On Thursday, 13 September 2018, the University of Mauritius, in collaboration with the University of Wollongong, Australia, held a research day in commemoration of the university's 50th Anniversary. The theme was 'La main dans la main? / Hand in Hand? / Lame dan lame?' The articles in this special issue of Research Online were published in 2019 and are drawn from presentations at the colloquium. All articles have been peer-reviewed.