WELCOME TO THE CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP
We conduct transdisciplinary research that addresses issues of "liveablity" in South Africa, on the African continent and beyond. Our aim is to produce socially engaged and cutting edge research that transforms knowledge, makes an impact and benefits individuals and communities.
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS)
recently hosted the launch of the BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition.
BRIDGES is a global sustainability science coalition established by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Management
of Social Transformations Programme. BRIDGES was established in March 2021 at
the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme Intergovernmental
Professor James Ogude and Dr Tafadzwa Mushonga's co-edited volume on "Environmental Humanities of Extraction in Africa" has been published by Routledge. The book brings together together perspectives on resource exploitation to expose the continued environmental and socio-political struggles in post-colonial Africa. Colonial patterns of resource use and capital accumulation continue unabated on the continent, making environmental and related socio-political problems a dominant feature of African economies.
On 24 October 2022, the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS) and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) hosted a one-day high-level policy dialogue at Future Africa, and it sought to evaluate the impact of the UN Security Council on conflict management efforts in Africa. The event was attended by 22 diplomatic missions; South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation; the Department of Economic Development; heads of UN agencies; civil society; media scholars; and students. Recordings of the event and a policy brief were released in early 2023.