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Centre for Transformative Research

Coordinator: Dr. Fay Hodza, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies Faculty of Social and Health Sciences.
Email: fay.hodza@iiemsa.co.za
Phone: 011 950 4302

Introduction

The Centre for Transformative Research (CTR) is an interdisciplinary research hub at IIE MSA that was established in October 2015. It is a subcommittee of the campus-wide Research and Development Committee and works closely with the Faculty Research Committees. The aim of the CTR is to promote collaborative, innovative and impactful research in the five strategic IIE MSA focus areas of innovation and technology, broadening the economic base, health and wellbeing, competent state, education, the environment and sustainability. Research conducted within the Centre distinguishes it as a centre of excellence producing thought leaders and an expert voice in policy-making, within the five focus areas.

Vision

To improve the human condition.

Mission

The CTR aims to become a nationally and internationally known interdisciplinary research node focused on transformative research within the six focus areas of innovation and technology, broadening the economic base, health and wellbeing, competent state, education, the environment and sustainability.

Goal

Grow the research and thought leadership role at IIE MSA.

Objectives

The objectives of the CTR are to:

  • Engage in research that address challenges and needs of the continent related to quality of life.
  • Solidify and develop research strengths in the identified focus areas.
  • Establish a network of relevant partners regionally, nationally and internationally to facilitate pertinent research in the identified focus areas.
  • Contribute to and engage the local, national and international community in debates and policy-making initiatives.
  • Generate external project funding through collaborative grant applications and contract research.
  • Develop research capacity through skills transference and collaborative work.

Knowledge Café Dates and Topics: Semester 1, 2019

Time: 1-2 pm (every 3rd Thursday of every month)

 

Date Presenter
28 March Tatiana Mengsen: Criminalising Racism: How did Twitter React?
18 April Sven Botha: From National Political Islam to Regional Political Islam: Evaluating Boko Haram’s transformation using ideological, tactical and intergroup dynamics.
13 June Debbie Lees: The Use of Narratives as a Means to Investigate First Year Students Identity Construction.