The Team

This project is the collaboration of the strengths of many individuals which together can bring HIV Policy into a new era.




University of LimerickPrincipal Investigator – Professor Tom Lodge, University of Limerick 

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213085

Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. Before his arrival in Limerick in 2005 he was Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also held positions at the University of York, the Social Science Research Council in New York, and the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa. In 1999 – 2000 he was Chair of the Africa Institute in Pretoria and between 2004 and 2005 he served on the Research Assessment Executive Evaluation Committee of the National Research Foundation in Pretoria. He is the author of five books and two edited volumes. They include Black Politics in South Africa since 1945 (Longman, 1993) and Politics in South Africa From Mandela to Mbeki (University of Indiana Press, 2002). A sixth book, Nelson Mandela: A Critical Biography, will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2006. His publications also include 60 journal articles and chapters in edited collections. Current writing projects: a short text on political corruption and a general survey of African contemporary history. General research interests: African political parties, democratisation, post conflict politics, late development, political corruption.



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Professor Patrick Bond
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.




Dr. Shauna Mottiar 
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 Dubula-Majola
PhD Candidate  
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.

Vuyiseka Dubula


Tamaryn Nicholson
PhD Candidate  
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.





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University of Dar es Salaam (USDM), Tanzania


Dr. Ernest Mallya
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Telephone: +255 22) 2410357

Deputy Principal (Academic) of the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE).  His research interests are democracy and governance, problems of professionalism and professionals in developing countries; corruption and ethics especially in government.




Hadija Kassimu Mwendah

PhD Candidate  
Hadija joined the University of Dar es Salaam for her first degree in 2004 after obtaining a Certificate for Advanced Secondary school education from Zanaki Girls High School a year before. She graduated in 2007 with a BA: Political Science and Public Administration (Hons) and was awarded as the Best Female Student for Political Science Class of 2007 by the Dar es Salaam University Political Science Student Association (DUPSA). Following a scholarship award by Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET), she registered for MA degree in Public Administration, where she wrote a dissertation titled Parliamentary Budgetary Control in Tanzania. The Dissertation was supervised by Prof. Rwekaza S. Mukandala who is also a Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam. In 2008, Hadija was employed by the University of Dar es Salaam as a Tutorial Assistant in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Following a successful completion of her MA degree in 2010, she was promoted to the position of an Assistant Lecturer, the position she still holds until today.




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Makerere University, Uganda


Dr. Sabiti Makara
Political Science and Public Administration

An Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University in Uganda. He is an expert in public administration and management. He is an editor of three books on Uganda’s elections, and another one in the offing. He has published several articles in journals on elections and public governance. He is a member of the African Governance Experts’ Forum(AGF) hosted by UNDP/UNECA. He was part of an international team as a Senior Consultant that has completed a study for USAID, assessing its project on Multiparty Democracy in Uganda.  He worked as a national counterpart with a team of  consultants from the Swedish Agency for Development Evaluation (SADEV), which evaluated the capacities of Ugandan political parties.  He is a team leader of the researchers assessing Uganda’s 2011 elections.  He is doing work for UNDP on the best practices of Uganda’s local governments. In 2011, he hosted CMI  Bergen/Makerere University international conference on Liberation Movements, Elections and Democracy in Africa at Jinja, Uganda in June 2011.




Dr. Sarah Ssali
Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

A Senior Lecturer, Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makarere University. Her research interests include gender and democracy and the place of HIV clients in HIV/AIDS policy processes; health systems, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and sexuality, social networks, conflict and post conflict situations and their impact on health, health financing and household health care seeking.

Sarah Ssali holds a PhD in International Health Studies from Queen Margaret University, a Master of Arts in Gender Studies from Makerere University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University.



Justus Rugambwa

PhD Candidate  
Justus holds an MA in Public Administration and Management, and BA (honours) in Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science, both attained at Makerere University in Uganda. For most part of his practitioner career, Justus coordinated implementation of HIV/AIDS, Gender Equality, Food Security and local governance community development programs for Actionaid Uganda. He also participated and led several national civil society campaigns for good governance and public accountability in Uganda. He rose from a District level coordinator to head the field programs of Uganda Actionaid country program. He left Actionaid as Program Development Manager to become the Executive Director of DENIVA, a large national network of over 700 non-governmental organisations in Uganda. DENIVA also coordinates the Quality Assurance and Certification for NGOs in Uganda.



