Research outputs

Access is provided to research outputs generated by HSRC researchers since 2000. All research outputs are provided free of charge to the public, with the exception of confidential reports. Where possible the full-text is provided for immediate download. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of an output which is not immediately available for download, please contact the Digital Curation Team at

HSRC Repository

The HSRC Institutional Repository is an important tool that the HSRC utilises to preserve and disseminate its documents. Different types of publications including scholarly research outputs are collected, preserved and distributed in a digital format.

Research data

The HSRC Research Data Service provides a digital repository of the HSRC's research data in support of evidence-based human and social development.


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2021 Governing river rehabilitation projects for transformative capacity development

River rehabilitation projects are framed as water security interventions in South Africa. They aim to address water quality and water quanti...

2020 Neighbourhood responses to drought in the Western Cape

An extreme drought event occurred in the Western Cape when the mean level of water supply dams declined to 28% of capacity in August 2017. O...

2012 'God is my forest': Xhosa cultural values provide untapped opportunities for conservation

In South Africa conservation is still largely framed in terms of Western scientific values, with a focus on material benefits to local commu...

2008 Free basic water: a sustainable instrument for a sustainable future in South Africa

The South African government???s policy decision in 2001 to provide a basic amount of water free of charge to all citizens has been controve...