The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities through the establishment of Research Chairs at public universities in South Africa with a long-term investment trajectory of up to fifteen years. The College of Humanities has SARChI Chairs in the following areas:
- Applied Poverty Reduction Impact Assessment: The aims of the Chair are in three interrelated areas of applied poverty reduction assessment: the ongoing improvement of the indicators that are used to reflect change; the analysis of the impact of poverty reducing interventions; and investigating wider dynamics that offset or contribute towards desired policy goals.
- Economic Development: The research objective of the Research Chair in Economic Development is to explore the interface between households and labour markets in South Africa, advancing knowledge across a range of socio-economic areas, including those relating to union formation, mobility, child care, household survival strategies and resource sharing, labour force participation and employment. The research is integral to evaluating the experiences of economic development among individual South Africans and to assessing economic and social policy that seeks to reduce poverty and increase well-being.
- Gender and Childhood Sexuality: The Chair aims to produce top level research output with policy relevance in analysing and documenting the ways in which childhood sexualities and gender are experienced, enacted and the effects for gender inequalities. It will grow a cohort of postgraduate students in the field of sexualities/gender as it aims to provide a systematic evidence base and advanced research and interventions that can benefit young people and ensure commitment to sexual health, gender equality and quality education