The UJ Department of Sociology is actively engaged in critical social research and the CSR provides one vehicle for this commitment. The Centre for Sociological Research was founded by the Department of Sociology in 2001. Over the course of the next six years, staff and students of the Department of Sociology produced a range of publications and other research outputs in order to build the centre, and billed the centre as a co-host of its regular seminar series. The centre was established to the extent that it could become an independent unit within the University of Johannesburg in 2007.
The research projects of the Centre for Sociological Research reflect an interest in issues of identity, race and class, social movements and social unrest, migration and minorities, and different forms of social inequalities. While engaging with colleagues internationally, the centre's focus tends toward the global South, and in particular, Southern Africa, China and India.
The centre is headed up by Prof Tina Uys, a prominent member of the international sociological community, who also serves as head of the UJ Department of Sociology. The centre is actively engaged in two major research projects, one of China - Africa engagement and one on Xenophobia.
The centre does not enroll students, but encourages applications for post-doctoral fellowships and can provide an institutional home to researchers who are able to obtain funding and conduct self-sufficient research and independently produce accredited publications.