and research development; pedagogics in higher education; urbanisation, social dynamics and inequality; the nature of sociology; issues in social research methods; globalization, it’s meaning and impacts.

Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza’s NRF Research Chair is now in its fouth year of research activity and development. Professor Jeremy Seekings continues to serve as co-editor of the “International Journal of Urban and Regional Research” published in Oxford; as does A/Professor Melissa Steyn, as an associate editor of the “Journal of International and Intercultural Communication”.


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