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Staff Profiles

DPRU Staff

Haroon Bhorat


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

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Morné Oosthuizen

Deputy Director & Chief Research Officer

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

Research Officer

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: labour economics, poverty and enequality, economics of education, health economics, cross-sectional and longitudinal household survey data analysis, quasi-experimental econometric techniques

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Tracy Lee

Operations and Finance Coordinator

Expertise: Grants and Finance Management

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 1334


Kezia Lilenstein

Programme Manager

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

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Sarah Marriott

Communications Manager

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

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Lisa Martin

Junior Research Fellow

Expertise: Economic history, development economics, behavioural economics.

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Rethabile Molala

Junior Research Fellow - INSETA Partnership

Expertise: Development Economics, Skills Development, International Trade and Feminist Economics.

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Jabulile Monnakgotla

Junior Researcher

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

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Wadia Naidoo

PA to the Director & Administrative Assistant

Expertise: Personal Admin, Department Admin, Events Management.

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5022


Christopher Rooney

Junior Researcher

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

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Benjamin Stanwix

Senior Research Officer

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

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François Steenkamp

Senior Research Officer

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

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Tarquin Vollenhoven

Junior Research Fellow - INSETA Partnership

Expertise: Minimum/Living Wage, Behavioural Science, Psychological Perspectives, and Training Development and Growth.

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DPRU Associates

Karmen Naidoo

Karmen is 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.(PERI), working on capital flight and governance in Africa. She is also a Research Associate at the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development.

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.