Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) is one of UCT's four multi-disciplinary strategic initiatives identified by Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price (left in picture) in his installation address in 2008. It facilitates debate, research and interventions across the university on understanding and responding to violence as well as promoting safety.
In response to an appeal for proposals at the end of 2009, Dr Catherine Ward of the Department of Psychology corrals UCT scholars and researchers from across the campus and proposes the establishment of SaVI.
The Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Fund earmarks R500 000 for SaVI's start-up research projects. A steering committee is created.
UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) makes its public debut on 1 April. The Initiative brings together scholars from the African Centre for Cities, the Institute of Criminology, the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit, the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit, the Department of Psychology, the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, the Department of Social Anthropology, the Department of Social Development, the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR), the School of Economics, and the Department of Surgery, among others.
In October, alumnus Guy Lamb is appointed first director. He sets up office in the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit in the Kramer Building.
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