The Centre for the Study of Resilience (CSR), in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria, officially opened their new space on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, with a high-tea celebration. The Centre (formally constituted in 2015) has found its new home on the top floor of the Student Centre Building on the Groenkloof Campus.
The CSR functions at a trans-disciplinary level, collaborating with multiple partners to build evidence-based knowledge on innovative adaptations, given chronic and cumulative adversity in the context of the global-south, postcolonial and emerging economy with structural disparity challenges. The CSR also contributes to education research by building multidisciplinary knowledge on positive learning outcomes in high-adversity school settings.
The new space was designed by University of Pretoria Campus Architect Ms Ané Genis, with Ms Yzelle van den Berg as Project Manager and Ms Mari Dreyer overseeing the interior furnishing. The event was attended by several staff members including Prof Susan Adendorff, Director of Facilities Management, and Mr Nicolaas Bester, Deputy Director of Planning and Administration.
Following a welcoming by Prof Liesel Ebersöhn, Director of the CSR, the space was officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Chika Sehoole, who affirmed the Faculty's commitment to trans-disciplinary research, as enacted through the CSR's research activities.
In her commentary, Prof Salomé Human-Vogel, Acting Head of the Department of Educational Psychology, stated that the time was ripe for scholarship on resilience.
Besides being residence to academic and administrative staff connected to resilience research, the CSR space also provides a home to postgraduate students and visiting professors building knowledge in this field. Furthermore, it serves as a physical domain in which to store resilience datasets, to which digital object identifiers are being assigned in order to facilitate further research. Other entities housed within the CSR space include the Secretariat of the World Education Research Association, the South African Journal of Education, and the Ethics Office of the Faculty of Education.