This Focus Area specialises in the creation, development, management and evaluation of the transformational and social development roles and responsibilities of government, the business sector and communities in developing societies, thereby contributing significantly
towards social transformation within these societies. Through different modes of research, the mission is to render a meaningful contribution towards the improvement of a sustainable quality of life and transformation in South Africa and other African countries.
The Research Focus Area: Social Transformation encompasses the fields of public management, political science, history, sociology, philosophy, communication and social anthropology, thereby serving as a nexus where divergent disciplinary trajectories of social science converge.
The research programmes, along with their disciplinary foci, where applicable, are as follows:
- Public Administration (Public Management and Governance)
- Historical and Heritage Studies
- Philosophical Research
- Communication in Changing Contexts (Communication)
- Modernity and Coloniality
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
- Social Resilience, Change and Sustainability
A dedicated team of over 50 researchers, some of whom are located in different Schools and other business units, all contribute to the high level of research outputs generated from this Focus Area. Many of these researchers also lecture both at the undergraduate level and postgraduate level, and present professional training sessions.
Postgraduate support is provided to those students pursuing their postgraduate studies through any of the involved and/or contributing Schools and business units.
A number of qualifications and short courses are provided as a means to increase working knowledge and to provide individuals with the skills necessary to work in a dynamic and transforming world.