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WSG academic staff

There are over 40 highly qualified academics, including full and part time staff, at the WSG. With a broad diversity of experience and sectoral focus, we are in a position to offer over 40 short courses. Our academics are known for advising African policymakers on foreign and national security policy processes and frameworks as well as local policy makers. They have experience in social activism, working with trade unions and in global organisations. Several are sought-after for interviews and contribute to media reports by providing their expert analysis on various subjects.

Professor David Everatt

David Everatt, Head of the Wits School of Governance, is the former Executive Director of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and a founding partner of the Africa-wide consultancy, Strategy & Tactics. He has over 20 years of experience in applied socio-economic and development research, designing and implementing anti-poverty, civic education and good governance programmes, designing monitoring systems, and programme evaluation. He has managed and/or participated in over 300 development projects, primarily in Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in applied socio-economic and development research, designing and implementing anti-poverty, civic education and good governance programmes, designing monitoring systems, and programme evaluation. He has managed and/or participated in over 300 development projects, primarily in Africa.

He was responsible for path-breaking research into youth marginalisation and out-of-school youth in South Africa in the early 1990s; his research into political violence was quoted by former President Nelson Mandela at the UN; he was the chief evaluator of the South African Constitutional Assembly between 1995 and 1997; and has served on successive ANC election polling teams since 1994 until the present. Everatt designed civic education programmes in Kenya and Uganda, and led the Advisory Team reviewing Kenya’s massive Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reform Programme. He also headed a massive two-year study of sustainable livelihoods in the 21 poorest nodal areas in South Africa.

Everatt served on the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa until 2012, was Vice-President (sub-Saharan Africa) for the ‘Sociology of Youth’ committee of the International Sociological Association for 13 years, and now sits on their Advisory Board, and is also a member of the International Political Science Association. He is a Trustee of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, and a member of the National Statistics Council, and serves on the Board of the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. David has published six books, and his articles have appeared in local and international journals, for which he is a regular reviewer. Everatt is happily married with two wonderful children.

Research Interests

  • Politics, polling and voting behaviour
  • Youth development
  • Development, poverty and inequality
  • Non-racialism, race and identity
  • Governance and reform
  • Public participation

Email: david.everatt@wits.ac.za 

Dr Caryn Abrahams

Caryn Abrahams, a senior lecturer, holds a PhD in Social and Political Science from the University of Edinburgh, in the Centre for African Studies. 

She completed her Masters, Honours and undergrad degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand, with specialisation in Human and Urban Geography. Before joining the WSG, Caryn was a senior researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory – a partnership of Wits University, University of Johannesburg and Gauteng Province – where she focused on social cohesion, anti-racism, urban inclusion, and urban food systems in Gauteng Province.

Previously, Abrahams completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Development Studies at UNISA, and was the research manager at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, a prominent civil society organisation concerned with deepening non-racialism in South Africa. At the NGO she designed an exhibition on Eight Decades of Kathrada’s Life, oversaw public discussion series, commissioned research and contributed to the Presidency’s 20 Year Review on Social Cohesion.

Before completing her doctoral studies, Abrahams lectured development and post-development at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Geography. She has guest lectured at the University of Edinburgh, Sociology, and taught a module on Sustainable Development at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Abrahams’ research and publications are concerned with two areas of work – governing urban food systems (the basis of her doctoral studies), and anti-racism and social cohesion (an interest that grew from her civil society involvement). She has published work on alternative food networks in the developing South, supermarkets and informal food markets, and the developmental imperative in urban food systems thinking. She has also published work on non-racialism, social cohesion, and has forthcoming chapters on the future of race in South Africa, and uncertainty and nation-building in South Africa in edited collections. She is the editor of and contributor to the GCRO’s Pathways to Anti-Racism (2016). Her interest in governance brings together these bodies of work – how food systems or societal interaction are co-governed by the interests at work, particularly by the imperatives of ordinary people. 

Abrahams’ research is anti-disciplinary as it draws on a range of scholarship broadly in the social sciences – urban studies, development, economic geography, sociology, politics – but is not confined to a particular discipline. Her research interests and curiosities include anti-racism, urban inclusion, urbanity, urban food systems, urban society, Batho Pele governance, micro forms of governance, and localisation. 

Research interests:

  • Urban planning 
  • Development 
  • Agribusiness 
  • Intergovernmental relations and governance 
  • Local councillors and local politics 
  • Race, social cohesion and social change

Email: caryn.abrahams@wits.ac.za 

Professor Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond, a Professor of Political Economy, combines political economy and political ecology in his research and applied work. He is a professor of political economy at the Wits School of Governance and honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Built Environment and Development Studies where from 2004 until 2016 he directed the Centre for Civil Society. Prior to that he was a professor at the WSG from 1997 until 2004 and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and also held visiting professorships at York University and the University of California/Berkeley on sabbaticals. During the 1990s he served at the Johannesburg NGOs Planact and the National Institute for Economic Policy and from 1994 until 2000 drafted more than a dozen government policy documents, including the White Paper on Reconstruction and Development. Bond has written several books.

He earned his doctorate in economic geography under the supervision of David Harvey at Johns Hopkins following (non-degreed) studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and an undergraduate economics degree at Swarthmore College. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1961, was raised in the US states of Alabama and Maryland, and since 1989 has been a resident of Southern Africa.

Research interests:

  • Political economy
  • Political ecology
  • Social movement advocacy

Email: patrick.bond@wits.ac.za 

Professor Susan Booysen

Susan Booysen is a professor at the WSG, author of three solo-authored and three edited books and highly experienced researcher in politics, public policy and governance. 

She started her academic career at the University of Johannesburg in its ‘RAU days’ and then moved to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she was head of department, director of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Acting Dean. She has been at Wits since 2005.

Booysen has been active in applied research for well over twenty years and has worked with a wide range of government agencies, national and international non-governmental organisations and research institutions. She has excellent skills in qualitative and quantitative research and has a particular interest in the government-civil society interface. Many of her projects have concerned public participation, public consultation, public policy and institutional design, and policy evaluation and review.

She is a past president of the South African Association of Political Studies and serves on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Political Studies, Politikon. She holds a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of Johannesburg and has obtained both her Honours and Masters degrees cum laude. She has published more than fifty book chapters and research articles in refereed national and international journals. The Wits Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management recognised her as ‘Top 5 Researcher’ for 2015. Booysen is also a political analyst, media commentator and regular columnist for a range of online and print publications.

Email: susan@booysen@wits.ac.za 

Murray Cairns

Murray Cairns is a principal tutor and joined the WSG in 1997 as finance manager, and remained on the administrative staff of the School in various capacities until 2009 when he became an academic. He runs the Writing Centre at the school, and is the Convenor for the Masters of Management. His teaching started in the area of HIV and AIDS both at WSG and the Wits Business School, but has moved to research conceptualisation, research methods and proposal development. Cairns’ teaching is focused on assisting students to conceptualise and define their research focus, to build an analytical lens, and to explore the literatures that guide their disciplinary area.

Cairns supervises in the broad area of the social response HIV and AIDS, HIV and AIDS policy analysis and implementation.  Much of his supervision has focused on policy issues that affect minorities and vulnerable groups, as well as broad policy implementation topics. He provides support to the school in the development and construction of curricula for degrees and short courses, as well as system development and web application development.

Email: Murray.Cairns@wits.ac.za 

Professor Gavin Cawthra

Gavin Cawthra, Chair in Defence and Security Management, is a former Director of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (and later research director). He was previously a co-ordinator of the Military Research Group, Director of the Committee on South African War Resistance, and Research Officer at the International Defence and Aid Fund (UK).

He holds a PhD from King’s College, University of London and a BA Honours (cum laude) from the University of Natal. He has published eight books as well as numerous journal and other articles, and his publications have been translated into several languages. The books he has written include: The Apartheid War Machine; Namibia: the Facts; Policing South Africa and Securing South Africa’s Democracy.

Having spent many years in exile during the apartheid period, he was active in the liberation movement, specialising in research into security issues. He has lectured in more than 20 countries in Africa and wider afield and has received a number of international scholarships, research grants and awards. A consultant to government, NGOs and international organisations, Cawthra lectures in policy studies and security studies, and convenes degrees in management of security. 

