Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 135

Faculty highlights
HIGHLIGHTS from June 2015 to June 2016
Prof Dee Smythe was appointed director of research.
The new phase of the Open African Innovation
Research (Open AIR) project commenced in
2015. It seeks to solve a problem at the heart of
innovation policy and practice: how to reconcile
tensions between knowledge appropriation and
access, between excluding and sharing, and
between competing and collaboration. In doing
so, the project helps in addressing some of the
most significant innovation challenges: to promote
population health, environmental sustainability,
universal education, cultural participation, food
security, poverty alleviation and economic growth.
The Centre of Criminology has been involved in the
police-led process of implementing the Khayelitsha
Commission of Inquiry recommendations.
The Tax Institute for Fiscal Research was established,
a result of collaboration between the faculties of law
and commerce, in cooperation with the International
Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. The institute’s aim is
to be Africa’s leading academic research institute in
fiscal matters.
The Rural Women’s Action Research Unit, formerly
part of the Centre for Law and Society, and now
reconstituted as the Land and Accountability Research
Centre (LARC), has received a range of grants to
support work on rural democracy and governance,
including from the Raith Foundation, Claude Leon and
Ford, and the Tshemba Foundation. Renewed grants
were welcomed from the Millenium Trust, HBS and the
Open Society Foundation, in respect of supporting
strategic litigation.
The Ford Foundation is supporting Dr Kelley
Moult’s work in nine countries on forced and child
Prof Pierre de Vos, faculty SR representative, received
a R30 000 grant from the Academic and Non-Fiction
Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA)
for an ongoing project on autobiography and the
Assoc Prof Alistair Price edited A Transformative
Justice: essays in honour of Pius Langa with Advocate
Michael Bishop.
Prof Dee Smythe published Rape Unresolved: policing
sexual offences in South Africa.
The Institute for Development and Labour Law
published Laws Against Strikes: the South African
experience in an international and comparative
perspective, edited by Prof Rochelle Le Roux with Sir
Bob Hepple and Prof Silvana Sciarra.
Ms Lee-Ann Tong and Prof Caroline Ncube edited the
third issue of the SA Intellectual Property Journal.
Dr Hannah Woolaver was awarded a research grant of
$250,000 AUD from the Australian Research Council
for a three-year research project in collaboration
with Assoc Prof Sarah Williams of the Faculty of Law,
University of New South Wales. The project, ‘Evaluating
Civil Society Participation before International Criminal
Tribunals’, provides the first comprehensive assessment
of the methods by which civil society actors seek to
intervene in international criminal tribunals and the
influence of those interventions on legal outcomes,
including the question of whether those interventions
reflect the range of civil society interests in international
criminal justice, or are limited to ‘Western’ perspectives.
DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Justice and Security Prof
Mark Shaw published the book A Citizen’s Guide to
Crime Trends with Anine Kriegler.
The Centre for Criminology completed a major study
for the United Nations on international illicit flows and
urban security.
Master’s students
Master’s graduates
PhD students
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