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Department of Interdisciplinary Research

Welcome to the Department of Interdisciplinary Research

About the department

The Department of Interdisciplinary Research of the College of Graduate Studies focuses on supporting and nurturing masterís and doctoral researchers within a supportive academic and interdisciplinary research environment. We are characterized by the following: 

  • Our commitment to excellence in advanced research methodology, research tools, resources and technologies, and supervision;
  • Our unique focus on national and international basic and applied inter/transdisciplinary research programmes;
  • Our dedication to community engagement and the creation of vibrant virtual communities of best practice in all our activities; and
  • Our ambition to introduce a state of the art virtual research platform using sophisticated technologies.
We are truly interdisciplinary and offer advanced supervision in the following fields of study:
  • The knowledge economy;
  • Natural Language processing and semantic computing ;
  • Heritage and archive;
  • Intergroup conflict, tolerance and emotions;
  • Mass violence and genocide studies;
  • Political theory;
  • South African political and historical studies;
  • Theoretical discourses around inter/transdisciplinarity;
  • Research in higher education, with specific emphasis on masterís and doctoral supervision in an ODL environment.
We support and drive our research agenda with the following activities and initiatives:
  • The support of the Unisa library and the services of specialist Personal Librarians;
  • Financial and logistic support to Unisaís masterís and doctoral students;
  • Research workshops on various topics and techniques relating to research;
  • A research seminar series;
  • Editing of two scientific journals;
  • Individual and collaborative research projects;
  • National and international partnerships.
Our research projects include the following:
  • Collaborative Unisa Strategic Project on the CGS masterís and doctoral research platform (2012-2014);
  • Partner in the EU FP7 Net2 Project: A Network for Enabling Networked Knowledge, coordinated by the Digital Enterprise Research Institute of the National University of Ireland, Galway (2011-2013);
  • Social mobility project;
  • Sustainable multilingualism project;
  • Re-placing Labour: Exploitation and Extermination in Nazi Occupied Poland, 1944-1945 project;
  • Zimbabwe archival project;
  • Doctoral reform project;
  • Higher education policies project;
  • Masterís and doctoral studentsí performance project;

For more information on any of the above topics, please contact the Department at