 University of Limerick

University of Limerick, Ireland


Dr. Maura Adshead
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213429

Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration and Head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. Prior to her appointment in Limerick, she carried out research and taught in the universities of Dundee, Liverpool, Essex, Galway and Dublin. Her research interests focus on Irish politics and public policy, comparative studies of public policy, policy change, and EU involvement in the policy process in European states. She is author of Developing European Regions? Ashgate, 2002 (vii+197pp), co-author (with Jonathon Tonge) of Government and Politics in Ireland. Unity and diversity on a two-polity island, Palgrave, 2009 (xv+264pp); and co-editor (with Michelle Millar) of Public Administration and Public Policy in Ireland: theory and methods, Routledge 2003 (xvi+256pp) and (with Peadar Kirby and Michelle Millar) Contesting the State: lessons from the Irish case, Manchester University Press, 2008 (xii+197).  She has published articles in Electoral Studies, Policy and Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy and Administration, West European Politics and the Irish journal Economic and Social Review and has carried out commissioned research for Combat Poverty, the HSE and the NESF.




Dr. Chris McInerney
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 234800

A lecturer in public administration.  Primary research interests focus on the interactions between the concepts, practices and processes of governance and social inclusion / exclusion, participatory democracy, the role of civil society in social change and the role of public administration in promoting social justice and social equity. He has published chapters and reports on governance, local and community development and has previously worked in a variety of civil society and international organisations.




Professor Orla Muldoon
Department of Psychology
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213175

Orla joined University of Limerick in August 2007 to lead the development of the Department of Psychology. The attraction of this post was the University’s commitment to the development of Social Psychology which matched my own loyalty to this sub-discipline within psychology. Since graduating with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Queens University Belfast in 1993, Orla has been engaged in teaching and research in the area of social psychology. This commitment arises in part from a fascination with the subject matter of social psychology as well as a belief that theoretically grounded and methodologically sound social psychological research can be a powerful and positive force for social change.

Orla’s overarching research interest concerns the impact of group memberships on social behaviours. Interested in how perceiving one-self as a member of a religious, socio-economic or racial group can impact on views of the self and others, in how these group memberships are transmitted to and understood by children and young people and in how such memberships impact on mental health. In much of the research Orla has undertaken to date, she used existing groups in Northern Ireland, though much of the evidence from Northern Ireland can and does converge with the wider literature on these topics.   She has a number of international collaborations exploring these convergences. Much of her research has been informed the social identity tradition as it allows the exploration of such group memberships – collective or social identities- are central to these phenomena.




Dr. Michael Quayle

Department of Psychology
Telephone: +353 (0)61 202059

Michael Quayle joined the Dept. of Psychology, University of Limerick in 2015 having already been involved in the project as a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. His research explores identity; how active identity production impacts on psychological phenomena such as attribution or stereotype threat; and how the local and immediate concerns of identity production can powerfully influence broader socio-political issues. Current projects are exploring: the value of social identity theory for understanding the ‘stereotype threat’ phenomenon; the social features of experimental contexts; and constructions of masculinity amongst South African men and women; and the relationships between public policy, stereotyping and identity.




Dr. Helen Basini
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 202447

Helen recently completed her PhD at the University of Limerick funded by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Irish Research Council. Her research investigated the Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Liberia, with a particular focus on women associated with fighting forces and post-conflict recovery, a topic on which she has published her work. She is also a Research Fellow with the centre for Peace and Development where she is conducting research on National Action Plans of UNSCR 1325 at the local level in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This research is funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy. Prior to her doctoral research, Helen had a very eclectic background. With a very good degree in Sports Science from the University of Birmingham, life conspired to lead her towards a career in international development. She worked for War Child in London for a number of years and at the same time gained a diploma in Development Studies from the University of London before moving to Ireland. Whilst her academic focus today is directed towards Peace and Conflict Studies, she still maintains her link with development and is a director of a small Irish NGO called No Strings Ireland.




Miriam Ryan
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 202447

Miriam is a student of Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Public Administration, minoring in Law and Sociology at the University of Limerick.  Prior to full-time study, Miriam worked in administrative and sales positions and holds diplomas in Office Information Systems and Business Skills, and Web Design.  She is an active member within her community as chairperson of a residents association that she established in 2012, and was instrumental in resolving front boundaries for 98 properties from 2014-2015.  Her academic areas of interest are namely public policy in promoting social justice and equality, and community development and participation.