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03 May 2024

Quality of life and wellbeing to take centre stage as the HSRC launches the 2024 Edition of the State of the Nation

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Friday 3 May 2024 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is pleased to announce the launch of the latest volume in the State of the Nation series, titled Quality of Life and Wellbeing. The launch will take place at the CSIR Convention Centre on Tuesday, 14 May 2024, from 15:30 – 18:30.

Edited by Professors Vasu Reddy, Narnia Bohler-Muller, Zitha Mokomane and Crain Soudien, the book is a timely reflection on the state of the nation, offering a nuanced and multidisciplinary analysis of the complex interdependence between South Africa’s socioeconomic and political contexts, and quality of life and wellbeing in the country.

The 2024 edition brings together contributions from leading scholars and experts in various fields, exploring themes such as the environment, quality of life and wellbeing; human security, gender and wellbeing; wellbeing and happiness; inequality in South Africa; and the impact of COVID-19 on quality of life.

The launch event will feature keynote addresses by Prof Laetitia Rispel and Dr Cassius Lubisi, followed by a panel discussion with esteemed experts in social sciences and humanities, including Prof Irma Eloff and two of the editors, Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller and Prof Crain Soudien. The discussion will be facilitated by seasoned journalist and news editor, Ferial Haffajee.

The event aims to stimulate critical thinking and spark important conversations about the state of our nation and the ways in which South Africans can work towards a more equitable, healthy and just society.

Celebrating its 20th year of existence, the State of the Nation volume, which is one of the HSRC’s flagship publications, serves as an invaluable, independent scholarly resource offering insights into the current state of South Africa.

The volume is distinctive because it will be the first fully dedicated text focused on quality of life and wellbeing in the State of the Nation series. It offers a range of perspectives on quality of life in ways that aim to reflect the complex interdependence between lived realities and how people make lives for themselves and contribute to the lives of others.


Details of the event

Date:                               14 May 2024  

Time:                               15:30 – 18:30

Venue:                            CSIR Convention Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria

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About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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