GCRO Five-Year Strategic Framework 2020–2025
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) has been operational since December 2008. In the five years since the last phase of strategic planning, there have been several significant developments in both the external context in which the GCRO is embedded and within the GCRO itself. Three extensions of the GCRO’s conditions – size, complexity and reach – have together required rethinking our internal organisation in several ways. Accordingly, the Board has approved the new Strategic Framework for the 2020–2025 period, which reflects the decisions made to manage these changing conditions.
This Strategic Framework covers the period from April 2020 to March 2025 and identifies nine goals to guide the GCRO on its journey to 2025. Broadly, the GCRO system is about the co-production and dissemination of knowledge to address the pressing needs of the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) – socio-economic, environmental, etc. And, in addition to the nine goals, this new framework details nine thematically focused programmes of research for the next five years, namely poverty, inequality and social mobility; quality of life; spatial transformation; inclusive economies; the governance agenda for the GCR; histories and futures of the GCR; sustainability and just transitions; social change; and data analytics, informatics and visualisation.
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