Think tank

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)

WiSER

Witwatersrand, South Africa

Established by Deborah Posel in September 2001 WISER is an interdisciplinary research institute in the humanities and social sciences in South Africa. The institute draws on a history of advanced interdisciplinary research at Wits that dates back to the late 1960s, but over the last decade, in particular, it has pursued five main objectives with distinctive energy and enterprise. These are: to foster independent, critical inquiry into the complexities and paradoxes of change in South Africa; to conduct this enquiry by drawing intensively on comparative international research especially from the African continent; to foreground the global theoretical significance of WISER’s research agenda; to combine aesthetic and social scientific analyses; and to provide an institutional space that strengthens the scholarly dialogue between South African researchers and academics in the rest of the world.

Contact details

Website:
https://wiser.wits.ac.za/

Address:
PO Box Wits • 2050 • South Africa

Country:
South Africa

Sub-region:
Southern Africa

Areas of focus

Organisation details

Business model
University institute/center
Institutional affiliations
University
Year founded
2001
Age (years)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 20
South Africa average
2021 
Global average
2021 
Founded by
Founders: Deborah Posel
Founder gender: All female
Leadership
Leader(s) (2019): Sarah Nuttall
Leader gender: Female

Social

Likes (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 2,663
South Africa average
 12,053
Global average
 24,298
Twitter
Followers (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 4,088
South Africa average
 11,470
Global average
 15,195
Subscribers (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 6,750
South Africa average
 890
Global average
 6,006
Followers (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 29
South Africa average
 18,933
Global average
 6,791

Data notes

Last updated: 10/03/2020
Rating of data accuracy (find out more): Authenticated
Data sources consulted: Organisation´s website
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