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The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa is a statutory social science research institution the largest in Africa. We play a leading role in the fourteen South African Development Community countries, and elsewhere in Africa.

Our researchers are our most valuable assets, researching identified social problems. Their capacity is extended locally, regionally and internationally through collaboration with peers in other science councils, tertiary institutions and research bodies.

Research is our product. HSRC Publishers is not an end product, but an integral part of our research function. As a non-profit organisation, we ultimately want to circulate our research publications as widely as possible. More about the HSRC...

The editorial board comprises of ten members with different but complementary skills. As part of its commitment to publishing academic research of quality, it is the practice of an academic press to incorporate the peer-review process. The role of the HSRC Press editorial board will thus include receiving and considering reports from external reviewers on all potential HSRC Press publications and making recommendations on books being considered for publication under the HSRC Press imprint. The board will meet quarterly.

The editorial board is headed up by Professor Daniel, who in his long career as a political science academic also spent six years in the 1980s as the Africa Editor of Zed Books in London. From 1996 - 98, John was seconded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission where he worked in the research department and was part of the team that wrote the five-volume final report.

The board is made up of the CEO of the HSRC, Dr Mark Orkin; three HSRC Executive Directors (or their designated representatives); Professor Wally Morrow from the ministerially-appointed HSRC Council; three external members from the academic community; and the Publishing Director of the HSRC Press, Mr Garry Rosenberg.

The external members are:

  • Professor Irina Filatova, who holds PhDs in History and Political Science and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Professor Filatova was previously the Director of the School of Social Sciences and Development Studies at the University of Durban-Westville, is widely published and is a member of the Editorial Board of Africa Insight.

  • Dr Owen Sichone, who holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and who is currently a Senior-Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Dr Sichone brings a wealth of publishing and advisory experience to bear, having advised a number of editorial boards and research advisory committees in recent years, including the Africa Institute (Pretoria); the Journal of Southern African Studies; Social Dynamics; and the UCT Press Board.

  • Dr Imraan Valodia, who holds a PhD from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies of the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals, Transformation and South African Labour Bulletin.