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)
 21
South Africa average
 27
Global average
 31
Founded by
Founders: Deborah Posel
Founder gender: All female
Leadership
Leader(s) (2021): Prof. Sarah Nuttall, Director
Leader gender: Female
Leader(s) (2020): Prof. Sarah Nuttall, Director
Leader gender: Female
Leader(s) (2019): Prof. Sarah Nuttall, Director
Leader gender: Female
Staff size
2021
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 12
South Africa average
 48
Global average
 86
% Female staff
2021
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 67%
South Africa average
 54%
Global average
 48%

Organisational performance

Publications
2020
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 27
South Africa average
 160
Global average
 34
2019
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 52

Social

Likes (2022)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 4,146
South Africa average
 16,574
Global average
 32,642
Likes (2021)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 3,743
Likes (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 2,663
Twitter
Followers (2022)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 5,288
South Africa average
 19,762
Global average
 19,218
Followers (2021)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 4,777
Followers (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 4,088
Subscribers (2022)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 28,600
South Africa average
 3,135
Global average
 5,610
Subscribers (2021)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 20,400
Subscribers (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 6,750
Followers (2022)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 320
South Africa average
 32,492
Global average
 16,346
Followers (2019)
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand)
 29

Data notes

Last updated: 08/06/2021
Rating of data accuracy (find out more): Authenticated
Data sources consulted: Organisation´s website
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