ISER HYBRID SEMINAR - 28 Sept - Big Food, Fast Food and Proximity to Supermarkets
The ISER at Rhodes University invites you to join in on this fascinating research-based discussion of the growing dangers posed by the Fast-Foods industry on the health of South Africa’s majority and on the country’s public finances.
ISER Interdisciplinary Degree in Development Studies
The Institute of Social and Economic Development (ISER) at Rhodes University will co-ordinate an Interdisciplinary Honours Degree in Development Studies in the Faculty of Humanities .
ISER Hybrid Seminar 14 September 2023 - The Politics of Improving Learning in South Africa
The ISER invites you to join us in this seminar which provides a fresh perspective on South Africa’s educational quality challenges, aimed at contributing constructively to national education policy debates.
2023/24 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Call for the Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre (FEAHLC) Rhodes University & University of Pretoria
ISER Call for Post Docs
What is the FEAHLC
The FEAHLC is a Future Earth’s Science Leadership Centre in Africa. The leadership and administration staff of the centre are located at two universities, namely, Rhodes University and the University of Pretoria.
ISER HYBRID SEMINAR 8 AUG - Gender Mainstreaming in Kenya’s Trade Agreements: The AfCFTA
Given the background of general exclusion of women in the economy and the labour force in many African countries (OECD, 2018), the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) promises development that is inclusive and sustainable for women at national and international levels (African Union, 2021). But will the AfCFTA achieve this if enterprises are not able to take advantage of cross-border connectivity because of current challenges on the ground? Is the AfCFTA is effectively gender-mainstreamed?
Rhodes University and University of Pretoria to co-host the NRF’s Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre
Rhodes University, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, will host the Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre from 2023 to 2026.
Rhodes and UP to co-host the NRF’s Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre
Rhodes University in collaboration with the University of Pretoria will host the Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre from 2023 to 2026.
‘BORN FREE’ DREAMS: SOUTH AFRICAN TOWNSHIP YOUTH DISCUSS THEIR HOPES FOR A BETTER LIFE IN FUTURE
This Youth Day we’re looking forward to the publication of a new study conducted by Valerie Møller, Professor Emeritus in Quality of Life Studies at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University and Benjamin Roberts, Chief Research Specialist in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and ISER associate Dalindebo Zani
Recommendation: Practice living your Better Future before it even exists! LET YOUR HOPES SHAPE YOUR FUTURE HAPPINESS
Having survived the Covid-19 pandemic, we are boldly future-oriented, and societies worldwide are seeking to address the many problems facing the planet and the world’s population that have been neglected during the past few years.
For the 2023 Youth Day, the ISER highlights its new study on Youth and Hopelessness in a South African township of Makhanda that was conducted recently in collaboration with the HSRC.
A discussion of the study will be broadcast on: SABC News Channel 404, 16 June 2023 at 14h00
ISER - Data Analysis Training Workshop Using MS Excel - 26 - 28 June 2023
ISER - Data Analysis Training Workshop Using MS Excel - 26 - 28 June 2023
FRIDAY BRIEFING | #LadyRussiagate: SA’s tipping point?
In February, the United States noted its concern with the South African government that a US-sanctioned Russian cargo ship, Lady R, had docked at a South African naval base for three days in December.
The US-SA relations crisis highlights long underlying ideological tensions - with potentially destructive economic outcomes for South Africa
At this point in history, and like many other developing countries, we in South Africa are at an ideological crossroads and are divided in terms of what to do going forward. The choices to be made are between remaining a part of the established Western democracies versus re-aligning ourselves with an emerging world order, initially spearheaded by China’s economic rise for the last thirty years
FRIDAY BRIEFING | Ukraine war: One year on and the ramifications for SA and the world
Ukraine war: One year on Thirteen months ago, few people would probably be able to pinpoint Ukraine on a map or tell you who the president of that country was.
Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha | SA should align its foreign policy with its economic posture. Here's why
The biggest way in which the war in Ukraine has affected South Africa's the economy has been through the energy crisis. Other economic effects could still be avoided but only by a sheer stroke of luck, argues Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha.
