Small Town Regeneration Research Programme

Aspire - Amathole Beyond Limits


Aspire, registered as the Amathole Economic Development Agency, is a Pty Ltd company and is wholly owned by the Amathole District Municipality. Our vision is to be a pioneer in the stimulation of spatial economic development.
ASPIRE and the Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER) seek five suitably qualified students to participate in a new programme focused on Small Town Regeneration in the Amathole District. The students will be requested to undertake development-related social and economic research in one of five small towns, namely Adelaide, Bedford, Cathcart, Keiskammahoek and Peddie.
The students will be based at FHISER where they will receive supervision for their studies. The students will be expected to reside in the town of their choice for a minimum of three months while undertaking research and will produce a comprehensive report on the basis of this research to ASPIRE. Under supervision at FHISER and with support from the University, the students will proceed to complete Masters or PhD theses with the University. The emphasis of the programme is on the involvement of students in original and engaged social and economic research in Eastern Cape small towns.