Social sciences and humanities R&D expenditure and performance in South Africa (2005/06 to 2014/15): Where to next?
Presenter: Dr Neo Molotja is Senior Research Specialist in the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators.
Chair: Dr Glenda Kruss, ED, CeSTII, HSRC

Date: 30 May 2017
Time: 12:15 for 12:30  - 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

The social sciences and humanities are widely understood to have a crucial role to play in addressing complex developmental and environmental issues, such as poverty, inequality or climate change. Building from the vision of the Charter for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2011), the establishment of the South African National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NISS) in 2013 has been part of a purposeful effort in South Africa to ensure research in the humanities and social sciences disciplines is advanced and coordinated. However, a very recent study performed by the University of KwaZulu-Natal for the Global Development Network has found that the “status of the social science research in the country is by and large not in an appreciable state and much deserves to be done for its enhancement” (GDN, 2016:89). Drawing from the latest data from the SA National Survey on Research & Experimental Development 2014/15, released on 12 April 2017, this seminar will address three key questions:
1.     What are the notable patterns of R&D expenditure in the humanities and social sciences changed over the past ten years?
2.     What are the drivers of R&D performance in humanities and social sciences related fields?
3.     In what ways can policy be geared toward the mission of advancing the humanities and social sciences in the context of the prioritisation of R&D expenditure and performance in the natural sciences and engineering?

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

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