ISER Finalizes the WRC Project in the Western Cape
The ISER team travelled to the Western Cape to Finalaize the WRC Project.
ISER Post Doctoral Fellowship 2023
The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University is looking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow from January/February 2023.
Dr Reesha Kara's Graduation
On the 12th October 2022. Dr Reesha Kara of the ISER walks across the stage in a proud moment put together for the deferred 2020 and 2021 graduation ceremonies.
New study: strong leadership practices in schools drive improved performance Dr Dumisani Hompashe, Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University
At the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla in 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “We need a functional leadership and accountability system that involves the school management teams, the teachers, the representative councils of learners, the school governing bodies and the community at large.
Interdisciplinary Degree in Development Studies
The Institute of Social and Economic Development (ISER) at Rhodes University will co-ordinate an Interdisciplinary Honours Degree in Development Studies in the Faculty of Humanities
INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) AT RHODES UNIVERSITY - SEMINAR SERIES Leadership practices at SA schools: how do they drive performance?
Quality school leadership and management is an important determinant of quality teaching and learning, especially in low-resourced schools.
NEIL AGGETT LABOUR STUDIES UNIT (NALSU) Labour Studies Seminar Series, Rhodes University, South Africa.
THE PAPER: In 2016, 15% of the world's 240 million births were to never-married mothers. This global increase in non-marital fertility is characterized by variations across countries and regions. Levels of non-marital fertility in South Africa are far higher than the global average.
ISER Data Analysis Training Workshop 27- 29 June 2022
Training on basic Ms Excel functions, analysis of public-use data and interpretation of results for evidence-based decision-making.
The time may be ripe to imagine a new African dawn
On 25 May, Rhodes University joined the rest of the continent in the commemoration of Africa Day.
ISER INVITATION: New study on Sub-Saharan Africa’s wellbeing and prospects for happiness
Prominent quality of life researchers Valerie Møller, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University and Benjamin Roberts, Chief Research Specialist in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will discuss seminal research focused on youth wellbeing
The ANC-led government must take a moral and prudent stance against Vladimir Putin
The South African government’s hesitancy to react strongly and appropriately to Russia’s aggression on Ukraine is both morally questionable and economically imprudent.
ISER Data Analysis Training Workshop
The ISER hosted its first training workshop on data analysis at the end of 2021.
Open call - Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS) Chief Editor
The Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS), hosted at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, will be appointing a new Chief Editor to start in January 2022.
Developing future policy analysts - Rhodes ISER to offer new interdisciplinary degree
The Institute of Social and Economic Development (ISER) at Rhodes University will co-ordinate an Interdisciplinary Honours Degree in Development Studies in the Faculty of Humanities from 2022
INVITATION: The politics Of Knowledge Production In African Studies Colloquium
This Colloquium is hosted jointly by the African Humanities Programme (AHP) Book Series, the Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Cape Town, the Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS) and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS). It brings together a scholarly discussion of the politics of global knowledge production in African Studies with the practicalities of publishing, since this is where the asymmetries are sharpest and have real consequence. The Keynote Speakers are current Minister of Higher Education in South Africa, Dr Blade Nzimande, and former Minister of Tertiary Education in Ghana, Prof Kwesi Yankah.
’Quality of Life and Human Well-Being in sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects for Future Happiness Series: Human Well-Being Research and Policy Making
In these times of great mental health challenges, the ISER presents a newly published and important book resource that discusses issues of quality of life and human well-being in sub-Saharan Africa
Livestock production and marketing for small emerging farmers in South Africa and Kenya: comparative lessons - C. N. Mbatha
Many studies identify issues including, limited access to markets and capital, lack of technical and marketing skills, among the important explanations of why projects to develop small
Echoes of the 80s: How today’s unrest sparked by factional battles can erupt into another civil war
While grappling with the global Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa is also going through a sociopolitical and economic nightmare.
