• Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    CRHED staff publish two new books
    Two new books edited/written by CRHED staff and published by Palgrave MacMillan came out in early 2017.
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  • Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    CRHED team celebrates the start of the 2017 academic year
    CRHED was happy to start 2017 by welcoming two new post-doctoral fellows to the research group - Dr Vanessa Agbedahin and Dr Paul Munje.
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  • Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    Dr Mikateko Hoppener
    Dr Mikateko Höppener has been selected as one of 5 women to participate in a UK study tour as part of the British Council/ASSAf women in science fellowship"
  • Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    Professor Melanie Walker

    New book published by Prof Melanie Walker

  • Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    Women in Sciences and Technology
    Dr Mikateko Höppener hosted a science communication and engagement workshop sponsored by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Research Programme

‘BIG TICKET’ questions

How do we build a decent society, with human capabilities secured for all?

How should and how does education contribute?


Three themes underpin all our research projects, including postgraduate work:

  • Opportunities and functioning achievements of individuals and of groups, and in comparison with one another;

  •  Critical policy analysis; and

  • Key challenges to advancing human development and social justice.


  1. To generate a research-based understanding of higher education and its contributions to the human capabilities of diverse individuals, to human capital, and to the social good;

  2. To increase our understanding of transformative practices and policies, of inclusive processes across teaching, research and community, and of equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students; and

  3. To engage policy makers, professionals and higher education practitioners in the development implications of the research programme.

The centre and the research programme therefore:

  • Theorises, operationalises and critically analyses policy and practice, framed by concerns with justice, knowledge, diversity and solidarity;

  • Connects the processes and findings of research to practice, in order to advance public reasoning and dialogue;

  • Seeks to influence transformative change in education in South Africa, and contribute to reducing inequalities and poverty in society; and

  • Contributes to critical reflection on global development dynamics in ways which foreground human development.

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