Email: gavin.cawthra@wits.ac.za 

Dr Lynn Hewlett

Dr Lynn Hewlett, senior lecturer, teaches qualitative research methodology courses and is currently convenor of the PhD and Master’s degree by dissertation programme. She has served on numerous university and faculty committees and has been an Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning) for the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management. She has consulted, taught and researched in the areas of curriculum, education and training policy and practices, workplace learning and evaluation of learning programmes. She has developed curricula and materials for adult and basic education and academic literacy courses at tertiary level and for capacity building initiatives in the public sector. She has been involved in research and development in relation to capacity building for government departments in South Africa and Mozambique and for the NGO sector in East Africa.

Her research interests encompass higher education policy and practices, curriculum, capacity building and development, literacy and language studies and educational development. Her previous work has included research and development in relation to curriculum, education and training, academic literacies, developing workplace learning initiatives, HIV/AIDS and student learning. Her current research interests include knowledge and professional education, youth development and young women and sexual health.

Prior to joining the WSG in 1999 she worked in further and higher education in South Africa and the UK. She has been a lecturer in higher education and further, adult and continuing education in the UK, an assistant lecturer in the English Department at the University of Cape Town, a lecturer in the Department of Applied English Language Studies at Wits University and an independent researcher and consultant in education and development. She has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and programmes in the fields of Public Management, Education and English Language Studies and has been involved in education development work in higher education.

Her general areas of specialisation for supervision include: Higher education policy and curriculum; educational development and knowledge and curriculum in professional education.

Email: Lynn.Hewlett@wits.ac.za 

Marcel T. Korth

Marcel Tsholofelo Korth is a Lecturer in the Wits School of Governance. He holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg (2008). His current teaching and applied work focus on monitoring and evaluation, and his supervision revolves around monitoring systems, evaluation, and the use of evidence in decision-making, as well as youth development and gender-based violence.

Marcel's background is in social justice work. He joined Wits from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) where he served as M&E Advisor for 15 countries in the southern African region. Prior appointments include Research Specialist at the University of Johannesburg with a focus on the use of evidence for policy-making; Programme Manager for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s southern African Criminal Justice and Violence against Women programme; and Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg, with a focus on Children and Youth, Gender, Urban Development and Research Methodology. Marcel’s practical experience spans from working in and supporting a number of community-based organisations, primarily in youth development, to developing and managing social development programmes across the SADC region. 

Email: marcel.korth@wits.ac.za 

Salim Latib

Salim Latib, a lecturer, worked as a senior manager in government and as a consultant for a range of national and international organisations in governance and public management. He also served as an International IDEA funded Democracy and Governance Coordinator in the Department of Political Affairs in the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During his stay in Addis Ababa, Latib worked directly with the Commissioner for Political Affairs at the African Union and was actively involved in shaping and implementing the African Union agenda on Shared Values and the processes leading to the establishment of the African Governance Architecture.

In addition to teaching in governance, leadership and public value, Latib is actively involved in a range of consultancy projects and research initiatives in governance. He is also involved in the design and delivery of executive level training and education programmes.

Latib has extensive experience in the public and development sector. He also served as the first Senior Manager of Africa and International Engagements in the Department. In addition to starting and managing a small Information Technology company in 2004, Salim served as a consultant to, amongst others, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the United Nations Development Programme and the African Union Commission. He returned to academia in 2011 and was formally appointed as a lecturer in 2015.

Latib completed a Bachelors in Public Administration at the then University of Durban Westville. This was followed by Honours in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He subsequently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Masters in Management at the Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management. In addition to supervision in the core areas of Public Administration and Governance, Latib has particular interest in the role and efficacy of multilateral institutions in governance, democracy and human-rights. Latib is able to provide supervision support in the wider terrain of governance, but has a specific interest and focus on representation, political leadership, the management of the political-administrative interface, the conceptualisation and construction of public value and the collection and use of evidence for policy adjustments and change.

Odile Mackett

Odile Mackett, a lecturer, holds a Masters of Commerce degree in Development Theory and Policy from Wits University, a Bachelor of Commerce honours degree in International Trade and Finance, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies (majoring in Politics and Economics), both from the University of Johannesburg. Odile started her academic career at the University of South Africa in the Economics department, teaching undergraduate economics. She currently lectures quantitative methods and economics.

Research interests:

  • Labour markets
  • Poverty and inequality

Email: odile.mackett@wits.ac.za 

Kholiswa Malindini

Kholiswa Malindini is a lecturer and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She completed her Honours and undergraduate degrees at Walter Sisulu University, with specialisation in Economics and Econometrics. Before joining the WSG, Malindini was a full-time teacher at Umtata high School and a part-time lecturer at Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape where she taught economics and business management. She currently lectures economics and quantitative methods.

Email: kholiswa.malindini@wits.ac.za 

Dr Desné Masie

Dr Desné Masie is a visiting scholar at the Wits School of Governance (WSG) in international political economy, with particular research interests in financial economics and African political economy. She has lectured legal aspects of international finance at SOAS and public finance at WSG. She holds a PhD in Finance (Edinburgh) and MSc Finance & Financial Law (SOAS, London).

Desné also has substantial experience in international business and policy analysis. In London, she was the corporate relationship manager of the Royal African Society, and in Johannesburg, the capital markets editor at the Financial Mail and a consultant at the Alexander Forbes Group.

Desné engages regularly in public debate. She is the co-host of the African Arguments podcast, an economics contributor to The Times and New African Magazine, and an associate of the Democracy Works Foundation. She has had invited speaking engagements at the Frontline Club, the UK Parliament, the London School of Economics, the Business Council for Africa, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London, the Royal African Society, Oxford University, Deutsche Bank and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Email: desne.masie@wits.ac.za 

Dr Johnny Matshabaphala

Matshabaphala is a senior lecturer and holds a  D. Litt et Phil and UED. Prior to joining the WSG, Matshabaphala worked as a lecturer and Coordinator of the Development and Facilitation Institute at the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership at the then University of the North. He also served as an Acting-Director of the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership. In 2001, he served as the Chairman of the Leadership Academy of the Leadership Regional Network. In 1998 and 2004 respectively, he participated in Research Development Programmes in Germany and Norway. Matshabaphala belongs to the inaugural class of the International Programme in Leadership and Management in Higher Education at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

He teaches courses in the areas of leadership, strategy, and project management and facilitated courses in these areas in Limpopo (South Africa), Botswana, Namibia, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and the University of Pittsburgh (USA). He also facilitates these courses with the South African National Defence College. He serves as an external examiner in various development, leadership and management courses at the Universities of Fort Hare, Limpopo, North-West, Stellenbosch, Venda, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the University of South Africa.

In 2005 he served as an Acting-Director of the WSG. Matshabaphala is an Associate Fellow of the Graduate School of Public International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA.

Research areas:

  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Governance
  • Public Management Ethics
Dr Darlene Miller

Dr Miller, a senior lecturer, completed a Doctorate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, with a focus on regional political economy. In her activist days she was the National Education Coordinator of SACCAWU, a COSATU retail trade union. She was also the Director of the Institute for African Alternatives, South Africa, a research and training Institute with chapters in London and across Africa. Her recent work includes film documentaries on women’s leadership, as well as project management of research on large-scale land acquisitions in Southern Africa. She was the Bloomberg Africa Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York in the year of 9/11 and Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council for the International Social Science Council, Paris. Her current research interests are feminist critiques of patriarchal accumulation in Southern Africa, women in leadership and food governance.

Email: darlene.miller@wits.ac.za 

Dikgang Motsepe

Motsepe is an economist and a senior lecturer at the WSG, focusing on macro-economic policy, and public finance.

Motsepe has a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch, and both a BCom and BCom (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Before joining academia, he worked as a senior economist at the NEPAD Secretariat in the office of Professor Nkuhlu, the Economic Advisor to President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki and Chairman of the NEPAD Steering Committee; Programme Manager/Economist at the Business Trust, managing the community investment programme focusing on the Presidential Nodal Economic Development Programme; and a financial market economist at the South African Reserve Bank. Motsepe has gained experience in the field of financial markets and development economics.

