Current Students

Current Thesis Topics 2015


ADETIBA, F. The ability of the Public Protector to address the issue of corruption in South Africa (Sociology). Supervisor: Lindy Heinecken

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

CAETANO, L. Environmental conflict and its resolution, the case of invasive alien species in Cape Town, South Africa (Sociology). Supervisor: Heidi Prozesky

CARLS, K. The changing face of Woodstock, Cape Town: A study of inner-city renewal (Sociology). Supervisor: Cherryl Walker

CAROLUS, G. The aftermath of a policy campaign: an ethnographic study of the relationship among stakeholders and change agents in a non-profit organization (Sociology). Supervisor: Jacob du Plessis and Thomas Cousins

CHESANG, S. Constructions of gender identity in social networking sites: a case study in Kenya. (Sociology) Supervisor: Rob Pattman

DLAMINI, N. “Young motherhood: is it that bad? A case study of teenage mothers in rural KwaZulu-Natal” Supervisor: Rob Pattman

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

KRAMM, N. Military Skills Development System: Reintegration and Employment (Sociology), Supervisor: Lindy Heinecken

MEIRING, R. Water and Sanitation services delivery in Langrug Informal Settlement, Franschhoek (Sociology), Supervisor: Steven Robins and Jan Vorster

MORDAUNT-BEIXIGA, M. Experiences of Unemployment: An exploration of the life histories of destitute individuals at a community facility in Somerset West (Sociology). Supervisor: Khayaat Fakier

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

MUITIBA, F. The training, role and challenges of female peacekeepers: experiences of female peacekeepers from the Zambia police service and the Zambia army (Sociology), supervisor: Lindy Heinecken

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

SIMIKANI, S. Public knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding the European paper wasp, Polistes, Dominua (Sociology), Supervisor: Heidi Prozesky

STEYN, A. Analysing the revival of the Afrikaans Film Industry since 2007 (Social Anthropology), Supervisor: Bernard Dubbeld

TERBLANCHE, R. Good fences make good neighbours: A qualitative interpretive study of human-baboon and human-human conflict on the Cape Peninsula (Sociology). Supervisor: Heidi Prozesky

VAN DER HOEF, M. The local, the global and the self: An exploration on how technology and internet access affects the ideas of participants of the e-learning project provided by the Siyafunda Community Technology Centre at Kareeberg library in Carnarvon (NCP) (Social Anthropology). Supervisor: Cherryl Walker.

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

VAN HEERDEN, M. Afrikaaps: a celebratory protest to the racialized hegemony of standard Afrikaans (Social Anthropology) Supervisor: Kees van der Waal

VARNEY, C. Children and Marriage: Exploring Singlehood amongst Mothers in Suurbraak (Sociology) Supervisor: Jan Vorster and Andrienetta Kritzinger

VISSER, C. From Paraffin to Power and the bits in-between: An ethnographic account of improvement in a Stellenbosch informal settlement (Social Anthropology). Supervisor: Steven Robins

WADEMAN, D. An ethnographic study on subjective accounts of individuals’ experiences of Universal Testing with Immediate ART (Sociology) Supervisors: Lindsey Reynolds and Jacob du Plessis

WILLIAMS, L. In pursuit of gender equality at Stellenbosch University: A mixed methods study of academic women and the gender-related challenges they face (Sociology) Supervisor: Heidi Prozesky

WILTSHIRE, A. Negotiating insecurity: A case study of temporary farmworkers in the deciduous fruit sector in Ceres (Sociology) Supervisor: Khayaat Fakier and Jan Vorster


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

GRAAF, K “Hypermasculinity and Gender-based violence – a study of a masculinities-focused intervention aimed at preventing gbv in South Africa” Supervised by Lindy Heinecken

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

MATINGA-KATUNDA, B. “What’s Mine?’ Rural Women’s Experiences around Property Rights in the Context of Dissolved Marriages: A Case Study of Muluwila Village in Kuntumanje Area, Zomba District, Malawi” Supervised by Cherryl Walker

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

NZABONIMPA, JP “Methods effects in a mixed method quasi-experimental investigation of gendered choices of science subjects in Rwandan secondary schools”. Supervised by Heidi Prozesky

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

USSHER, Y.A. “The Economic and Social Effects of Mobile Phone Usage: The Case of Women Traders in Accra” Supervised by Lloyd Hill

VAN ZUYDAM, J. Supervised by Cornie Groenewald

VENGANAI, H. “Young urban Shona women negotiating gender and sexuality and social identifications through cultural practices in contemporary Zimbabwe: a case study of labia elongation” Supervised by Rob Pattman

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