Research has an increasingly active role to play in DFID’s efforts to
reduce poverty at the country level. However, the in-country research
landscape that DFID operates in is often little understood. In response,
DFID has published series of research mapping studies in India,
Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. Building on the experience of
research mapping in South Asia, this project has provided the
opportunity to design and commission a similar mapping exercise in South
This report is presented in two parts: Part I
includes a mapping exercise that describes and analyses the social
science research landscape in South Africa. Part II presents an analysis of the political economy of the
commissioning, undertaking and dissemination of research in South Africa
to address gaps in knowledge production. The study focuses on social
science research and evaluation with a closer assessment of the health
and environment/climate sectors. An Executive Summary is also available.
A key product of the project is a database of
prominent research centres working within the social sciences and
evaluation, health and climate and environment.
Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST). Mapping Social Sciences Research in South Africa. Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa (2014) 87 + 64 pp.