• Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker (University of Birmingham) presents seminar at CRHED
    Prof Bathmaker presented an engaging seminar entitled ‘Pathways to social mobility – investing in the future? Moving through HE and into employment’.
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    ESRC-DfID ‘Miratho’ Project off to an exciting start
    The Miratho Project team spent three weeks working together in March 2017, including two weeks of fieldwork in rural areas across South Africa.
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  • Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
    Enabling Success Project celebration and book launch
    Students participating in Prof Merridy Wilson-Strydom’s NRF Thuthuka-funded project were excited to launch their book entitled ‘In Our Own Words’ on 18 March 2017.
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    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
    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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