INVITATION - Embedding Inclusive Education in Teacher Professional Development in South Africa
Dear colleagues, Professor Yusuf Sayed, visiting professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, has worked with universities across South Africa to produce an evaluation report: ‘Embedding Inclusive Education in Teacher Professional Development in South Africa: An evaluation of the impact of the Teaching for All project’.
Rhodes ISER, ELRC and the WRC to develop participatory course strengthening co-learning in water security networks
The Water Research Commission (WRC) is leading a component of the GEF6 Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security Project (EI4WS) focused on developing strategies to support social learning, knowledge mediation and management for deepening capacities in existing organisations and networks to address issues in the water and biodiversity sectors.
EDWARD WEBSTER: ‘Uberisation’ takes us back to a regime without worker rights. The rise of platform capitalism allows companies to bypass labour laws
Some 36 years ago I invited onto the Wits campus the recently elected general secretary of the newly launched National Union of Mineworkers, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The concept of ‘home’ amidst the urban housing crisis
On Thursday, the 15th of April, Rhodes University Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) hosted a live webinar that focused on the meaning of ‘home’ in the context of the urban housing crisis. Chaired by ISER Director, Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha, the webinar saw close to 100 participants registered across the country.
Private sector involvement vital for successful Covid-19 vaccine roll-out
As Joe Biden steps into the US presidency, America has now surpassed 400 000 Covid-19 related deaths and mainstream news reports are that many locations are running low on vaccine supplies
The Uberisation of work: the challenge of regulating platform capitalism. A commentary
I am writing this comment in the wake of the very tight lockdown imposed on South Africa between 17th March and 30 April 2020 in response to COVID −19
Using Google data to measure the role of Big Food and fast food in South Africa’
Rhodes ISER visiting research fellow Steffen Otterbach conducted this innovative study with Rhodes University’s Professor Michael Rogan and other research colleagues. Their research findings should influence policy and practice in addressing one of South Africa’s major health issues – obesity.
Evaluation of the Teaching for All project guides inclusive education efforts
The British Council has launched a research report evaluating the impact of the Teaching for All project, focused on embedding inclusive education in teacher professional development in South Africa.
Lawrence Schlemmer – South African Pioneer of Social Indicators and Applied Quality of Life Research
We have Lawrence Schlemmer to thank for launching South Africa’s social indicator movement and applied quality-of-life studies on the African continent.
ISER welcomes its new Advisory Board
Rhodes University’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) is pleased and excited to welcome its newly appointed board members.
Active Ageing and quality of life: mitigating the impact of the pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe has put older people most at risk – physically, but also emotionally.
Seminal research by Rhodes-UCT researcher reveal that in South Africa, black women are carrying the biggest socio-economic burden of COVID-19 crisis
Following the announcement of the national lockdown by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, most workplaces were forced to halt all operations, leaving many South Africans without jobs.
Mid-high school certificate is a game changer for South Africa
Every year, more than 300,000 pupils drop out of South African schools after Grade 9. The average age at this level of schooling is 15 years old. Some of them aren’t academically prepared to progress to the next grade; some leave because of financial difficulties. Many of the pupils who leave school at that stage remain unemployed for years. Around half of the population under 25 years old is unemployed, in an economy that’s barely growing and lacks skilled workers.
Kenyan model shows how to support emerging farmers
Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha - Director of the ISER (Institute of Social and Economic Research) - outlines some key production and marketing strategies to help promote the economic sustainability of smallholder farmers, and therefore more successful land reform in South Africa.
Don’t expect a win: Expropriation has muddied the land reform field
The key challenges to fair and timeous land reform in this country include poorly implemented administrative processes, inadequate capacity and an astounding lack of government support, including financially, as illustrated by comparative fiscal budget allocations.
Digital farming platforms hold the key to success for SA's emerging farmers
Successfully implemented in Kenya and in East Africa in general, these link smallholders throughout the supply and marketing chain
ISER welcomes new Director, Prof Mbatha
Rhodes University’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) has welcomed its new Director, Professor Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha, who assumed duties last month