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Anine Kriegler

Anine's primary areas of research interest are crime statistics and drug policy. She was at UCT for her undergrad in Politics and Economics, as well as her Honours and first Master’s in International Relations. She also has a Master’s in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She co-authored the book, A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa, which aims to empower ordinary people in South Africa to sift through the noise and have better, more informed and productive conversations about the crime statistics. Her dissertation investigates South African murder statistics over the last century. It speaks to debates on the causes of crime, especially in South Africa, on the relationship between social theory and empirical data, and on the value of criminological statistics.


Anneke Eichstedt 

Anneke is a doctoral candidate (Department of Public Law) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research explores the police reporting behaviour of adolescent survivors of sexual violence. This project reflects her research interest in violence against women and girls, law in everyday life and service provision to survivors of sexual violence. Anneke previously received a Master’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Cape Town (2016). Before moving to South Africa, she graduated with a B.A. Sociology from Bremen University, Germany (2014).



Chaeli Mycroft 

I started my university career in Humanities with Politics & Social Development and I joined the Law Faculty to take on my Masters’ specialising in Human Rights. At 9 years old I founded an NPO, The Chaeli Campaign, and our organisation continues to support and empower children and youth with disabilities to reach their full potential. I have always been passionate about connecting with people and have been an activist for as long as I can remember. Especially with my disability, I have always had to advocate for myself and I hope that through my work other people with disabilities will also be able to find their voices and have a place where they feel they belong and are accepted for who they are. As I start my PhD journey, I am focusing on raising and representing the voices of young adults in tackling social change.


Chipo Mushota Nkhata 

THESIS TITLE: “Participation in decision making within prison settings as a tool for enhancing the enjoyment of the right to health: The case of women prisoners in Zambia”.

Chipo is a Zambian human rights lawyer and law lecturer at the University of Zambia. She is a women’s rights activist and researcher with keen interest in the areas of health, access to justice, social justice and participatory governance of vulnerable and marginalized groups. She is a Margaret Mc Namara Fellow, pursuing her PhD with the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Chipo’s PhD research is stirred by the many challenges women prisoners in Zambia experience in accessing healthcare goods and services and consequential violations of their rights to health. The Zambia Correctional Services health care system determines prisoners’ health and the extent to which they enjoy their right to health. The healthcare system and regulatory system applicable to prison settings in Zambia determine how various social and economic positions of prisoners, such as gender, age, disability, social origins, geographical location and economic stability impact on prisoners’ health. Although all prisoners in Zambian correctional facilities experience challenges in accessing healthcare goods and services, women prisoners are disproportionately affected. At the core of the challenges experienced by women prisoners are the existence of a prisons health system that perpetuates vulnerability to health risks and consequent violation of their right to health and a regulatory framework that does not adequately respond to the unique needs of women prisoners.  The aim of Chipo’s research is thus two pronged:

  1. To examine the role of participation of women prisoners in decision-making to enhance their enjoyment of their right to health; and
  2. To examine how the Zambian regulatory framework can effectively guarantee such participation.


Gloria Chikaonda

Gloria holds a BA/LLB (2016) and LLM (2018) in Comparative Law in Africa from the University of Cape Town. She is in the first year of her PhD focusing on African legal theory, legal pluralism and customary law. Gloria has worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant in the UCT Private Law Department and a Research Fellow for the Centre of Comparative Law in Africa at UCT for which has carried out research on regional trade integration as well as the social contract in Africa.  She served on the UCT Student Representative Council as International Students' Chair and Secretary General from 2016-2017 and on the Postgraduate Law Students' Council as Events and Marketing Officer, President and Treasurer from 2017-2019 respectively. Gloria was recently accepted into the Stanford International Legal Studies JSM Program (SPILS), which she will be starting in the fall of 2019 and is a recipient of the prestigious Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholarship (2019 cohort).


Grace Moyo 

Grace is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant (Administrative Law and International Law) in UCT's department of public law. Her research interest in the broad sense is in policy, gender-based violence and access to justice, and her Ph.D. examines how university disciplinary procedures can be better formulated to yield more just outcomes in sexual misconduct cases. She served as a Director for National Model United Nations New York for 4 years, with whom she has published 9 research papers on global issues that include children's rights, sexual violence in conflict, international drug strategy and policy, and sustainable development. In addition to a wide variety of other posts, she has also served as a Policies and Processes Fellow at the African Leadership University in Mauritius where she was instrumental in drafting the institution's Equality and Diversity policy, and a student-friendly policy dissemination strategy, as well as reviewing student disciplinary procedure frameworks.


Philile Ntuli

Philile’ personal, academic and professional curiosities are founded on the connectivity of social, psychological, and structural systems and processes, and on the inter-relatedness of the notions of agency and power. Philile has acquired a combined working experience of 12 years: in the national government policy environment, as a social-entrepreneur and within an academic, civil-society environment. Her work focuses on women’s relationship with the state, its laws, and its practices - and on exploring the extent to which South Africa’s project of democratisation can be seen to disrupt historical gendered hierarchies. Her areas of research interest include African feminisms, gender justice, public law and policy, and  land. Philile is currently working towards a PhD exploring the historical trajectory of women’s movement relationship with the state, and how laws and social institutions constitute and distribute power in contemporary South African society.

Carina Bruwer

Carina is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town’s Centre of Criminology. She holds LLB and LLM degrees from Stellenbosch University and is an admitted attorney. Her research looks at transnational organized crime at sea and explores responses to ivory and heroin trafficking to and from Eastern Africa. Potential responses are considered by drawing from the international counter-piracy response off the Horn of Africa and the wider Western Indian Ocean. Her research is inter-disciplinary and explores subjects like organized crime, global governance, international criminal law and maritime law enforcement. 


Tamsanqa Mashasha

Dissertation title: Masters of their Universe: Masculinity, Muscularity, and Steroid Use in a Gym Setting: A South African Case Study.

My dissertation explores the world of the gym. I focus on the personal histories that contributed to gym-going men having become engaged in gym culture and the values that they espouse to explain their obsession. Also, I investigate their views on their gym activities and on the boundary between legal and illegal use of supplements (including Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS)).

I completed my undergrad, Honours and Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

My primary areas of research interest is Philosophy, specifically Ubuntu. This arises from the political nature of African humanisms, some scholars suggesting there to be sound reason for the preference of the ‘Dialogue’ of Ubuntu over that of intellectual traditions that have been complicit in the colonial perpetuation of the idea that Africans are not human or have nothing to contribute to history or philosophy. My other key research interest are the body and power, masculinity and social perceptions regarding the legitimacy/illegitimacy of AAS.