Community Interaction
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Community-Based Research @ SU

Stellenbosch University is tackling the challenges facing our world and society in new and innovative ways. The community-based research portfolio helps to connect the university's multidisciplinary research expertise with government, non-governmental organisations, and the wider community.

The Division engages these diverse groups to work with the university and match the needs of the society with university research in order to deliver research excellence with relevance, and create innovative solutions that change the way we work and live.

The DCI works with external stakeholders in a number of ways, formally and informally, through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU's); Research Agreements; and Community Engagement Forums.

The Division provides capacity building workshops and short courses for our academics and graduate students who often engage or intend to engage in community-based research. It maintains a community research needs listing for academics who wish to pursue research with local communities, and also manages internal and external incentives for engaged research.

Examples of Community-Based Research impact:


Klapmuts Backyard Dwelling Survey: A hazard and vulnerability assessment

Policy implications of the interaction of formal and informal institutions

As You are Standing Here: An Excavation Project


To explore opportunities in Community-Based Research, please contact:

Mawethu J Nyakatya

Phone: 021 808 9142