I am Professor and John Langalibalele Dube Chair in Rural Education in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. My areas of research include rural education, gender and education, sexual and reproductive health education, girlhood studies and girls education in Southern African contexts.
My research uses participatory visual methods, including photovoice, drawing, cellphilms and digital story telling. My current projects include the Networks for Change and Wellbeing: Girl-led ‘From the Ground Up’ Policy-making to Address Sexual Violence in Canada and South Africa, in which I am co-PI with Claudia Mitchell (McGill University). Claudia and I have co-editor the 2018 book: Disrupting Shameful Legacies: Girls and Young Women Speak Back Through the Arts to Address Sexual Violence. Rotterdam: Brill/Sense Publishers.
As recognition for my work on addressing poverty in rural communities, I was the 2012 winner of the Distinguished Women in Science (Humanities) Award presented by the National Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. In 2014, I was an Echidna Global Scholar at Brookings Institutions’ Centre for Universal Education, where I completed a research report: The Need for Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Education to Address Barriers to Girls’ Educational Outcomes in South Africa. Washington, DC: Centre for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution.