2013

From Limited Government to Social Justice and Development: Progressive Constitutionalism in the Era of Globalisation

While Southern countries have largely failed to bring about a new international economic order, they have been more successful in shaping the international agenda in the field of human rights, from the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination to the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and its recent Protocol. … [Read more]

African Constitutionalism: Comparative Perspectives

The general focus is on examining critical issues affecting the promotion of constitutionalism in Africa from a comparative perspective. It will examine issues considered to be particularly problematic and how comparative African experiences could influence present and future developments. Specific issues that will be dealt with include: stimulating interest in the importance of comparative constitutional … [Read more]

Social organising and criminal cooperation

This research draws upon a general theoretical interest in organisation outside of organisations paired with an ambition to better understand the formation of criminal organising or cooperation. While organisational theory has a lot to say about formal organisation, it is less informed about organising as a process, and it has very little to say about … [Read more]

Being South African: Moving Beyond Race

This project is about South African identity and the key question to be answered would be: what does it mean to be South African as opposed to a white, coloured, African or Indian South African? My methodology here will be to interview a cross-section of South Africans on the topic and to intersperse their comments … [Read more]

Flexibly-bounded Rationality and Marginalisation of Irrationality Theories for Decision Making

In this study the theory of flexibly-bounded rationality which is an extension to the theory of bounded rationality is studied. Rational decision making involves using information which is almost always imperfect and incomplete together with some intelligent machine which if it is a human being is inconsistent to make decisions. In bounded rationality, this decision … [Read more]

mHealth for Burn Diagnostic and Care in South Africa

In resource-poor settings, poor and marginalised populations have little access to burn injury emergency care, which is crucial to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes. The mHealth system developed in this project can safeguard timely and equitable access to high quality care in acute injury situations. Visual and textual information can be captured via a … [Read more]

Constitutional protection of economic and social rights in South Africa

This proposal forms part of a larger project on economic and social rights in general, and the right to housing in particular. Some jurisdictions are reticent about affording constitutional or even legislative protection to such rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, for example, entrenches civil and political rights in the Constitution, but is … [Read more]

Revised edition of the book “Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms”

A second edition of the book (entitled “Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms. The molecular bases of periodic and chaotic behaviour”, published by Cambridge University Press in 1996, and in paperback edition in 1997, will be prepared. The book is devoted to the study of the molecular bases of cellular rhythms by means of mathematical models … [Read more]

South Africa in the Region. Gateway or Gatekeeper?

The main purpose of this project is to analyse South Africa’s Foreign Policy towards its own region and towards Latin America (Brazil and Argentina) on a comparative basis and to discuss its role as a regional-middle-emerging power: Leadership? Bandwagoning? Follower? Gateway or Gatekeeper? Africa and South Africa are nowadays more attractive than in the past, … [Read more]

How did Homo sapiens become Homo docens? On the evolution of social learning and teaching during the Paleolithic

The purpose of the project is to analyse why teaching has evolved only in the line leading to Homo sapiens. This will be done by combining theoretical models with an analysis of archaeological material, primarily material from South Africa. The theoretical part of the work views teaching and language as two forms of cooperation. Current research … [Read more]