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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@monash.edu
Phone: 011 950 4302

Introduction

The Centre for Transformative Research (CTR) is an interdisciplinary research hub at Monash South Africa (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 Monash South Africa 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 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: 2018

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

DatePresenter
22 MarchCharles Villet: A postcolonial theory of recognition: The ethico-political task of mutual recognition beyond Apartheid.
19 AprilKelly Olls: Television and Jung’s take on Evil.
24 MaySven Botha: The failure of counter terrorism in Africa: Could the enhancement and application of soft power remedy the situation?
14 JuneJohann Smith: Hybrid Teaching and learning.
2 AugustProf. A. Louw: Governance for innovation in Africa, a concept.
26 AugustLaurence Caromba: Determinants of South Africa’s Foreign Policy Strategy in Cyber Space.
20 SeptemberBusani Masiri, Marius Claassen, & Bimo Nkhata: Chasing Legitimacy: The role of Green Infrastructure towards Strengthening Urban Resilience from a Water Management Perspective

 

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