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Senior Research Specialist., Human Sciences Research Council

Steven Lawrence Gordon is a Senior Research Specialist at Human Science Council of South Africa working in Democracy and Governance and Service Delivery research programme and is a member of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) unit. He has a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In the last decade, Dr Gordon has published more than thirty peer-review research articles in academic journals and edited volumes. An experienced researcher, his recent research concerns micro-econometric analysis using national attitudinal and household surveys. For the last five years, his main academic interested has been public attitudes towards international migration. In the last two years, with the support of the Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witswaterand, Dr Gordon has been investigating public attitudes towards anti-immigrant hate crime in South Africa.


  • 2018–present
    Senior research specialist, Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral fellow, Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2012–2016
    Research fellow, Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2008–2011
    Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • 2016 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • 2011 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Master of Population Studies
  • 2007 
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau, Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)