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Cally ArdingtonCally Ardington

Professor
Office 3.21, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Cally Ardington is a Professor in the School of Economics and the Deputy Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2009. Her research interests lie in development and labour economics with a focus on the ways in which public and private intergenerational support systems affect economic, demographic, education and health outcomes in South Africa. She has extensive experience in the design, management and micro-econometric analysis of social surveys and has published widely in the fields of labour market analysis, social assistance and human capital. She has several publications in highly regarded international journals including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Demography, Economic Development and Cultural Change and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. She is an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

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Emmanuel BakirdjianEmmanuel Bakirdjian

J-PAL Africa Research Manager
Office 3.16, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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In July 2012, Emmanuel joined the J-PAL Africa office as a Research Manager. He is currently working on three different randomized evaluations focused on the South African labour market and youth unemployment. His job also involves supporting J-PAL capacity building activities across the continent, particularly in francophone countries. For the past two years, he worked for IPA, J-PAL's partner organization, in Rwanda on a coffee agronomy training program evaluation. He also supported an IPA project in Sierra Leone experimenting with the introduction and adoption of an improved rice variety (NERICA) among poor farmers. Emmanuel holds a M.Sc. in Development Economics from CERDI (Centre for Studies and Research on International Development), Clermont-Ferrand, France.

SALDRU current projects: J-PAL Africa 

 


Nicola BransonNicola Branson

Senior Research Officer
Office 3.09, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Nicola Branson is a Senior Research Officer at SALDRU. She is currently involved in quantitative research in education inequality and the consequence of teenage childbearing in South Africa using household survey data. Nicola holds a PhD (2011), Masters (2008) and Bachelors of Business Science (2005) in Economics from UCT. She has experience data cleaning longitudinal surveys and in the micro-econometric analysis of social surveys. She has published work on human capital inequality in South African and trends in employment status using national household survey data.

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SALDRU current projects: South African Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research

 


Ariane de LannoyAriane de Lannoy

Chief Research Officer
Office 3.09, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Ariane is a Senior Research Officer at SALDRU. Her work involves developing and coordinating a “Youth Focus” within the existing Poverty and Inequality Initiative of the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining SALDRU/PII, she worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Children's Institute of UCT for 5 years. Ariane holds a PhD in Sociology from UCT, and her dissertation looked at educational decision-making in the era of AIDS.
 
SALDRU current projects: Youth Explorer

 


DataFirst Senior Research Officer
Office 3.46, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Andrew is a Research Officer at DataFirst, University of Cape Town, since May 2011. Andrew obtained DPhil and Mphil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BCom (Hons) and BSc from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His previous experience includes consulting work for the World Bank (2009 and 2011); working as a Centre for the Study of African Economies research assistant and helping to run a labour market survey in Tanzania (2008-2009) and working as a consultant for the South African Competition Commission (2008).

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Brendan Maughan-BrownBrendan Maughan-Brown

Senior Research Officer
Office 3.04, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Brendan is a Senior Research Officer within SALDRU. He obtained his PhD in Economics from UCT in 2008. He subsequently co-ordinated the fifth wave of the Cape Area Panel Study. His research interests include the uptake of HIV treatment and care services, HIV-related stigma, HIV testing, socio-demographic & economic determinants of HIV, male circumcision and concurrent sexual partnerships. Brendan is currently working on a series of behavioural intervention studies that are exploring ways to increase the demand for different health services and products. His main research projects involve interventions aimed at helping HIV positive individuals to link to HIV care services and to initiate antiretroviral therapy. He is currently testing whether monetary incentives can be used to increase demand for antiretroviral therapy; and whether telephonic patient support improves linkage to HIV care clinics.

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SALDRU current projects: iLink: Incentives for Linkage to HIV Treatment and Care

 


Velenkosi MatsebulaVelenkosini Matsebula

Research Officer
School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Velenkosini N.D Matsebula is a Research Officer at SALDRU. He holds a Master's of Commerce degree in Economics from the North-West University. His role involves working in different projects in SALDRU, in particular J-PAL Africa and the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). His research interests include quantitative research, competition economics, labour economics, development economics, the economics of international trade and monetary policy.

 


Mamello NchakeMamello Nchake

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Office 5.09, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Mamello joined the Trade and Poverty project within SALDRU as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in January 2014. Her research interest is in international trade and development. Her current research and future research agenda include: regional integration effects on firm behaviour, product market integration within Africa, private sector development and competitiveness.  

SALDRU current projects: Trade and Poverty Project

 


Laura PoswellLaura Poswell

Executive Director, J-PAL Africa
Office 3.15, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Laura Poswell is the Executive Director of J-PAL Africa at SALDRU. Her role involves working with governments and NGOs in Africa to decipher policy lessons about what works and collaborating with researchers and policy makers to conduct randomized evaluations that address policy questions facing African decision-makers. Laura has an M.BusSc. from the University of Cape Town. Her last role with FUEL Trust involved working in close partnership with South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to implement a service delivery enhancement programme with the National School Nutrition Programme. She previously worked as a researcher for the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town.

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SALDRU current projects: J-PAL Africa

 


Vimal RanchhodVimal Ranchhod

Associate Professor
Office 3.23, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Vimal Ranchhod is an Associate Professor at SALDRU. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Michigan. His research interests include labour economics, economic demography, the economics of inequality and the economics of education.

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SALDRU current projects: National Income Dynamics Study - NIDS  |  South African Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research

 


Hana Ross.pngHana Ross

Principal Research Officer
School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Hana Ross is a Principal Research Officer at SALDRU, working with the Economics of Tobacco Control Project. She has over 17 years’ experience in conducting research on the economics of tobacco control and in management of research projects in low- and middle-income countries. Her current research projects focus on the economic impact of tobacco control interventions in Africa, South East Asia, and the EU. She is also interested in the economic impact of risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases such as obesity, lack of physical activity, and alcohol consumption.  

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SALDRU current projects: Economics of Tobacco Control

 


Mbhuba ShifaMuna Shifa

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Office 3.10, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
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Muna Shifa joined SALDRU as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in April 2015, following the completion of her PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Murray Leibbrandt and Martin Wittenberg. Her current research is in the area of rural land tenure systems and land-related investments, rural factor markets and household poverty, material welfare and subjective-welling. Her work in SALDRU will focus on youth unemployment in Africa.

SALDRU current projects: South African Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research

 


Nicole VelliosNicole Vellios

Research Officer
Office 4.13, School of Economics, Middle Campus, UCT, Rondebosch, 7700
(+27) 021 650 3608  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nicole is a Research Officer at SALDRU, working on the Economics of Tobacco Control Project. She holds a Masters of Social Science in Economics (specialising in Economic Development). Her current research interests are in tobacco taxation, the illicit trade of tobacco products, and the determinants of smoking initiation.

SALDRU current projects: Economics of Tobacco Control 

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