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Education | Teaching | Learning

General education issues

Professor Ruksana Osman
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Area of expertise: Education
+27 82 457 0626
Ruksana.Osman@wits.ac.za

Mathematics Education

Dr Craig Pournara
Director: Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education
+27 82 696 8381
Craig.Pournara@wits.ac.za 

Science Education

Professor Marissa Rollnick
Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education
+27 82 374 5528
Marissa.Rollnick@wits.ac.za 

Dr Emmanuel Mushayikwa
Senior Lecture: Science Education
+27 82 2615818
Emmanuel.Mushayikwa@wits.ac.za 

Accounting

Thanesha Rajoo
Senior Tutor: Social and Economic Sciences
+27 72 225 5528
Thanesha.Rajoo@wits.ac.za

History

Sipokazi Madida
Lecturer: Social and Economic Sciences
+27 72 822 5850
Sipokazi.madida@wits.ac.za

Visual Arts

Alison Kearney
Lecturer: Art in Education
+27 84 828 3772
Alison.Kearney@wits.ac.za

Music

Dr Alta Van As
Principal Tutor: Art in Education
+27 82 332 2195
Aletta.VanAs@wits.ac.za 

Life Orientation

Dr Rene Ferguson
HOD: Social and Economic Sciences
+27 84 565 2440 
Rene.Ferguson@wits.ac.za

Politics | Governance | Sociology | History | International relations | Security | Mobility

Department of Political Studies

Professor Daryl Glaser 
Department of Political StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Theory and practice of democracy in South Africa 
+27 11 717 4373 
+27 76 140 7340
Daryl.Glaser@wits.ac.za

Professor Sheila Meintjies
Department of Political StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Democracy in multicultural societies; feminist theory and gender politics; violence and conflict transformation.
+27 11 717 4371
+27 82 829 9208
Sheila.Meintjes@wits.ac.za

Dr Antje Schuhmann
Department of Political StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Gender-based violence; Women’s Movements and History; Gender equality and policies; Sexuality related issues; Political Violence; Xenophobia and Racism and Antisemitism; Reconciliation, Memory Politics and Transformation; Social Movements with a special focus on the USA and Europe; German politics, economics, and questions related to the European Union.
+27 11 717 4370
+27 79 651 9651
Antje.Schuhmann@wits.ac.za 

Professor Shireen Hassim 
Department of Political StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Feminist theory and politics; social movements and collective action; the politics of representation; affirmative action; social policy
+27 11 717 4364
Shireen.hassim@wits.ac.za

Professor Lawrence Hamilton
Department of Political StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: South African politics; political economy; political judgement
Books: Freedom is Power and Are South Africans Free?
+27 82 494 9939
Lawrence.hamilton@wits.ac.za

School of Governance

Professor Susan Booysen 
School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Governance, public policy, party politics, protest and civil society 
+27 11 717 3632 
+27 83 290 1636
Susan.Booysen@wits.ac.za

Professor Anthoni van Nieuwkerk
Centre for Defence and Security Management, School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Policy analysis; foreign policy; international relations; African politics; African security
+27 11 717 3927
+27 83 324 5005
Anthoni.vannieuwkerk@wits.ac.za

Professor Alex Van Den Heever
School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Comprehensive social security policy and health policy 
+27 11 717 3944
Alex.vandenheever@wits.ac.za

Professor Patrick Bond 
School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Political economy; political ecology; social movement advocacy

+27 83 425 1401
Patrick.Bond@wits.ac.za

Professor Pundy Pillay
School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Public finance; public policy
+27 83 643 1100
Pundy.pillay@wits.ac.za

Society, Work and Development Institute

Professor Roger Southall 
Society, Work and Development Institute
Areas of interest and research: Politics 
+27 72 731 4552 
Roger.Southall@wits.ac.za
 

Professor Karl von Holdt 
Director: Society Work and Development Institute
+27 11 717 4462
Karl@yeoville.org.za

