The real meaning of liberation

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About Us

The Centre for Liberation Studies is a transdisciplinary research centre focused on identifying interventions which support the development of critical populations. Parents of young children, adolescents and university students are all critical to the long-term development of South Africa, but their lives are often constrained by oppressive systems, limiting the extent to which they and those who rely on them can reach their potential. To support these populations to weaken these constraints requires a holistic approach, recognising that to support a person, it helps to see the whole person.
The Centre for Liberation Studies provides an institutional framework to facilitate the design and testing of interventions. The focus is on interventions intended to support members of population groups who are critical to the long-term development of the country to mitigate the negative consequences of the oppressive environments in which they live.

Our Team

Meet our team members

Dr Chris Desmond

Dr Chris Desmond

Director

Chris holds a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. His research, over the last 20 years, has focused on vulnerable populations, including young children, children affected by HIV and AIDS and the homeless. Prior to establishing the Centre, he was a Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council. Chris is a research associate of the Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits University, the FXB Centre at Harvard University and the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. He brings a wealth of experience and a large research network to the Centre.

M-Jérémie Nyamangyoku

M-Jérémie Nyamangyoku

Volunteer

Jérémie holds a bachelors of science degree in Information Technology Management from Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology. Jérémie is currently the IT Coordinator at the AIDS Foundation of South Africa, and volunteer as an IT consultant at the Centre for Liberation Studies.

Dr. Candice E. Desmond

Volunteer

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Our Services

CLS provides interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research services. This includes undertaking large scale academic research and small-scale evaluations. A core team of researchers in the centre manages projects and draws on a large network of interested and supportive academics as projects require. The defining feature of the services offered is that they are designed with a holistic view of targeted populations, to avoid the inefficiencies and mistakes associated with siloed intervention. There are three mutually reinforcing streams of work which the centre is pursuing:
1. DEVELOPING AND STRENGTHENING THE FRAMEWORK Liberation studies is a new approach, designed to provide a framework for organizing inputs from a range of disciplines. It requires continued development as new insights emerge, both from relevant disciplines and from studies directly employing the framework.
3. STRENGTHENING STUDENT INVOLVEMENT The involvement of students is critical if this area of work is to grow. Three types of involvement are envisaged, but are still in the process of development. Firstly, a short course offered to all interested students, ideally at the undergraduate level.
2. COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS WITH TARGET POPULATIONS Research and evaluation studies are central to the centre’s work, given the goal of liberation studies is to identify, design, implement and refine possible population level interventions, by understanding as holistically as possible, the individuals who make up these populations.

Partnership

The CLS partners with a range of South African based and international academics and research groups. The network covers a wide range of disciplines, from neurology to sociology, black consciousness to feminist economics.


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