Current Students

Current Thesis Topics 2017


BREAKFAST, N.A. Conflict Resolution Perspective on Non-Racialism: A Case Study of the South African Military Academy (Sociology). Supervisor: Lindy Heinecken

BEUKES, A. “What knowledge is power? And what power does that knowledge bring?” A critical ethnography on the making of subjects and objects within the informal settlements of Stellenbosch (Social Anthropology), Supervisor: Steven Robins


HAMUKOMA, L. Interracial’ and other things people yell at strangers: A study of interracial relationships at Stellenbosch University (Sociology) Supervisor: Rob Pattman

HARMSE, K. Producing a Blue-Collar Readership: The Representation of Race within Die Son (Sociology). Supervisor: Bernard Dubbeld

HASSEN, S. Exploring Student Politics from Past to Present: 50 Years at Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape (Social Anthropology), Supervisor: Steven Robins

HENDRICKS, A. The impact of research ethics review on research methodology (Social Science Methods), supervisor: Heidi Prozesky


MPATLANYANE, V. Student activism today: An analysis of Rhodes must fall and Open Stellenbosch (Sociology). Supervisor: Bernard Dubbeld

O’CALLAGHAN, L. Can the cervix speak? The bio-politics of cervical cancer in South Africa. (Social Anthropology). Supervisor: Thomas Cousins

RAAD, R. Divine Citizens: Exploring religion and politics in the making of contemporary Harfield. (Social Anthropology) Supervisor: Thomas Cousins.

SAXBY, B. Freedom from the Known: An Exploration of the New Age Movement in Cape Town. (Social Anthropology). Supervisor: Steven Robins


VAN DER MERWE, M. South African Karoo farmers and the SKA telescope: An exploration of the impact of the SKA telescope on Karoo farmers’ perceptions of identity and land in the Carnarvon area. (Sociology). Supervisor: Cherryl Walker.

VAN DER WALT, D. Becoming 13: Learning from the learners about growing up as girls and boys and negotiating gender and sexuality in and outside schools (Sociology). Supervisor: Rob Pattman

VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, A. An “odious” dialect: studying perceptions of Afrikaans dialect shifts among “coloured” people in Paarl. (Social Anthropology) Supervisor: Lloyd Hill



DUBE, C. “Zimbabwean migrants and the dynamics of religion and informal support association in mediating every life in Cape Town” Supervised by Steven Robins

DU TOIT, D. “From Employing-a-Maid to Hiring a Maid Brigade: Transformations in Domestic Work and Outsourced Housecleaning Services in Gauteng, South Africa” Supervised by Lindy Heinecken

EIGELAAR-MEETS, I. “Internal migration streams in post-apartheid South Africa and the use of this migration information in Integrated Development Planning: the cases of the Northern and Western Cape” Supervised by Simon Bekker

GOGA, S. “Clothing and becoming Muslim in post-apartheid Johannesburg: the politics of middle class women’s distinction” Supervised by Bernard Dubbeld

HART, T.G.B. “Adoption, Adaption and Rejection: Ethnography of a South African agricultural intervention” Supervised by Steven Robins and Kees van der Waal

MALULEKE, G.L. “Rethinking protected area co-management in the Makuleke region in South Africa” Supervised by Steven Robins

MCARTHUR, T. “Coloured Masculinities and Schooling” Supervised by Rob Pattman

SARUCHERA, M. “Smallholder Farmers’ Response to Climate and Environmental Change in Malawi: The Role of Social Capital and Social Networks” Supervised by Cherryl Walker

VAN ZUYDAM, J. Supervised by Cornie Groenewald

VINK, E.M. “Social sustainability in the South African wine industry: a critical analysis of the Wine Industry Agricultural Ethical Trade Initiative in selected districts of the Western Cape” Supervised by Cherryl Walker

WALTERS, H. “Volkekunde at Stellenbosch University from 1926: Anthropological Constructions of Race, Culture and Ethnicity” Supervised by Kees van der Waal and Steven Robins

XABA, N.J. “A comparison of Afrikaner empowerment and black economic empowerment: a case study of a South African parastatal” Supervised by Lindy Heinecken

ZIBAGWE, S. “Struggle for urban citizenship in South Africa: agency and politics in Enkanini upgrading project, Stellenbosch” Supervised by Kees van der Waal