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research

Professor Sarah Nuttall
Director: Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
+27 717 4226
+27 82 887 7169
Sarah.nuttall@wits.ac.za

Professor Achille Mbembe
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
Areas of interest and research: African history and politics
+27 11717 4225
+27 82 887 7159
Achille.Mbembe@wits.ac.za 

Department of International Relations

Associate Professor Vishwas Satgar 
Department of International RelationsSchool of Social Sciences
+27 82 775 3420 
Vishwas.satgar@wits.ac.za

Professor John Stremlau
Department of International RelationsSchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: US-Africa relations; China; International politics and relations
+27 76 930 1860

John.Stremlau@wits.ac.za

Department of Anthropology

Dr Kelly Gillespie
Department of AnthropologySchool of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Criminal justice, political and legal anthropology, South African history, race, and sexuality 
+27 11 717 4406
Kelly.gillespie@wits.ac.za

Department of Sociology

Professor Devan Pillay 
Department of SociologySchool of Social Sciences
+27 84 556 2131
+27 11 717 4425
Devan.pilay@wits.ac.za

History 

Noor Nieftagodien
Head: History Workshop and South African Research Chair (SARCHi): Local Histories, Present Realities, School of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: History
Published books: Co-author of Ekurhuleni: The Making of an Urban Region, Soweto: An Illustrated History, Alexandra: a history, The Soweto Uprising, The Making of Apartheid in Springs: Group Areas and Forced Removals, Orlando West, Soweto
+27 11 717 4266
+27 82 457 4103
Noor.nieftagodien@wits.ac.za

Tshepo Moloi
History Research Group, School of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Local history/politics; student and youth politics; protest politics
Published book: A Place of Thorns: Black Political Protest in Kroonstad From 1976 (Wits Press, 2015)
+27 11 717 4293
Tshepo.Moloi@wits.ac.za

Gabriele Mohale
Archivist, Historical Papers Research Archive
Areas of interest and research: Apartheid archives; History
+27 11 717 1940
+27 82 452 87950
gabriele.mohale@wits.ac.za 

School of Architecture and Planning

Professor Claire Benit-Gbaffou
School of Architecture and Planning
Areas of interest and research: Urban politics and governance; local government; community engagement; local leadership
Book: Popular Politics in SA Cities
+27 11 717 7718
+ 27 78 613 6024
Benit-gbaffou@wits.ac.za

African Centre for Migration & Society

Professor Loren Landau
South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference: African Centre for Migration & Society
Areas of interest and research: Migration; immigration; xenophobia; local government; urban planning
+27 11 717 4038
+27 83 453 4183
Loren@migration.org.za or Loren.landau@wits.ac.za 

Economics | Business | Finance | Inequality| Labour

School of Economic and Business Sciences

Professor Jannie Rossouw
Head: School of Economic and Business Sciences
+27 11 717 8083
+27 83 288 7707
Jannie.rossouw@wits.ac.za 

Dr Kenneth Creamer 
School of Economic and Business Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Economic Policy
Kenneth.creamer@wits.ac.za 

Professor Umakrishnan Kollamparambil
School of Economic and Business Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Foreign direct investment and capital
+27 11 717 8113
+27 72 211 1746
Umakrishnan.kollamparambil@wits.ac.za 

Gilad Isaacs
National Minimum Wage Research Initiative
School of Economic and Business Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Labour, inequality and macroeconomic policy
+27 82 786 2473
Gilad.isaacs@gmail.com

Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management

Professor Imraan Valodia
Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
Areas of interest and research: Employment, labour markets, informal economy, gender and economics, industrial development, general economic issue
+27 11 717 8011
+27 83 633 5069
Imraan.Valodia@wits.ac.za

School of Governance

Professor Alex van den Heever
School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Health economics and social scurity
+27 11 717 3944
+27 82 339 5243
Alex.Vandenheever@wits.ac.za

Professor Pundy Pillay
School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Public finance; public policy
+27 83 643 1100
Pundy.pillay@wits.ac.za

School of Accountancy

Professor Alwyn de Koker
School of Accountancy
Areas of interest and research: Tax
+27 11 717 8050
+27 82 881 0024
Alwyn.dekoker@wits.ac.za

School of Construction Economics and Management

Professor David Root
Head: School of Construction Economics and Management
Areas of interest and research: Infrastructure developments
+27 11 717 7664 
+27 82 735 3491
David.root@wits.ac.za

Climate | Water | Environment | Conservation | Ecology | Sustainability

School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 

Professor Bob Scholes
World-renowned scientist in systems ecology (regarding African savannas) in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Systems Ecology or 'big picture ecology'; Global climate change; Global biodiversity loss and land degradation. Scholes is one of the lead authors in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on present and future impacts of climate change, and how we can adapt to or reduce it.
+27 11 717 6082
+27 82 2926769
Bob.scholes@wits.ac.za 

Professor Mary Scholes
School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Improving the productivity and sustainability of South African plantation forests and natural savanna ecosystems by applying ecosystem based scientific approaches.
Improving the understanding, at the process level, of the factors controlling trace gas emissions from soils and vegetation and the extrapolation of these data to the Southern African region and globally.
The development of a strong, cohesive postgraduate school and research network of national and international scientists in which I act as both a supervisor and advisor.
+27 11 717 6407
+27 82 889 8670
Mary.Scholes@wits.ac.za 

Professor Graham Alexander
Wits Herpetology LaboratorySchool of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Importance of snakes and predators; Zoology; Ecophysiology Herpetology; Using reptiles as model organisms for understanding processes that limit species to particular places and performances.
+27 11 717 1000
+27 83 393 8809
Graham.alexander@wits.ac.za

Professor Norman Owen-Smith
School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Ecology of large mammalian herbivores, their interactions with vegetation, applications of optimal foraging theory to consumer-resource interactions and population dynamics, with special reference to African savanna ecosystems.
+27 11 717 6454
Norman.owen-smith@wits.ac.za

Nic Venter
Wits Insectary and Quarantine FacilitySchool of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Orchid pollination
+27 11 717 6403
+27 72 5959 382
Nic.venter@wits.ac.za

Professor Ed Witkowski
Head of the Restoration and Conservation Biology Research Group, and Professor of Plant Ecology in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: The population dynamics and regeneration of savanna trees, including fire and browse utilisation by large herbivores in savanna ecosystems; Conservation biology of rare and endangered plants; Restoration of degraded ecosystems; Plant ecophysiology and stress ecology; Sustainable renewable resource use in relation to human livelihoods; Ecology and ecophysiology of sclerophyllous shrubs in mediterranean ecosystems; The biology of problem alien plants and the vegetation of gold slimes dams.
+27 11 717 6428 (preferred)
+27 72 414 4535
Ed.witowski@wits.ac.za

Dr Vivienne Williams
School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Red Listing, risk assessment and threats to medicinal plants; The ethnobotany, ethnoecology and distribution of the root holoparasite Hydnora abyssinica, especially in Zimbabwe; Using ethno-ecological information collected from medicinal plant markets and rural resource users to assess the condition of resources in the wild; The use and trade of an animals for traditional medicine; The trade in alien plant species for traditional medicine; The trade in lion bones from South Africa to Asia.
Vivienne.Williams@wits.ac.za

Global Change Institute

Dr Barend Erasmus
Director of the Global Change Institute and leading expert in the field of climate change impacts, spatial ecology and land cover change
Areas of interest and research: Conservation science, Global change; Biodiversity
+27 11 717 6449
+27 82 821 1144
Barend.erasmus@wits.ac.za

Professor Coleen Vogel
world leader in climate science and Distinguished Professor at the Global Change Institute and the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Climate science; Climate change; the human side of climate change; Trans-disciplinary research to better understand how we can engage the wider public, society and business to make decisions around climate change.
+27 11 717 6603
+27 82 953 9601
Coleen.Vogel@wits.ac.za

