University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa
Director for Civil Society
University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban
Telephone: 27 31 260 2454/260 3195
Fax no.: 27 31 260 2502
A political economist with longstanding research interests and NGO work in urban communities and with global justice movements in several countries. He teaches political economy and eco-social policy, directs the Centre for Civil Society and is involved in research on economic justice, geopolitics, climate, energy and water. He worked at Johannesburg NGOs during the early and mid-1990s, and at several social justice agencies in Washington and Philadelphia during the 1980s. He was educated at Swarthmore College’s Department of Economics, the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he received his PhD in 1993.
Centre for Civil Society, School of Development Studies
University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban
Tel: 27 31 260 2940
Shauna completed both her MA and PhD in Political Studies. Her broad area of interest is democratic consolidation / democratic deepening in South Africa. During her time at the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa she worked on issues related to electoral processes and outcomes in Southern Africa. While at the Centre for Policy Studies her research focus was local government in South Africa and its mandate to provide water, electricity and health (HIV/AIDS related) services. Her research at the Centre for Civil Society included an examination of the Treatment Action Campaign for the Globalization, Marginalization and New Social Movements project. She has also worked on research initiatives for the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes examining the role of Human Rights Commissions in peacebuilding, peace agreements, mediation and electoral conflict management. Her current area of research is philanthropy and social entrepreneurship with a focus on civil society and the role of philanthropy in social change.
Vuyiseka joined the HIV movement when she was 22 after testing HIV positive. At the time, she was studying for her post-matric qualification and working to finance her studies. She started as a volunteer of the Treatment Action Campaign in Samora Machel, a township outside of Cape Town. She soon became employed and was instrumental in building branches in the Western Cape in 2001. Over the years she rose as a strong leader to finally be elected as the General Secretary in 2008. In 2012 she was re-elected. Vuyiseka is a woman openly living with HIV since 2001. Born in Idutywa in the Eastern Cape, she went to J.S Skenjana senior secondary school in the Eastern Cape and completed her high schooling at Thandokhulu high in Mowbray. Vuyiseka holds a B.A. in health sciences and social services: majoring in Psychology from the University of South Africa, 2008. In 2011, she completed her Masters in HIV management from the University of Stellenbosch. She also went to Sussex University as a visiting scholar and completed a master’s course on social research methods.Other leadership roles: Vuyiseka holds many leadership roles in other structures. To name but a few, she is the national representative for People living with HIV in the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). She is the chairperson of Section 27 and chair of Corruption Watch, served in the health ministerial technical task team on leadership and governance in 2009 and recently appointed by the current minister of health to serve in the medicines procurement technical task team 2012. She recently founded the Activist Centre for Education and Development aimed at assisting activists to further their higher education studies.Leadership recognitions: Vuyiseka was awarded by the University of Oslo, Norway as a “courageous leader” in 2003. She was awarded the Chevening leadership scholarship by the British council and DFID in 2009. She was awarded with a “leadership award” by the John Lloyd foundation in the United States of America in 2010. She was nominated as one of the Mail and Guardian 300 young South Africans Vuyiseka Dubula’s profil worth taking out to lunch 2009.
Tamaryn completed her Masters in Research Psychology and research assistantship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Her current research relates to HIV stigma,stereotypes, gender and race. She is also interested in feminist methods, discourse analysis and critical social psychology, believing that research should be conducted in the interest of social justice and change.Tamaryn lectures part-time while working on her thesis. Courses include undergraduate and postgraduate seminars on research design and an undergraduate module on social psychology. She has also had the privelege of co-supervising six honours students and will be supervising students in 2015 as well.