Thursday, 29 March 2018

Research Internships at HSRC 2018

The Human and Social Development (HSD) research programme of the HSRC seeks to appoint two research trainees (interns) at Masters level to start as soon as possible. The successful incumbents will be based in one of the HSD offices in the HSRC (Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria or Sweetwaters).

The internship experience is intensive, but rewarding. It is suited to a mature individual who is able to work in teams and independently. In order to develop research expertise, interns work with experts and project specialists.

Key Responsibilities:
In addition to completing their degrees, research trainees are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work on research projects and commit 60% of their time to HSRC project work. 

Among other duties, they will participate in the following research activities under supervision:
  • The conceptualisation and execution of research projects;
  • The formulation of research questions and funding proposals;
  • The submission of research proposals for ethical review;
  • Collection and analysis of data;
  • Write-up of research including conference presentations, research reports and manuscripts for publication; and
  • Assist with research administration and identity shape the trajectories of individuals, couples and families – over the life course. 
Our work acknowledges that to build a socially cohesive South African society requires an investigation of our divided history, marginal sexualities, moral values, and views regarding justice, equity, restitution, and reconciliation (including xenophobia). 

Our exciting mix of disciplines, theoretical and methodological rigour and innovation, drawn from anthropology, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, psychology and sociology allow us to produce evidence-based knowledge that helps to both promote understanding as well as develop interventions for individual and social change.

The work of the HSD programme is driven by a focus on two broad thematic areas viz., (1) Children, Youth and Communities, and (2) Families, Sexualities and Belonging. In each of these two broad themes we have a number of working groups led by senior researchers in the programme.

1. Children, Youth and Communities 2. Families, Sexualities and Belonging

  • Child and adolescent development in adversity
  • Youth in the global South
  • Community-based research as intervention 
  • Families and intergenerational relationships
  • Sexualities and gender in Africa
  • Belonging, citizenship and participation
These working groups are characterised by responsiveness to current national policy imperatives and draw on researcher’s existing expertise, encouraging collaboration across disciplines and geographies. Three key ideas permeate our work in HSD, and find expression in all working groups. These are our foci on the humanities, on diversity and a commitment to innovative methodologies. 

Our humanities perspective is historical, anthropological and philosophical with a strong emphasis on contemporary narratives and the role of fiction and music in cultural reproduction and identity-work. Our methodological focus aims to promote innovative modes of inquiry that are emancipatory and address the decolonial turn in society and academia. We also pay close attention to an intersectional analysis of diversity.


Job Closing Date 30/03/2018

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