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Research Projects

Current Research by the NALSU Team

In broad terms, Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) staff members are engaged in research at provincial, national and international level on the following: skills development, informal employment, social provisioning, workplace organisation, labour organisation, development planning, and the state. Their international engagements include work with WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising), the ILO (International Labour Organisation) and the GLU (Global Labour University). Their national engagements include work with the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council), DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training), DoL (Department of Labour), StatsSA (Statistics South Africa), the National Treasury, COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) and SAFTU (South African Federation of Trade Unions). Their provincial engagements include work with DEDEAT, ECSECC (Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council), the ECHRDC (Eastern Cape Human Resource Development Council). Their research draws on qualitative and quantitative research methods, and they are active in supporting the use of survey data in research, both through training and through support to the archiving and curation of South African survey data – the latter through membership of the External Advisory Board of DataFirst (based at the University of Cape Town). Access to international survey datasets is facilitated through membership of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) based at the University of Michigan in the United States. NALSU has also been instrumental in partnering with DataFirst to digitise the data gathered during the Keiskammahoek Rural Survey, which was a key survey undertaken by Rhodes University in the 1950s. It has also worked with the Rhodes University Library to acquire the Labour Research Service (LRS) archive and the Vuyisile Mini archive.

The NALSU team is engaged in a number of research projects, some of which have an organisational element. Our current research projects include the following:

  • Skills and the Labour Market 
    • New LMI
    • Destinations of TVET graduates
    • NSFAS
  • Labour History (In partnership with the Departments of History and Sociology and Industrial Sociology)
    • SAMWU History
    • The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union of Africa (ICU), 1919-2019: New Perspectives
    • Labour studies archives

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