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Changing Socio-Spatial Inequalities: Population change and the lived experience of inequality in urban South Africa

14 August 2019
09:00 - 15:00

14th August 2019

Start Time:
Registration at 08:30.

09:00 – 15:00
(including lunch)

Video conference suite, Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, South Africa

[Note: This event on 14th August will take place in Pretoria and will be video-linked to other sites]

Overview: The current evidence base concerning inequality in South Africa is relatively small regarding the changing geographies of
inequalities and the associated impacts which are felt on the ground as individuals’ ‘lived experience’ of inequality. This event details the
outputs from a project in which quantitative and qualitative methods have been used to examine urban spatial transformation, the lived
experience of inequality and social attitudes towards inequality.

The event will outline headline findings from the study, including:
(1) Mapping the changing geographies of inequality,
(2) Understanding where, when and how people experience inequality and how this affects their attachment to place and (3) Results from the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) on people’s experiences of inequality and their attitudes to inequality and redress.

The event will include presentations setting out the key findings, an interactive demonstration of new small area measures of deprivation
and inequality, and an open discussion around the use and future development of the project outputs. The results of this project will offer
important new insights which will support national and local government when developing evidence-based policies to tackle inequality.

It will enable policies in the areas of housing, urban planning and poverty alleviation to be informed by analysis of the lived experience of
inequality, derived from an inter-play of highly context-specific qualitative enquiry and cutting-edge quantitative techniques.

Speakers will include: Prof Chris Lloyd, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Prof Ivan Turok, Human Sciences Research Council, RSA; Dr David McLennan, Southern African Social Policy Research Insights, UK; Dr Wanga Zembe-Mkabile, Southern African Social Policy Research Institute, RSA; Mr Jabulani Jele, Southern African Social Policy Research Institute, RSA; Dr Benjamin Roberts, HumanSciences Research Council, RSA; and Ms Christine Byaruhanga, Southern African Social Policy Research Institute, RSA.
Invitees: Researchers in Central and local government, Research Councils, NGOs, Universities.

RSVP: The group size will be limited so please reserve a place by 6th August by emailing: Ms. Busi Mamba
T: 012 302 2532 | E: and specifying whether you will be attending in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban.

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact: Arlene Grossberg | T: (012) 302 2811 | E:

Cape Town
: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116 -118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town.
Contact: Shouneez Khan | T: (021) 466 7948 | E:

: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact: Ridhwaan Khan | T: (031) 242 5400 | C: 083 788 2786 | E: , or Wiseman Mbambo | E:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST