Benjamin Roberts

Chief Research Specialist and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Human Sciences Research Council

Benjamin Roberts is Chief Research Specialist and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He has been coordinating the annually conducted, nationally representative SASAS series since its inception in 2003. He has a BSc Town and Regional Planning (Wits) and an MSc Urban and Regional Planning (Development)(Natal). He recently completed his doctoral thesis on the topic of attitudes towards inequality and redistribution in South Africa (Rhodes University).

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Chief Research Specialist and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Democracy, Governance & Service Delivery (DGSD), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2014–2018
    Senior Research Manager, Democracy, Governance & Service Delivery (DGSD), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2010–2014
    Research Specialist, Democracy, Governance & Service Delivery (DGSD), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2008–2010
    Research Specialist, Child, Youth, Family and Social Development (CYFSD), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2005–2008
    Research Specialist, Urban, Rural and Economic Development (URED), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2003–2005
    Chief Researcher, Integrated Regional and Rural Development (IRRD) and Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2002–2003
    Chief Researcher, Surveys, Analysis, Modelling and Mapping (SAMM), Human Sciences Research Council
  • 1998–2002
    Research fellow, School of Development Studies, University of Natal

Education

  • 2019 
    Rhodes University, PhD Humanities (Social Policy)
  • 2000 
    University of Natal, MSc Urban and Regional Planning (Development)
  • 1996 
    University of the Witwatersrand, BSc Town & Regional Planning

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Role:
    Senior Research Manager and Coordinator of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation