Staff

Academic and research staff

 
Prof Johann Mouton
Professor in, and Director of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). His research interests are the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, higher education knowledge production, sociology of science, scientometrics and science policy studies.

Ms Tracy Bailey
Researcher in SciSTIP. Her research interests include evidence-based, expert policy advice in the science and higher education sectors; the relationship between research and policy-making; and policy and system-level governance in African higher education. She has worked as a researcher, writer and project manager in the fields of higher education and science policy studies since 2001. 

Ms Isabel Basson
Part-time researcher in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). Her current research interests are: methodology of the social sciences, bibliometrics, scientometrics and journal publication policies with a focus on open access. She is also currently enrolled as a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at CREST.

Prof Jan Botha
Professor in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch. His research interests include Higher Education policy and planning in South Africa, the positioning of universities, academic organization, postgraduate supervision, and the theory and practice of Institutional Research.

Dr Nelius Boshoff
Senior lecturer in CREST Academic and senior researcher in CREST & SciSTIP. He is the academic co-ordinator of the Science and Technology Studies degree programmes offered by CREST. His interests include studies of (1) research utilisation and the societal impact of research, (2) R&D collaboration and (3) bibliometrics with a focus on Africa.
Mr Harrie Esterhuyse
Junior Researcher at CREST and in the Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). He is also a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies. Harrie previously worked at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University as a Research Analyst and Deputy Editor for the journal, African East-Asian Affairs.
Ms Rhoda Goremucheche
Rhoda is a Researcher at CREST. Previously she worked as Project Manager (Community Development Unit Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) responsible for the Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train in the Eastern Cape. Rhoda obtained a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2008. She also has a MPhil Monitoring and Evaluation (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University.

Dr Sara Grobbelaar
Part-time researcher in CREST & SciSTIP. Sara's research interests are national and regional systems of innovation, STI policy, Technology Management and sustainable development. Sara has completed a wide range of consulting projects as a management consultant which includes the development of modelling studies, a regional economic road map for Gauteng Department of Economic Development, innovation strategies and sector development strategies.
Ms Marina Joubert
Marina Joubert is a science communication researcher and lecturer at CREST (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research focuses on the factors affecting scientists’ participation in public science communication and engagement. She also presents an introductory online course in science communication theory and practice.
Ms Agnes Lutomiah
Agnes is a doctoral candidate and Junior Researcher in science and technology studies at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology Studies (CREST). Her PhD research focuses on analysing the state of science in Kenya. Agnes has a background in Higher Education studies.
Mr Joseph Maziku
Joseph is a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies and Junior Researcher on the Young Scientists Project in Africa at (CREST) the host of DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. His PhD research focusses on Scientometrics analysis of research outputs and State of Science in Tanzania. 
Ms Corlia Meyer
Corlia is a doctoral candidate and Junior Researcher in Science Communication at CREST. She joined the team in January 2016.  Her PhD research focusses on environmental communication.  She also supports the Chair in Science Communication in researching the public’s perception of science and technology. 

Dr Heidi Prozesky
Heidi Prozesky manages the research portfolio at SciSTIP, while still actively undertaking research and supervision in the field of science and technology studies. She holds a PhD in Sociology, on gender differences in the publication productivity of South African scientists, and has developed social research methods and environmental sociology as additional fields of specialisation.
Ms Mpho Sefatsa
Mpho has a background in Psychology, and will be graduating with a Master’s degree in Research Psychology from Stellenbosch University. She is currently employed as a junior researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), with a focus on the topic of research collaboration and impact under the South African Antarctic science project.
Prof Robert Tijssen
Robert Tijssen is professor at CREST and board member of South Africa’s DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. He also holds the Chair of Science and Innovation Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Ms Milandré van Lill
Researcher in CREST the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP). She completed her studies in Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch and has been working at CREST since 2012. Her research interests include tertiary education; knowledge production; the sociology of science and doctoral education in South Africa.
Prof Peter Weingart
Peter Weingart has held the South African Research Chair in Science communication at Stellenbosch University since 2015. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Science Policy at the University of Bielefeld, Germany and former director of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT 1993-2009) as well as of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) 1989 – 1994 at that university. 

Dr Lauren Wildschut
Lecturer in CREST Academic. She is Deputy Director of the Evaluation Research Agency (ERA) and is the Academic Coordinator of the Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation (Stellenbosch University). She taught for 10 years in the MPhil Programme in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University, focusing on programme evaluation and qualitative data analysis for social sciences research.

Research support staff

Ms Marthie van Niekerk | Centre administrative manager
Marthie van Niekerk is the Centre Administrative Manager of CREST (including SciSTIP and SciCOM) and the executive assistant to Prof Johann Mouton. Until August 2014 her duties included the programme administration of the postgraduate programmes (Monitoring and Evaluation &Science and Technology Studies) until July 2014.

Ms Bernia Drake | Postgraduate administrative co-ordinator
Bernia Drake joined the Centre in July 2016 as Postgraduate administrative co-ordinator. Ms Drake previously worked as Programme Coordinator at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Tygerberg Campus (Stellenbosch University).

