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Nozizwe Director:

  • Nozizwe, also known as Christine Varga, has MA and PhD degrees in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA).

She trained in the classic “four fields” approach to anthropology but specialized in the areas of biomedical and demographic anthropology and southern Africa. The focus of her doctoral work was the maternal-child health effects of urbanization among rural and urban pregnant adolescents in KwaZulu/Natal Province, South Africa.

While working on her PhD she lectured anthropology at the (then) University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. After finishing her PhD she completed a Mellon Foundation post-doctoral fellowship at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

She has lived and worked in South Africa for much of the last 10 years, most recently as a chief research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council. She also has experience in grant-making and philanthropy through her work as a programme officer at the MacArthur Foundation, USA.

She has published a number of articles and book chapters on her work in sexual and reproductive health. Several of these papers can be downloaded [here]