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DPRU Staff

Haroon Bhorat


Expertise: Labour Economics, Poverty, Income Distribution, Inclusive Growth, Minimum Wages.

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Morné Oosthuizen

Deputy Director

Expertise: Labour markets, poverty, inequality, prices, and economic demography.

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Caitlin Allen Whitehead

Junior Researcher

Expertise: Behavioural Economics, Microeconometrics, and Small Business Development

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Zaakhir Asmal

Senior Researcher

Expertise: Labour Economics, Development Economics, Competition and Regulatory Economics, Poverty and Inequality, Education and Skills Development.

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Mira Blumberg Pahad

Asst. Programme Manager

Expertise: Project Management, Reporting, Planning and organising resources and events.

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Robert Hill

Junior Researcher

Expertise: Labour economics, education and behavioural economics, all with a focus on econometric application

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Tim Köhler

Junior Researcher

Expertise: Economics of Education, Poverty and Inequality, Labour Economics, Behavioural Economics, Health Economics, Environmental Economics

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Kezia Lilenstein

Programme Manager

Expertise: Project Management, Labour Economics, Analysis of Survey Data, Development Economics.

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Jabulile Monnakgotla

Junior Researcher

Expertise: Macroeconomics, Finance, International Trade, Development and Growth.

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Christopher Rooney

Junior Researcher

Expertise: Economics of Education, Behavioural Economics and Development Economics.

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Benjamin Stanwix

Senior Researcher

Expertise: Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Economic and Social History.

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François Steenkamp

Senior Researcher

Expertise: International trade (Export patterns and dynamics), Economic development, Self-employment.

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Sarah Marriott

Communications Manager

Expertise: Publishing, Communications, Marketing, Events, PR and Media Liaison.

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Tracy Lee

Operations and Finance Coordinator

Expertise: Grants and Finance Management

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 1334


Wadia Naidoo

PA to the Director & Administrative Assistant

Expertise: Personal Admin, Department Admin, Events Management.

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5022


DPRU Associates

Gracelin Baskaran

Gracelin is a Consultant Economist for the World Bank covering the Southern Africa region, and a Senior Research Fellow at the DPRU. Her research interests include trade, competitiveness, natural resource management, and inclusive growth.


Adaiah Lilenstein

Adaiah is currently working as a consultant for DPRU and Funda Wande. The latter is an NPO focused on improving South African education outcomes. Adaiah has particular skills in quantitative data analysis as well as survey design and program implementation. Her research interest is in Development Economics - especially education, poverty, inequality, and the labour market.


Rethabile Molala

Rethabile is a Junior Research Fellow at the DPRU, and part of the team for the INSETA partnership. She is an Economics Honours graduate from Rhodes University and a Masters graduate in Public Policy and Management from Corvinus University of Budapest. She has completed at short internship at Econex.
Her research interests lie in the fields of Development Economics, Skills Development, International Trade and Feminist Economics.


Karmen Naidoo

Karmen is currently a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests are in development economics and labour economics. She is also a research assistant at the Political Economy Research Institute.

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Tarquin Vollenhoven 

Tarquin is a Junior Research Fellow at the DPRU, and part of the team for the INSETA partnership. She holds a Masters in Industrial/Organisational Psychology (IOP) from UCT. She was an IOP intern at Deloitte Consulting where she gained a range of knowledge relating to Change Management, Diversity and Inclusion, the Future of Work, Employee Well-being and Training and Development. Her research interests relate to Individual and Societal Well-being, Optimising Individual/Organisational Performance, Work-based Experiences, Minimum/Living Wage, Behavioural Science, Psychological Perspectives, and Training Development and Growth.


Derek Yu

Derek is currently a Professor and Chairperson of Department of Economics at the University of the Western Cape. His research interests are Labour Economics and Development Economics.