The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research entity utilises the inputs from various disciplines, including Work, Educational, Clinical, Counselling and Research Psychology, Risk Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. These multidisciplinary inputs are used to study the optimisation of potential through an approach of moving “from precarity to capability”.

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Prof. Doris Bohman visits Optentia

Prof Doris Bohman visits Optentia from 4 to 29 February 2020. Doris is Head of the Department of Health, School of Health Sciences at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona Sweden. Doris will work with Prof Jaco Hoffman ...Read article

An ethics of care: The soft voice in ethics

On 19 February 2020 (14:00-15:30) Prof. Andries Baart from Utrecht University at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. The topic of the lecture is: “An Ethics of Care: The Soft Voice in Ethics”. The le...Read article

Optentia doctoral candidate participates in expert panel

Thera (Thembelihle) Lobi, a doctoral candidate at the NWU Optentia has been invited to participate in an expert panel to advise on a research project eyewitness memory in cross-cultural contexts. The project focuses on the extent ...Read article

Research project on inclusive entrepreneurship

The business of business is people - today, tomorrow and forever. Anything else, including profits should be viewed as means of enabling the flourishing of people and the planet. With this vision in mind, Prof. Roland Blonk (...Read article

Newsletter, December 2019

Upcoming events



Workshop: Capability approach
Time: 09:00-13:00; Facilitator: Prof. A. Baart; Contact: lynn.booyse...



Positive Psychological Intervention Design
Presenter: Prof. L.E. van Zyl. A practical guide to developing inter...



Public Lecture: An Ethics of Care
Time: 14:00-15:30; Presenter: Prof. A. Baart

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