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Lead: Dr Federica Duca

University of Johannesburg: Prof. Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Anthropology and Development Studies Department.

See also the Organisational and Institutional Studies programme which is currently closing out at Wits University.

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September 14, 2023

Research Workshop Seminar Series 2023

The Public Affairs Research Institute launches the second round of the workshop series to offer scholars, researchers and postgraduate students an opportunity to share their ongoing work, either by discussing…
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August 8, 2023

PARI signs an MoA with University of Johannesburg

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is excited to announce its affiliation with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to ground its academic programme. PARI and UJ have entered into a…
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June 27, 2023

Research Workshop Series 2023

Call for proposals for the second round of seminars A multidisciplinary approach to the study of the state and civil society in the African continent and beyond. The Public Affairs…
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June 2, 2023

Watch | Care and Basic Universal Electricity

18 May 2023 The third seminar in the Care Economy Series. Electricity is crucial to ease the burden of care provision. In Africa, as documented in The Africa Care Economy…
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May 2, 2023

Watch | Universal Healthcare in South Africa

20 April 2023 The second seminar in the Care Economy Series. The Africa Care Economy (ACE) Index elaborates socialised healthcare in its fifth metric, underlining that public healthcare is the…
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March 16, 2023

SA Launch of the Africa Care Economy Index

15 March 2023 The Africa Care Economy Index is presented by Dr Salimah Valiani, author of the Index and Research Associate at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship, University of…
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February 15, 2023

Seminar | The Privatised State

Chiara Cordelli, author of The Privatised State, will be presenting her book at the PARI seminar, followed by a discussion. The book was a focus of PARI's reading group in 2022. For…
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November 11, 2022

Research Seminar | Presentation 6

17 November 2022 14h00 – 15h30   Maputaland’s Ecosystem of Crime: The weight of history Presenter  : Clive Poultney Discussant : Constance Galeo Mogale Abstract The paper looks at the…
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November 2, 2022

Research Seminar Series | Presentation 5

10 November 2022 14h00 - 15h30   The making, unmaking and remaking of the public service – with case studies from the Covid19 pandemic. Presenter  : Lisa Seftel Discussant :  Alex…
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October 5, 2022

Research Seminar Series | Presentation 3

13 October 2022 14:00 -15:30 pm   Legislative Initiatives and Provisions on Traditional Leader’s Role in South Africa: Imperatives and Implications   Presenter  : Shimreisa Chahongnao Discussant : Dineo Skosana…
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September 21, 2022

Research Seminar Series | Presentation 2

29 September 2022 14h00 - 15h30 The people’s perspective of public participation in infrastructure and housing provision in South Africa: evidence from a factorial survey experiment   Presenter: Katrin Hofer…
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September 8, 2022

Research Seminar Series | Presentation 1

13 September 2022 14h00 - 15h30 Extractive industry indigenisation, unfulfilled pledges and mining-induced displacement vulnerabilities: The case of internally displaced persons in Arda Transau, Zimbabwe Presenter: Kennedy Manduna Discussant: Dr…
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August 31, 2022

Seminar Series | Researching State-Society Relations in Southern Africa

In September 2022, The Public Affairs Research Institute is launching a workshop series to offer scholars, researchers, and postgraduate students an opportunity to share their ongoing work, either by discussing…
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June 17, 2021

A New Call for Papers | Covid-19, States and Societies

After publishing the Covid-19, States and Societies Series online in 2020, with fascinating submissions from 14 countries, PARI now seeks academic papers (7000 words) to be published as a book…
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January 13, 2021

Covid-19, States and Societies | Social contracts around the world

Covid-19, States and Societies is a new series which presents texts from around the globe, detailing relationships between states and societies: how they have unfolded since the beginning of the…
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November 7, 2018

Workshop and Exhibition | Gated Communities and Townhouse Complexes

Gated Communities & Townhouse Complexes Workshop and Exhibition   In collaboration with IFAS (French Institute of South Africa) and LAVUE (Université Paris, Nanterre), PARI co-hosts a workshop on 14 November…
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April 16, 2018

Watch | Talking Democratization in Buenos Aires

Rethinking Democratization in Africa and Latin America, 19-23 March 2018, hosted by PARI and the New School, NY in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more about the conference HERE. Share: #DemocratizationBA…
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March 13, 2018

Talking Democratization in Buenos Aires

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February 21, 2018

Seminar | Joel Hellman on State Capture

This Friday 23 February, PARI is delighted to host a seminar  on state capture with Professor Joel S. Hellman from 13:00 to 15:00. Hellman wrote groundbreaking work on state capture…
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August 25, 2017

Podcast: Democracy and the Poor

Audio of a public lecture by Andreas Kalyvas.
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July 16, 2017

Democracy and the Poor

A public lecture by PARI visiting professor, Andreas Kalyvas 3 August, 5-7pm Wiser Seminar Room, 6th floor, Richard Ward Building, Wits University The lecture examines the hypothesis of democracy as…