Professor Heidi Prozesky is an associate professor at CREST. As CREST hosts the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and STI Policy (SciSTIP), she is also a research member of this Centre of Excellence. Heidi holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, on the topic of gender differences in the publication productivity of South African scientists, as well as a master’s degree (cum laude) in social science methods.
Recently, she co-authored a book (The next generation of scientists in Africa, 2018), and earlier in her career she co-edited a collection (Society in focus – change, challenge and resistance: reflections from South Africa and beyond, 2010) and contributed to The practice of social research (2002, with J. Mouton and E. Babbie). To date, she has published 29 other peer-reviewed outputs in journals, edited collections and conference proceedings; contributed to 18 contract and technical reports; and presented 69 papers at national and international conferences and seminars.
Heidi employs both quantitative and qualitative strategies to investigate her main research interests, viz. the sociology of science and scientometrics, with a particular focus on women in science and early-career researchers in Africa. She is currently the principal investigator of a 5-year project on the postdoc in South Africa; and a member of a CREST team undertaking a national tracer survey of all doctoral graduates who received their degrees at a South African university since 2000.
Heidi has 30 years’ experience teaching social research methodology and a variety of sociological topics, and she has supervised 21 completed doctoral and master’s students. She also has experience in research management, by virtue of having held the appointment of Research Manager at SciSTIP from 2015 to 2018.