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GCRO seeks to appoint flexible, multi-skilled researchers / senior researchers

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a research centre set up in partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), the Gauteng Provincial Government and organised local government. GCRO’s mission is to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and citizens need to develop a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Gauteng City-Region. GCRO undertakes research itself and in partnership with others, collects data and uses it to benchmark the region locally and internationally, and provides policy support to government, working to the highest academic standards. GCRO works in diverse areas including regional economic development, sustainability, space & mobility, governance & intergovernmental relations, quality of life and social development, as well as data collection and visualisation with a special focus on indicator-based benchmarking.

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Call for Papers for ERLN Conference - Economic Development for Employment: Sub-national Strategies

The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) and the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN), in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, will be hosting a conference with the theme of Economic Development for Employment: Sub-national Strategies. The conference will be held on 14 to 15 November in Gauteng, South Africa. The conference aims to contribute to evidence-based policy making and development planning around employment creation at the sub-national level.

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Jobs Fund innovation funding window opens 16 November 2015

alex57The Jobs Fund will be hosting provincial briefing sessions on its new funding round.

The Innovation Funding window will accept proposals from 16 November 2015. The funding round closes for applications at 15h00 on 1 February 2016. This window essentially aims to fund any business that will create jobs in an innovative manner. Interventions must focus on projects that have potential to create jobs on a large scale and promote broader systemic impact.

The sessions aim to provide prospective applicants with information about the Jobs Fund, project selection criteria and the application process.

The team will do a short presentation and thereafter will be available to provide guidance to potential applicants.

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stepSA Interactive Regional Profiler

Spatial Temporal Evidence for Planning in South Africa (stepSA) is a collaborative initiative that has played a key role in building capability and an evidence base to support high impact and transformative infrastructure investment decisions in South African towns, cities and regions.

The stepSA website (http://stepsa.org/) serves as a platform to disseminate information and knowledge gained through applied research in the following ways:

  • spatial-temporal socio-economic indicators, trends and profiles to support socio-economic cross-border and comparative analyses of functional regions, cities and towns.
  • value added high resolution spatial data published as static maps or in interactive viewers; and
  • various other outputs and tools to identify and explore the spatial implications of growth trends for planning and investment decision making.

A key component of the stepSA website is the Interactive Regional Profiler which is used to disseminate the value added high resolution data. The purpose of the Regional Profiler is to support the contextual understanding of areas within their broader functional regions, as well as the spatial quantification of dualities by combining different spatial indicators for specific localities. The Interactive Regional Profiler can be used to:

  1. Develop demand profiles to inform investment and policy decisions,
  2. Inform and enhance provincial, regional and district SDFs and various infrastructure investment and sector plans,
  3. Develop baseline profiles of areas to support integrated socio-ecological research , and
  4. Track spatial transformation and change in priority regions.

The tool can be accessed at http://stepsa.org/map_space.html. There are links on the stepSA website that navigate to interactive maps, regional scale information as well as more information on the development of the spatial indicators and indicative data sets.

For more information on the Interactive Regional Profiler please contact:

Gerbrand Mans, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the stepSA initiative and possible collaboration please contact:

Elsona van Huyssteen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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