Mr Kyle Ford | Database Assistant
Kyle joined the CREST team in March 2017 as a Database Assistant. He is responsible for assisting the team with database capturing and cleaning. He studied at the University of the Western Cape and completed his BA Honours in 2015. Kyle Previously worked at the City of Cape Town as a Development Information Analysis Intern.

Mr Nigel Jansen | Technical officer
Nigel Jansen joined the CREST Administrative Team in December 2011 as administrative assistant. He previously worked at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. Nigel is responsible for the technical administration of CREST which includes venue bookings.

Mrs Rolene Langford | Short course and events co-ordinator 
Rolene Langford joined the Centre in January 2015 to form part of the Administration team. She was promoted to her current position as Short course and events co-ordinator in July 2016. Rolene previously worked at the Division of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Tygerberg Campus as Senior Secretary to the Head of the Division and Postgraduate programme administrator.

Ms Lynn Lorenzen | Information officer
Lynn Lorenzen joined the Centre staff in the beginning of July 2002 as the Centre Information Officer. She holds a Bachelor in Arts and Higher Education Diploma from the University of Stellenbosch. She handles all administration, cataloguing and queries /searches with regard to the content of the Documentation Centre.

Mr Lenny Poole | Technical assistant
Lenny Poole joined the Centre Administration team in October 2014. He is responsible for the facilities management of CREST and assists Nigel with the venue bookings.
 

Mr Herman Redelinghuys | Database specialist
Herman Redelinghuys joined the Centre in January 2015 as part of the Knowledge Management Team. He worked as an independent ITC consultant for 11 years and is experienced in IT systems management and support. Herman completed a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering through UNISA

Mr Shaun Smith | Database specialist
Shaun joined the Knowledge Management team of CREST in December of 2014 in the position of Database Administrator and Data Analyst. The Database team provides researchers with analytic support and administrates CREST's databases and user database interfaces.

Dr Johann Spies | Database manager
Johann joined the CREST Knowledge Management Team in September 2010. At CREST he is responsible for the development and management of the data portal.Previously he was a prison warder (1969–1973), church minister (1979–2000) in various congregations of the Dutch Reformed Church and System Administrator (2001–2010) working for Information Technology, University of Stellenbosch. 
 

Mrs Annemarie Visagie | Senior research assistant
Annemarie Visagie joined the Centre in May 2003 to form part of the Research Assistant team working on SA Knowledgebase. She studied at the University of Stellenbosch and completed her Honours (Psychology) degree in 2000. She is also a Psychometrist, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Extraordinary professors

Prof Nico Cloete
He is Extraordinary Professor in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. Nico Cloete is also the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and Coordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA). He has published in psychology, sociology and higher education policy. 

Prof Michael Kahn
Professor Michael Kahn is a policy analyst and evaluator in the fields of research and innovation. He has been advisor to the Ministers of Education, and Science and Technology, a Chief Director in the Gauteng Provincial Government, analyst in the Centre for Education Policy Development, Professor of science education in Botswana and South Africa and Executive Director of the Human Sciences Research Council.

Prof Peter Maassen
Peter Maassen is Extraordinary Professor in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. He is also Professor in Higher Education Studies at the Faculty of Education at the University of Oslo. He is also the Deputy Head for the department.  

Prof Rasigan Maharajh
Rasigan Maharajh is currently Visiting Professor at Rede de Pesquisa em Sistemas e Arranjos Produtivos e Inovativos Locais in the Instituto de Economia of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also concurrently Nodal Head of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation’ Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Prof Johan Muller
Johan Muller is the former Deputy Dean of Research and Director of the Graduate School in Humanities at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Before that, he was the Head of Education, also at UCT. He was Director of the first Education Policy Unit at Wits University.

Prof Mario Scerri
Mario Scerri is a Senior Research Fellow at IERI and a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Economics and Finance at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). He was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Finance at the Tshwane University of Technology from 2004 to 2007.

Extraordinary associate professor

Dr Erika Kraemer-Mbula
Erika Kraemer-Mbula is a Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research at Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa). Erika’s research interests are on Science and Technology Policy analysis, innovation systems, sustainable development and various routes to the expansion of creative competencies in Africa

Postdoctoral fellows

Dr Jaco Blanckenberg
Postdoctoral fellow at Crest and SciStip. He has a background in nuclear and theoretical particle physics with a strong focus on numerical calculations and numerical modelling. Jaco Blanckenberg obtained his PhD in physics at Stellenbosch University. His post graduate work focused on Monte Carlo simulations and numerical modelling.


Dr Lars Guenther 
Lars Guenther is a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Chair in Science Communication. He received his doctorate at the Institute of Communication Research at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. His research interests mainly focus on science and health journalism, public perceptions of science and technology, as well as the public communication of risks and (un)certainty.
Dr Charl Swart
Charl Swart is a postdoctoral research fellow at CREST. He obtained a PhD in Political Science from Stellenbosch University in 2013. Before joining CREST he was a postdoctoral research fellow in health policy and systems research at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape. He is currently involved in the Young Scientists in Africa research project in a managerial and research capacity.