NICHE RESEARCH AREAS
The TGSL operates four research niche areas which are closely linked to its three Programmes, which are MBA, MPA and MDEV. The established niche research areas are:
Land and Agrarian Reforms in Africa
The Land and Agrarian Reform focus is a multidisciplinary research niche whose interest is Land Reform, Social Protection and Integrated Development Planning broadly within the context of Development Planning and Management. Among others the following aspects receive attention through this niche:
- A review of land tenure, redistribution and restitution programmes in South Africa and in the continent – their impact on poverty and inequality;
- Integrated Development Planning (IDP), formulation, implementation and citizen participation.
Corporate Social Investment
South Africa is among the highest unequal societies of the world characterised of absolute poverty, high unemployment and abundance among the 1% rich individuals and corporates. The Corporate Social Investment niche has a social justice and redress interest on the re-investment and resource redistribution form wealthy corporates and individuals.
The niche research area explores theories, policies and practices in the area of municipal governance, local economic development and service delivery mechanisms. Among some of the niche’s interests are comparative local governance, local citizenship, local democracy, community cohesion and private public partnerships.