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About our research

We are committed to playing a dynamic role in the future development of South Africa and our continent by being active knowledge creators, and through our integrated approach to research, innovation, teaching and learning.

We tailor our research mandate and capacity to support teaching and learning and grow new knowledge. This demands an innovative approach and an environment that supports creativity among academics and students.

About our research

MSA’s research themes relate to:

  • Growing the economy; this includes addressing poverty, unemployment, education, infrastructure and manufacturing
  • Health challenges
  • State capacity and its role in development, including social justice, inequality and leadership/governance
  • Sustainability – addressing energy, water, food security and environmental challenges
  • Growing through innovation and technology


Research theme

In order to enable a sharper focus and greater global reach, our research is directed by the following themes read more

Water research

The Water Research Node addresses the sub-Saharan African water and sanitation challenges. As the world’s poorest region read more


Insaka is an African-centred community of practice for management of social ecological systems. read more

Centre for Transformative Research

The aim of the CTR is to promote collaborative, innovative and impactful research read more