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Institute for Social and Health Sciences

Welcome to the Institute for Social and Health Sciences

The ISHS finds expression for its vision, mission, values and objectives through two programmes, namely the Programme on Traditions and Transformation (POTT) and the Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit (SAPPRU).

Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit (SAPPRU)

Programme on Traditions and Transformation (POTT)

SAPPRUThe SAPPRU, formerly known as the Crime, Violence and Injury Lead Programme (CVI), was formalised in 2001 as a partnership between UNISA and the Medical Research Council (MRC). The CVI incorporated the MRC’s former Trauma Unit’s surveillance and epidemiological research activities and the Institute’s community-focused prevention and critical theoretical work. POTT

POTT's aim is to investigate traditions and transformation in order to understand  how traditions develop, endure and change so as to support the development of positive social, economic, political and cultural traditions and to intervene and change harmful social practices.

A flagship of the College of Human Sciences, the Africa-centred Institute derives its mandate from:

  • The University’s 2015 vision;
  • Its status as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention Research and Training;
  • Its accreditation as a Safe Communities Certifying Centre; and
  • Its directorship of the Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit (SAPPRU), formerly known as the Presidential Crime, Violence and Injury Lead Programme.

These synergistically linked mandates offer the Institute specific strategic and well-established platforms for research, community service and post-graduate training in the social and health sciences. Recognised as a regional resource and international expert in specific niche areas, the Institute is well placed to function as a strategic and flagship initiative of UNISA’s College for Human Sciences, focused on growing Africa-oriented research, expertise and community development.