Email: Motsepe@wits.ac.za

Professor Pundy Pillay

Professor Pundy Pillay is a Professor of Economics and Public Finance and the Research Director at the WSG. He earned a PhD in Economics and an MA in Economics from the University of Cape Town. He completed his BA Honours at Wits University. Prior to joining the school he was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of the Western Cape and Johannesburg from 2007 to 2010. Between 2001 and 2007 he was a Senior Economist at RTI International. He was Head of the Policy Unit in the Office of the President between 1998 and 2000 and the Executive Director of the Financial and Fiscal Commission between 1995 and 1997. He began his academic career at the University of Cape Town where he was a Senior Lecturer in Economics from 1983 to 1994.

Pillay’s publications include the books Higher Education in the BRICS countries (2015), co-edited with Simon Schwarzmann and Romulo Pinheiro, Springer; Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa(2015), with N Cloete, P Maassen, T Bailey, and I Bunting, CHET, Cape Town; Linking Higher Education and Economic Development: Implications for Africa from Three Successful Systems, (2010) CHET, Cape Town.

In addition to these, he has written the following journals and book chapters:

Pillay et al: Designing a Pro-Poor Bus Fare Policy for the City of Johannesburg, being considered for publication in ‘Research in Transportation Economics’; Research and Innovation in South Africa – in Schwartzmann et al (eds.),

Higher Education in the BRICS countries (2015); Pillay et al: Improving the fit: Making the Skills Development Levies Act work better in South African government departments, Journal of Public Administration, 49 (2), June 2014;

Pillay et al: Unemployment, vulnerability and economic empowerment: implications for career guidance and counseling for youth in South Africa (2014) in International Handbook of Career Guidance; Student Financing in the Developing World: Africa, (2013) in Student Financing of Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective, eds. Donald E Heller and Claire Callender.

He is currently leading the WSG’s participation in an international five-university Horizon 2020 research project on “The EU and Global Justice”. The universities are Oslo, Bologna, Dublin, Tubingen (Germany), and Wits. WSG is leading research on “Trade, development and global justice” in the project.

Research interests:

  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Public Finance
  • The Political Economy of Development in Africa
  • Economics of Education
  • Inequality and Poverty

Email: Pundy.Pillay@wits.ac.za 

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky

Sarakinsky, the Academic Director at the WSG, is a political philosopher who teaches public governance and the green economy at the WSG. He has supervised numerous topics in these areas and his research is published in top-rated international and national scholarly journals. He has direct experience of the public sector as a Chief Director responsible for the Green Economy in the Economic Development Department. He has also engaged in numerous consulting projects ranging from helping develop the governance assessment methodology for NEPAD’s African Peer Review Mechanism to working with municipalities on their Green Economy strategies and implementation processes. His current research deals with the changing nature of governance from static processes of accountability to complexity and the coordination of institutional sub-units to enable responsiveness to rapidly changing societal demands. These ideas inform his work on the green economy - institutional and financial adaptation and innovation are critical factors for responding to environmental eco-systems while addressing economic growth and employment creation.

Research interests:

  • Green Economy
  • South African Public Governance: national, provincial and local
  • State Owned Enterprise Governance
  • Governance, Corruption and Development Issues
  • Political Theory, Ethics and Governance
  • Policy, Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation

Email: Ivor.Sarakinsky@wits.ac.za 

Professor Alex van den Heever

Van den Heever presently holds the Chair of Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and is an adjunct professor in the Wits School of Governance.

He holds a Masters in economics from the University of Cape Town and has worked in the areas of health economics and finance, public finance and social security in various capacities over the past 23 years.

This includes participation in the Melamet Commission of Inquiry into medical schemes, the Taylor Committee of Inquiry into Comprehensive Social Security, and the Ministerial Task team on Social Health Insurance.

Over the period 2000 to 2010 he worked as an advisor to the Council for Medical Schemes, which he was responsible for establishing, and in an advisory capacity to the social security policy processes (including the Department of Social Development, the National Treasury, and the Inter-departmental Task Team on Social Security) taking forward the recommendations of the Taylor Committee.

Research interests:

  • Health and social security policy
  • Health economics and finance
  • Social security finance
  • Public finance
  • Competition economics
  • Governance and accountability
Professor Anthoni van Nieuwkerk

Van Nieuwkerk holds an MA in political science from the University of Johannesburg and a PhD in international relations from Wits University, Johannesburg. He has been research-active from the early 1990s and has pursued an academic career in teaching, training and policy analysis from 2000.  

He acquired extensive management skills as research director at the Institute for Global Dialogue, the Wits School of Governance and as Assistant Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at Wits. In 2013 he received recognition by the National Research Foundation as a rated scholar.

He teaches and supervises postgraduate students in the areas of public policy, African security, and international relations (with an interest in foreign policy analysis).

Van Nieuwkerk publishes widely on foreign and security policy, has participated in several scenarios development exercises, and has broad experience with advising African policymakers on foreign and national security policy processes and frameworks.

He is a visiting lecturer and external examiner at academic and training institutions in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent, and serves as editorial board member of the accredited journals African Security, South African Journal of International Affairs, and the European Journal of International Studies.

Email: Anthoni.VanNieuwkerk@wits.ac.za 

Merle Werbeloff

Werbeloff is a registered industrial psychologist working in applied statistics, data mining and data modelling. She has worked in a sessional capacity for WSG for over 15 years, teaching quantitative analytical methods, quantitative research methodology and computer literacy to some thousands of post graduate students. She has advised on numerous PhD and Masters theses at WSG, WBS, UP and Monash SA among other universities, and trained and consulted on the use of major statistical software. She has several years of running an independent statistics and methodology practice, and worked on projects involving analysis of national databases. Her special interests include crime statistics, human rights and adult numeracy. She is the statistical analyst of several joint papers.

In January 2016 she consolidated her academic activities as a quantitative analysis and methodology lecturer at WSG and began the pursuit of her own doctoral studies at Wits in the field of adult numeracy, judgment and decision making. This topic is in line with her passion to reduce and even reverse the almost universal fear of statistics and numbers that seems to haunt most students (and some academics), and to channel their energies more positively into quantitative research.

Email: Merle.Werbeloff@wits.ac.za 

Dr Kambidima Wotela

Wotela is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar and a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow. He studied demography and population studies for all his degrees. During his studies, he picked up academic skills in ethnography, quantitative and qualitative research approaches, designs, and methods.

He started his career life in 1994 working for the Zambian planning department—the former National Commission for Development Planning as an economist cum demographer and rose to the post of senior planner in 1999 before he left in 2001. As a civil servant, he picked up practical skills in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. He put these skills to use when he joined a World Bank initiated technical intervention—called the Technical Education Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) Development Programme—as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. In this capacity, he designed the TEVET monitoring and evaluation system including a mechanism for tracking and reporting on the progress of students graduating from institutions offering technical and vocational training in Zambia. In addition, after completing his Master of Science degree in 1998, he lectured part-time at the University of Zambia before he took up the position on a full-time basis. He left Zambia in 2004 to pursue his doctoral degree with the prestigious Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe) at the University of Cape Town.

Wotela teaches analytical methods, research methodology, and economic development and population trends at the Wits School of Governance. He also supervises research students pursuing their masters and doctoral degrees in public and development management. He continues to write on Zambian history, anthropology, and demography as he takes up a new line of research in development, public policy, leadership, governance, monitoring and evaluation.

Research interests:

  • Development interventions
  • Public policy
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Currently, Wotela is pursing three research strands:

Development interventions particularly institutionalisation and tuition of monitoring and evaluation as well as the link between development, public policy, leadership, governance, monitoring and evaluation.

Business and public administration students' research techniques, tuition and supervision particularly structured approaches to (i.) conceptualising "what" research and (ii.) deriving interpretive (theoretical) and conceptual "how" frameworks.

Zambian demography and population studies.

Email: Kambidima.Wotela@wits.ac.za 

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