Human resources for science and innovation refer to one of the main enablers in the science system – the future R&D capacity. One focus in this research line is on the academic pipeline and specifically the post-graduate pipeline (Masters and doctoral students). A second focus is on the careers of academics and scientists through the various stages from early-career academics (including post-doctoral fellows) through to becoming leading researchers and research leaders. A third (and related to the second focus) is on the mobility of South African (and African) scientists. The final focus area in this research line is on doctoral supervision- an area of scholarship which has emerged as being increasingly important in our understanding of the changes in doctoral education on the continent. This research line can thus be unpacked into four focus areas:

  • Analysis of the academic (post-graduate) pipeline (Pipeline)
  • Academic and scientific career studies: from early-career academics (including post-doctoral fellows) to leading researchers (Careers)
  • Studies of the mobility of scientists (Mobility)
  • Studies on doctoral supervision (Supervision)