The Centre for the Study of Resilience

The Centre for the Study of Resilience (CSR) at the University of Pretoria (UP) distils systematic evidence on resilience-enabling innovations that are responsive to extreme challenges in a Global South space, such as Africa. CSR-knowledge generation has a focus on socially useful knowledge content that impacts the wellbeing of people, the planet, animals, and the built environment. In seeking sustainable solutions to challenges in an emerging environment, CSR-resilience research embraces a diversity of transdisciplinary knowledge, leverages natural and cultural resources synonymous to Africa, and privileges strengthening the research capacity of doctoral and early career scholars in Africa.

 

The vision of the CSR is to be known as a knowledge generation platform of merit that makes a meaningful contribution to Global South issues of adaptation to chronic and cumulative adversity. The two-pronged CSR-research niche is (i) to investigate resilience as a complex transdisciplinary phenomenon, and (ii) to use systematic scientific evidence to centralise Global South knowledge on adversity and adaptation into existing global resilience discourses.

 

South Africa is a veritable living laboratory that can be used to study resilience. Resilience presupposes (i) the presence of substantial challenges, (ii) socio-ecological pathways/processes of adapting to these adversities, and (iii) better than expected outcomes given highly challenged settings. The substantial challenges are more than evident in a highly unequal postcolonial South Africa in transformation. Innovative adaptations are visible amidst many instances of responses that are negative; there are examples of positive outcomes despite the cumulative and chronic risk. The CSR generates knowledge with UP researchers in nine faculties and sixteen academic departments and/or centres.

 

In a Global South space, it is necessary to have evidence of positive outcomes in relation to inequality, social exclusion, diversity, postcolonial transformation, and social justice.

 

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CSR Most Recent Publications

2021

Articles

Cia Cianfagna, M., Bolon, I., Babo Martins, S., Mumford, E., Romanelli, C., Deem, S. L., & Ruiz de Castañeda, R. (2021). Biodiversity and human health interlinkages in higher education offerings: A first global overview. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.637901

Höltge, J., Theron, L., Cowden, R.G., Govender, K., Maximo, S., Carranza, J.S., Kapoor, B., Tomar, A., van Rensburg, A., Lu, S., Hu, H., Cavioni, V., Agliati, A., Grazzani, I., Smedema, Y., Kaur, G., Hurlington, K.G., Sanders, J., Munford, R., Colomeischi, A., Panter-Brick, C., Sarathamani, S., Boratne, A.V., Avudaiappan, S., Patil, R., Borualogo, I., Katisi, M., Jefferies, P., & Ungar, M. (2021). A cross-country network analysis of adolescent resilience. Journal of Adolescent Health, 68(3), 580-588. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.07.010

Höltge, J., Theron, L., van Rensburg, A., Cowden, R. G., Govender, K., & Ungar, M. (2021). Investigating the Interrelations Between Systems of Support in 13‐to 18‐Year‐Old Adolescents: A Network Analysis of Resilience Promoting Systems in a High and Middle‐Income Country. Child Development, 92(2), 586-599. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13483

Höltge, J., Ungar, M., & Theron, L. (2021). The differential interplay of home routines and comforting beliefs on adolescent mental health in situations of severe parental conflict. Adversity and Resilience Science, 2, 5-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42844-021-00029-7

Machimana, E. G., Sefotho, M. M., Ebersöhn, L., & Shultz, L. (2021). Higher education uses community engagement-partnership as a research space to build knowledge. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 20, 45-62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10671-020-09266-6

Mahdiani, H., Höltge, J., Theron, L., & Ungar, M. (2021). Resilience in times of economic boom and bust: a narrative study of a rural population dependent upon the oil and gas industry. Journal of Adult Development, 28(2), 149-161. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-020-09363-z

Murphy, K., Strand, L., Theron, L., & Ungar, M. (2021). “I just gotta have tough skin”: Women's experiences working in the oil and gas industry in Canada✰. The Extractive Industries and Society, 8(2), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2021.02.002

Sefhedi, S. T., Omidire, M. F., Ebersöhn, L., & Murphy, P. K. (2021). Promoting critical-analytic thinking through teacher discourse moves and pedagogical principles: The case of a rural South African secondary school. Journal for Language Teaching, 54(2), 95-117. https://doi.org/10.4314/jlt.v54i2.5

Theron, L. C., Abreu-Villaça, Y., Augusto-Oliveira, M., Brennan, C. H., Crespo-Lopez, M. E., de Paula Arrifano, G., Glazer, L., Lin, L., Mareschal, I., Sartori, L., Stieger, L., Trotta, A., & Hadfield, K. (2021). Effects of pollution on adolescent mental health: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 10, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-021-01639-z

Ungar, M., Theron, L., Murphy, K., & Jefferies, P. (2021). Researching multisystemic resilience: A sample methodology. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.607994

Woollett, N., Bandeira, M., Marunda, S., Mudekunye, L., & Ebersöhn, L. (2021). Adolescent pregnancy and young motherhood in rural Zimbabwe: Findings from a baseline study. Health and Social Care in the Community, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13362

Chapters in Books

Machimana, E. G., Ebersöhn, L., & Sefotho, M, M. (2021). Benefits of community engagement practice in the context of higher education and rural school partnership: multi-perspective voices. In E. Van Eeden, I. Eloff, & H. Dippenaar (Eds.), Community Engagement Research in South Africa: Methods, Theories, Histories and Practice. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Conferences

Ang, L., du Preez, H., Mustafa, S., Mabasa, A., Gu, Q., & Ebersöhn, L. (2021, July). Early Childhood Development & Education. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 1: Schools as Enabling Space for Better Learning and Health Outcomes [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

Basson, L., Gu, Q., & Ebersöhn, L. (2021, July). Introduction: The Concept and the Methodology. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 1: Schools as Enabling Space for Better Learning and Health Outcomes [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

Callaghan, P., du Toit, P., Wood, K., Ding, H., Gu, Q., & Ebersöhn, L. (2021, July). Health-related Quality of Life. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 1: Schools as Enabling Space for Better Learning and Health Outcomes [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

Ebersöhn, L., Gu, O., Basson, L., & Eksteen, A. (2021, July). Enabling Professional Capabilities. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 2: Why Justice and Capability Matter [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

Jaoude, G. A., Skordis, J., Gu, Q., & Ebersöhn, L. (2021, July). The Capability Approach in Economic Evaulations. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 2: Why Justice and Capability Matter [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

Mills, M., Highman, R., Crafford, M., Hwenjere, R., Gu, Q., & Ebersöhn, L. (2021, July). Systematic educational disadvantage: A social justice lens. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 2: Why Justice and Capability Matter [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

Themane, M., Gu, Q., Ebersöhn, L., Morris, R., Akinyemi, O. S., & Chiramba, O. F. (2021, July). The Significance of Schools and School Leadership. In L. Ebersöhn & Q. Gu (Chairs). Rurality as a global challenge: Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-related Quality of Life for Rural Primary School Children Part 1: Schools as Enabling Space for Better Learning and Health Outcomes [Invited symposium] WERA Virtual Focal Meeting, Online.

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