SARChI

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DST/NRF SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH CHAIRS INITIATIVE (SARChI)

THE SOCIOLOGY OF LAND, ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Professor Cherryl Walker was awarded a DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair in the Sociology of Land, Environment and Sustainable Development from January 2016.  This research programme is an important research hub within the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. Its central concern  is to deepen our understanding of the complex web of social and environmental dynamics within which commitments to sustainable development based on social and environmental justice must be grounded, through an investigation of these issues in and through the Karoo region of South Africa in the first instance. Related concerns are to build social theory and contribute to appropriate policy development.

The research programme is committed to interdisciplinary work with a wide network of research partners and offers a range of postgraduate bursaries from Honours through to doctoral level to social science students whose individual research projects will contribute to its research agenda.

COSMOPOLITAN KAROO RESEARCH FORUM

This weekly Forum offers a collegial space for reflections on conceptual, empirical and comparative work related to the broad aims of the project. The programme inolves  a mix of presentations on current research by team members or invited external speakers, along with regular reading groups, writing workshops and discussions on research-related issues. It meets in the Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology on a Thursday afternoon from 3 – 5 p.m. and is open to all interested persons.

FELLOWSHIPS AND POSTGRADUATE BURSARIES

Information about postdoctoral fellowships and postgraduate bursaries attached to the research programme are available on the Research Chair’s website  or from Prof Walker.

For more information on the Research Chair, its active research programme, and opportunities for postgraduate students please visit its website:

http://cosmopolitankaroo.co.za/

You may also contact Prof Walker at cjwalker@sun.ac.za .