Gauteng City-Region Observatory

Christina Culwick
Gauteng City-Region Observatory
Areas of interest and research: Urban sustainability transitions; Resilience; Environmental governance; Transforming Gauteng towards a liveable, inclusive and just city-region.
+27 11 717 7296
+27 83 458 3543
Christina.Culwick@wits.ac.za

Darlington Mushongera
Gauteng City-Region Observatory
Areas of interest and research: Municipal governance and service delivery, particularly water; State function and state practice; Service delivery priorities, outputs and outcomes.
+27 11 717 7295
+27 73 370 9219
Darlington.Mushongera@wits.ac.za

Wits School of Governance

Adjunct Professor Mike Muller
Wits School of Governance
Areas of interest and research: Water infrastructure; Water management; Water delivery; Food and water security; transboundary water management; Intersectoral and regional aspects of water allocation; Sustainable water management; water governance.
+27 11 717 3101
Mikemuller1949@gmail.com (preferred way of communication)
http://wits.academia.edu/MikeMuller

School of Geosciences

Professor Tamiru Abiye
Groundwater expert and Professor in the School of Geosciences
Areas of interest and research: Community water supply problems (availability, pollution assessment, management); Water quality assessment (chemical, bacteriological, organic) and monitoring; Groundwater management and modelling; Groundwater flow and transport; Hydrogeological mapping; Wetland hydrology.
+27 11 717 6586
+27 76 282 0659
Tamiru.Abiye@wits.ac.za

School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies

Professor Stefan Grab
Professor in Physical Geography and climate historian in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Areas of interest and research: Monitoring contemporary climate change and extremes, and impacts on biosystems and agriculture.
+27 11 717 6521
Stefan.grab@wits.ac.za

Professor Jasper Knight
Professor in Physical Geography and geoscientist in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Areas of interest and research: Climate change impacts on glaciers, mountains, rivers and coasts; Climate change and sustainability; Water/food resources; Climate hazards (floods, droughts, sea level rise and landslides).
+27 11 717 6508
+27 71 819 5413
Jasper.knight@wits.ac.za

Professor Danny Simatele
School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Areas of interest and research: Climate change adaptation in urban areas of the developing South Urban and peri-urban transformations; Rural and urban agriculture; Environment and migration; Community-based development and institution building in sub-Saharan Africa; Sustainable development.
+27 11 717 6515
+27 83 383 6884
Danny.Simatele@wits.ac.za

Dr Raeesa Moolla
School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Areas of interest and research: Climatology and synoptic meteorology; Meteorological processes; Issues surrounding air quality; Environmental health risks.
+27 11 717 6522
+27 82 314 4588
Raeesa.Moolla@wits.ac.za

School of Social Sciences

Dr Muchaparara Musemwa
School of Social Sciences
Areas of interest and research: Environmental history of Africa; History and politics water in colonial and post-colonial Zimbabwe; History and impact of droughts/water scarcity and climate change on small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe; Intra-white settler contestation over resources such as minerals, water, timber and grazing in colonial Zimbabwe.
+27 11 717 4311
+27 82 826 4935
Muchaparara.Musemwa@wits.ac.za

Wits School of Law

Professor Tracy-Lynn Humby
Wits School of Law
Areas of interest and research: Regulating the environmental and social impacts of mining, the resilience of social-ecological ecosystems, urban resilience and climate change; Law; Sustainability
+27 11 717 8460
+27 82 777 1713
Tracy-Lynn.Humby@wits.ac.za

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr Precious Biyela
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest and research: Waste Water Engineering; Municipal waste water from collection through treatment to final disposal; Review of wastewater quality; Impact of wastewater disposal on the environment.
+27 11 717 7152
+27 83 860 6609
Precious.Biyela@wits.ac.za

