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Current Projects


So far 516 project ideas have been submitted to the UCT Knowledge Co-op, since its start late in 2010.

A number of them have been matched to students or academics of which some are currently underway and 160 have already been Completed.

Listed below are projects that are currently underway.

Project Name
Project Description 
#163. Substance abuse rehab


Document and assess an out-patient substance abuse rehabilitation programme. Describe the approach and programme followed and assess the impact of the programme on its beneficiaries and the community.

 Submitted by: Living Hope
UCT partners: Public Health – A/Prof Chris Colvin, Portia Klaas  



#364 Training for behaviour change



Randomised control longitudinal study to measure impact of training programme & sustainability of behaviour change of teenage parents.
Submitted by: The Parent Centre
UCT partners: Organisational Psychology- Dr Chao Mulenga and Sandra Kokera
#376. Law enforcement across levels of governance


Investigate the relationships between entities involved with upholding the law: building community resilience to crime; community perceptions on what works for effective lobbying for safety; legal frameworks required for that.
Submitted by: Councillor, Ward 64
UCT partners: Safety and Violence Initiative/Criminology - Mr Guy Lamb, Oliver Ndou
# 381. Services for homeless


Needs assessment: Are the services MES provides for homeless persons in the different areas in the Northern suburbs appropriate to the needs of the target population.

Submitted by: MES

UCT partners: Social Development Dr Khosi Kubeka & Mapendo Jolie Mauridi
#392. Determinants for community development


Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development strategy in a local context
Submitted by: Habitat for Humanity
UCT partners: Mechanical Engineering- Dr Corinne Shaw, John Onyeagoziri
#404. Is prostitution work?


Is prostitution regarded as 'work' by those selling sex? What are the reasons for their position? To inform advocacy.

Submitted by: Embrace Dignity

 UCT partners: Sociology- Ms Bianca Tame & Colleen Gwazani


#438. Policy for participation



Research to support Community-driven policy initiatives for participation at local government level:  map out how participation is structured in different sectors; identify cases of bad and good practice. Desktop review & interviews.

Submitted by: Citizen Action for Public Participation
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Chance Chagunda, Dahlia Patsika


#443. Impact of school fynbos gardens on learner environmental attitudes



A study to understand the impact of school fynbos gardens on learners’ perceptions of nature and the environment.
Submitted by: GreenPop
UCT Partners: Organisational Psychology - A/Prof. Sarah Chapman and Nicole Burgmer
# 467. Enhancing mother-infant relationships in the first 1000 days


Conduct a study to measure the impact of a Home Visitation programme on mother-infant relationships within the first 1000 days

Submitted by: The Parent Centre

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Ms Adiilah Boodhoo, Sheridan-Lee Percival


#484. Mental health of cancer survivors 



Assessment of mental health outcomes of cancer survivors staying at CANSA care homes.

Submitted by: CANSA
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Chance Chagunda, Danielle Mutseriwa
#527. Factory farming and Avian flue


Explore the causal links between factory farming of poultry and Avian flu. Review international literature & apply it to SA.
Submitted by: SAFCEI
UCT partner: Sociology – Prof Frank Matose & Benjamin Hlere
#539. Literacy training
Assess the training for literacy mentors to support reading clubs in Western Cape
Submitted by: Nal’ibali Trust
UCT partner: Organisational Psychology - A/Prof Sarah Chapman & Masole Moerane


This table was updated in November 2019.