People

People

SASPRI comprises a group of academics and researchers committed to the generation of high quality research, both qualitative and quantitative, to help generate the evidence base for the implementation of evidence informed policy.

David Avenell is SASPRI’s GIS specialist.

Dr Helen Barnes is a Director and Senior Research Fellow whose research interests are in the areas of poverty and deprivation, particularly with regard to children, and also tax-benefit microsimulation.

Christine Byaruhanga is a Research Associate with expertise in tax-benefit microsimulation and health economics.

Jabulani Jele is is a Research Associate with research interests in GIS and spatial measures of deprivation and inequality.

Dr Faith Masekesa a Research Associate with research interests in microsimulation modelling and poverty and inequality research.

Dr David McLennan is a Director and Senior Research Fellow whose main interests are in small area deprivation and small area measures of segregation and inequality. He also has a keen interest in the relationship between crime and deprivation/inequality.

Michell Mpike is a Research Associate.

Avela Njwambe is a Research Associate with interests including issues of rurality, belonging, and gender, and she is dedicated in the alleviation of poverty, inequality and injustice in society.

Prof Michael Noble CBE is Executive Director of SASPRI. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford in the UK, Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. He is a Research Affiliate, Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis, at the University of Essex. His main research interests are in poverty, deprivation, inequality, tax policy and social security policy particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. He specialises in quantitative research methods and tax-benefit microsimulation and is committed to evidence-informed policy making. 

Dr Phakama Ntshongwana is an Associate Fellow of SASPRI. She is Campus Principal at the Missionvale Campus of Nelson Mandela University South Africa. Her research interests include income maintenance policy in South Africa and more particularly social security provision for low income lone mothers and their children.

Prof Gemma Wright is SASPRI’s Research Director. She is a Professor Extraordinarius at the Archie Mafeje Institute for Applied Social Policy Research at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is a Research Affiliate, Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis, at the University of Essex.She has a special interest in poverty, child poverty, social security policy and tax-benefit microsimulation.

Prof Robert van Niekerk is an Associate Fellow of SASPRI. He is a professor in the Wits School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests are in the institutional history, ideologies and understandings of social policy and social change in South Africa. He also has an interest in social policy in a post-apartheid South Africa – particularly polices aimed at overcoming inequality and developing social rights of citizenship and the “good society” – and the factors which account for success and failure in policy implementation.

Dr Wanga Zembe is a Director of SASPRI and a Specialist Scientist in Health Systems Research at the South African Medical Research Council .She has research experience in deprivation, child poverty and child health. Her main interests are research and teaching in Social Policy, specifically as this relates to poverty and inequality.