Associate Professor Adesola Ilemobade
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest and research: Water and infrastructure engineering; Water reuse; Water supply and distribution systems design and operation; Developing software based decision support systems; Water demand modelling.
+27 11 717 7153
+27 72 128 2903
Adesola.Ilemobade@wits.ac.za 

Professor Chris James
Co-director of the Centre for Water in the Environment and Emeritus Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest and research: River and wetland hydraulics; Hydraulic structures; Fluvial geomorphology; Eco-hydraulics; Sediment dynamics.
+27 11 717 7115
Chris.James@wits.ac.za

Associate Professor John Ndiritu
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest and research: Water distribution; Flood hydrology; Hydrologic modelling; Integrated water resources systems planning and analysis; Hydroinformatics.
+27 11 717 7134
+27 83 742 8701
John.Ndiritu@wits.ac.za

Professor Akpofure Taigbenu
Professor of Water Engineering, Head of the Water Research Group and Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of interest and research: Hydraulics; Hybrid computational and integrated modelling applied to various water resource problems, particularly those affecting vulnerable groups of society.
+27 11 717 7136
+27 72 959 6740
Akpofure.Taigbenu@wits.ac.za

School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Dr Kevin Harding
Industrial and Mining Water Research UnitSchool of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Areas of interest and research: Cross-disciplinary water related issues; Reduce environmental burdens through the use of biotechnology; Life Cycle Assessment; Cradle to grave environmental impacts; Industrial water related issues; Water treatment.
+27 11 717 7576
+27 84 646 4840
Kevin.harding@wits.ac.za

Associate Professor Craig Sheridan
Director of the Centre in Water Research and Development (CIWaRD) and Associate Professor in the Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Areas of interest and research: Water; Processing and treatment of agricultural, industrial and mine effluent streams; Ways to reduce or mitigate the impact of man on the water resource; Sustainability.
+27 11 717 7592
+27 84 706 7525
Craig.Sheridan@wits.ac.za      

Deaf studies | Speech and Audiology

Dr Victor De Andrade
Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologySchool of Human and Community Development
Areas of interest and research: Socio-cultural and contextual aspects of deafness; auditory diagnosis and rehabilitation of deafness; the phenomenology and experience of deafness, including third-party disability.
+27 11 717 4570
Victor.DeAndrade@wits.ac.za 

Professor Claudine Storbeck
Centre for Deaf StudiesWits School of Education
Areas of interest and research: Paediatric hearing; early intervention; family support
+27 11 717 3750
+27 83 324 1588
Claudine.Storbeck@wits.ac.za / Claudine.storbeck@gmail.com 

Dhanashree Pillay
Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologySchool of Human and Community Development
Areas of interest and research: Amplification; traditional healing; alternative healing; Ototacoustic Emissions Testing
+27 11 717 4564
Dhanashree.Pillay@wits.ac.za 

Selvarani Moodley
Centre for Deaf StudiesWits School of Education
Areas of interest and research: Paediatric audiology; early intervention; cochlear implants
+27 11 717 3354
+27 83 234 9826
Selvarani.Moodley@wits.ac.za 

Professor Katijah Khoza-Shangase
Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologySchool of Human and Community Development
Areas of interest and research: Hearing loss in HIV/ AIDS; ototoxicity (drug-induced hearing loss); early intervention in audiology; noise induced hearing loss
+27 11 717 4565
+27 82 339 0605
Katijah.Khoza-Shangase@wits.ac.za 

Luisa Petrocchi-Bartal
Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologySchool of Human and Community Development
Areas of interest and research: Occupational audiology; paediatric audiology; early intervention
+27 11 717 4568
Luisa.Petrocchi-bartal@wits.ac.za 

Nomfundo Moroe
Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologySchool of Human and Community Development
Areas of interest and research: Aural rehabilitation; auditory evoked potentials; Deafness and Deaf culture; the impact of excessive noise on the wellbeing and quality of life in people exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace
+27 11 717 4573
+27 82 317 8862
Nomfundo.Moroe@wits.ac.za 

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