2017

Opposition in African Politics: The Case of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya

This research examines the idea of opposition in African politics against the backdrop of problems inherent in the democratization process in contemporary Africa with a view to analyzing their dimensions and implications for the development of the continent and her peoples. Among issues to be addressed included the credibility of opposition parties in Africa as … [Read more]

Low cost nudges to patients to improve treatment adherence: do they work?

Universal health coverage and the growing burden of chronic illness are both at the top of the global health agenda. More effective coverage of prevention and treatment can lead not only to substantial gains in population health, but also to higher living standards and economic growth. Understanding why poor people tend not to adopt healthier … [Read more]

The Theory and Practice of Social Transformation through the Arts (Being Human Today theme)

The world over and across time, the arts remain vitally important in fostering resilience and creating channels for reconciliation after conflict. This unique initiative blends South African, Kenyan, US American and Canadian scholarship, creative work and wisdom to explore how the arts are optimally used and the best ways to gauge progress and success. Informed … [Read more]

Ubuntu commercial nests in African indigenous markets in Nairobi: alternative business model for an emerging ‘African metropolis’

This research proposes that there is an ‘African metropolis’ that has been struggling for space and ascendancy in the City of Nairobi. It is made of the slum, urbanized villages, self-developed urban fringes and the African indigenous markets. The four spaces are inextricably bound to each other. African markets concentrate capital and labour in the … [Read more]

Global Citizenship and the Practice of Being Human. South African Visions and the Legacy of the Enlightenment.

My proposed project addresses the idea of global citizenship and common humanity in South Africa today. These ideas were powerful in Enlightenment Europe,where they promised a new regime of justice in opposition to despotism, exploitation, and slavery. But they were also highly problematic,  since they tended to obscure cultural difference and impose European values on … [Read more]

Impact of sustainable intensification of food production on environment and human well-being

Africa, once considered the breadbasket of the world, is now strongly affected by problems with food insecurity and malnutrition. Steady increases in African populations coupled with ecosystem degradation, climate change, limited access to modern production technology, poor extension services coupled with poor infrastructure amongst other factors negatively influence food security in many countries. These factors … [Read more]

The Effects of Race

The STIAS Effects of Race project (EoR) project will address major gaps in our knowledge on race thinking and racialism. The project is informed by the need for further research and reflection on “race,” especially in the context of contesting visions for a democratic South Africa. EoR will catalyze innovative and imaginative approaches to ‘finding … [Read more]

Health transition and injury care and prevention

Apart from making important contributions to morbidity and mortality world-wide (WHO), injuries as a health problem have special characteristics (Byass et al. 2013). Some mechanisms of injury, such as falls, are closely linked to increasing population proportions of elderly people. Others occur less specifically – reflected in the profile of pedestrians involved in road traffic … [Read more]