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About the Centre

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) is the first research institute of its kind in the global South. It draws on the intellectual resources of Wits University, and partner institution in South Africa and beyond, to host a truly interdisciplinary research and policy project focusing on understanding and addressing inequality in the global South. Although there are a number of centres for the study of inequality worldwide, they are almost exclusively in the global north, and in the United Kingdom, and United States in particular. We believe that there are distinct drivers and characteristics of inequality in the South.

The Southern Centre for Inequality Studies is a truly inter-disciplinary and intersectional research and policy institute located in the global south. Interdisciplinarity has been built into the Centre from the beginning, with thematic and policy focus areas that transcend traditional academic boundaries. This SCIS will ensure that the project objectives and the work undertaken by the various research initiatives and activities will result in a substantive outcome: an evidence based progressive policy programme to overcome inequality in South Africa, and advance our understanding of inequality in the global South.

Seminar Series

Monday 29 January 2018: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi, presented by Gautam Bhan, Lead, Academics and Research at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore, India.

Contact us

We are a recognised research group based in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at Wits University.

The work of the SCIS is guided by a Steering Committee of senior academics with a wide range of research and policy experience.

Professor Imraan Valodia

Dean: Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management
Tel: +27 (11) 717 1890 Cell: +27 (83) 633 5069 Email: 

Professor Edward Webster

Interim Director: SCIS
Professor Emeritus: Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP)
Tel: +27 (11) 717 4426 Cell: +27 (84) 467 0192 Email: 

Mr David Francis

Research Manager: SCIS
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Cell: +27 (84) 433 6738 Email:

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