Three things to celebrate about South African democracy

Author: Professor Fiona Anciano Democracy is an idea brought to life by our daily actions. From voting to everyday acts of trust and lawfulness, South Africans continuously uphold and celebrate democratic principles. Even amid challenges, showcasing hope and unity. Democracy isn’t tangible. You can’t see or touch it. It is just an idea. But when […]

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Applications for this position is now closed. PUG Research is calling for applications for a Research Assistant to provide research and administrative support to the African Universities Hub for Human Rights (AUH) programme team. Location: University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa  Application Deadline: June 21, 2024 How to Apply: Email your cover […]


  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ANNUAL INAUGURAL SUMMER SCHOOL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS 2024 Are you passionate about defending human rights and democracy in Africa? Join us for the African Universities Hub for Human Rights’ (AUH) inaugural Summer School from 7 to 11 October 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa! The School, hosted at the University […]


PUG Insights Newsletter Q1 2024

Discover the latest insights from the Politics and Urban Governance Research Group (PUG) in our Q1 2024 edition of ‘PUG Insights.’ Dive into our newsletter for a deep dive into democratic innovations, human rights initiatives, and sustainable urban solutions. Stay informed, get inspired, and engage with us at 🌍✨📰 Subscribe to our Newsletter


2023 Rights workshop IWA NSS Conference

The Container Based Sanitation Alliance (CBSA), the University of the Western Cape and the Water Research Commission convened a workshop on the role of container-based sanitation (CBS) in supporting the human right to sanitation for residents living in informal settlements. The workshop was held on 16 October 2023, as part of the 1st IWA Non-Sewered […]

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Release: African Universities Hub for Human Rights Hub Report

We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest report from the African Universities Hub for Human Rights Hub. This report is a culmination of our collaborative efforts with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the UNESCO Chair to support and protect human rights defenders across Africa. About the Report This comprehensive […]

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Call For Applications: JUT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and PhD Scholarship

This is a call for recent masters and doctoral graduates to apply for one PhD candidacy and one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the NRF-funded Governing the Just Urban Transition project at the Politics and Urban Governance Research Group, UWC. The PhD scholarship is for three years (R120 000 annual funding) and the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is […]

By Fiona Anciano | Calls for Application

PUG Internship 2024

PUG is thrilled to announce an internship opportunity within our research group. If you’re passionate about political studies, urban governance, and making a meaningful impact through research, we invite you to apply for our Research Intern position. As an intern, you’ll engage in hands-on research, collaborate with a dynamic team, and contribute to impactful projects. This internship offers a unique opportunity to develop […]

By Fiona Anciano | Calls for Application