Dr Steven Lawrence Gordon

TELEPHONE: 031 242 5412
EMAIL: sgordon@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Steven Gordon is a senior research specialist in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division. He holds an MA in Global Studies from The University of Freiburg (2007) and an MA in Population Studies in University of KwaZulu-Natal (2012). In addition, he holds a PhD in geography from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2017). He is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. His work has focused on intergroup relations, subjective wellbeing, prejudice formation and attitudes towards democracy..

Experience and special projects: Dr Gordon started his academic career at the Department of Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies (IOLS) Research Unit headed by Ari Sitas. He then spent three years as an academic during which time he taught industrial sociology at the undergraduate level at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He also conducted research for the Harry Gwala District Municipality on attitudes towards service delivery.After starting work at the HSRC, he joined the South African Attitudes Survey (SASAS) research team. He worked on the projects related to public opinion and how attitudes influence behaviour. Research subjects include financial literacy, voting participation, energy usage, environmentalism and homelessness. In addition, he has helped coordinate research HSRC projects for the following clients South African National Defense Force, Gauteng Premier, Open Society Foundation South Africa and Electoral Commission of South Africa. .

Dr Gordon has worked on issues related to quality of life, looking at human happiness for a range of partners including the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Polo Lionello Bonfanti. He received bursary funding from University of the Witwatersrand DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development..

Dr Gordon has published 31 scientific articles in both local and international peer-reviewed academic journals as well as 12 book chapters in edited volumes. He co-edited a book entitled ?Family Matters: Family Cohesion, Values and Wellbeing? which was published by Human Sciences Research Council Press in 2019. He has also presented more than twenty-two papers at both local and international conferences.

Recent

Social Norms and Behaviour tracking: Measuring Attitudes to Corruption in SA - (GIZ)

The objective of the project is to provide credible evidence-based data that promotes a shared understanding of let drivers and enablers of corruption....

United Nations Refugee Agency Research Management Systems Pilot Project research.

design and implement a cognitive pre-test of the questionnaire (approximately 10-15 respondents). Provide oversight for the main data collection. Thi....

The 2021 Social Unrest in South Africa: Primary survey-based research

With reference to the unrest in KZN and Gauteng and its far-reaching social and economic impacts on the country, this research is to better understand....

Parent Power National Survey

The purpose of this consultancy is the redesign, pilot, implementation, analysis and reporting of a National Survey to gauge parents perceptions and e....

Baseline Study to Determine Levels of Racism, Anti-Foreigner Sentiment, Homophobia, Racial Incidents, Inter-racial Relations and Perceptions of National Identity

An activity-based evaluation plan has been developed based on the Terms of Reference provided by the client. This is outlined in the table provided be....

Assessment of the implementation and enforcement of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC)

Development of rating metrics / scorecard to objectively assess South Africa's compliance with Articles 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the AUCPCC design and imple....

University of the Witwatersrand DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (B Roberts)

Generation of Change South African Attitudes Towards Climate Change in Comparative Perspective. ....

Limpopo 2020: Evaluating Armed Forces Day

The main aim of this study is to determine the impact of Armed Forces Day 2020. Armed Forces Day will be held in Limpopo on 21 February 2020 and a co....

4th Industrial Revolution &Human; Development (OPP2019-4IRHD-6)

One (1) paper in press or published To produce one journal article/s for an accredited journal Submit evidence of the submission, acceptance and/or p....

A Survey on the State of youth in Gauteng

The objective of the project is to conduct a survey on the state of youth in Gauteng which specifically addresses the issues which are not only issues....

SANDF - Armed Forces Day Project

More specifically the research will aim to determine if: (i) The event served to unite South Africans behind the SANDF; (ii) The event allowed the SA....

State of Social Cohesion and Nation-building in South Africa

The primary objective of this project is to prepare the draft and final reports for the Working Group on social cohesion and nation-building. A draft ....

State of Youth in Gauteng

The purpose of the study is to conduct a desktop literature review and assessment of the state of youth in Gauteng to enable the Office of the Premier....

Implementation of the Evaluation of the Integrated Justice System (IJS)

The study includes an analysis of challenges that the IJS has faced, and expects to face in its future execution of its mandate. This analysis will le....

Constructing an Intermediate Deprivation Measure for Wards in the City of Johannesburg

HSRC and members of SASPRI have collaborated for many years on issues relating to deprivation. The first ward-level South African Index of Multiple De....

Survey on Career Pathing and development of Women as part of promoting Gender Mainstreaming in the Electoral Commission of south Africa

Recent deliberations by the Commissioners of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) raised concerns that very few women apply for and /or are ....

Family Cohesion, Values and Strengthening in promoting Family well-being in South Africa

The broad objective of the study is to enhance knowledge of family-related dynamics, cohesiveness, orientations and preferences (hereafter referred to....

Governance Index Implementation Plan

The HSRC seeks to develop a Good Governance Index for South Africa that would operate as a policy monitoring instrument and a tool for generating evid....

South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

The South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS, www.hsrc.ac.za/sasas) is a nationally representative, repeated cross-sectional survey that has been ....