Social Policy & Intervention (2017 cohort)
I am a DPhil student in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (SPI) and affiliated with Green Templeton College. My research interests revolve around the determinants of educational continuity and educational attainment in young South African mothers who are affected by HIV. This research aims to inform policy and stimulate change by identifying modifiable factors that support young women to continue schooling during pregnancy and thereafter. My DPhil will be part of the larger funded research-project 'Youth Pulse' which is a longitudinal, mixed-method, community study with a cohort of 1059 HIV-positive adolescents and 53 health clinics.
Before commencing the DPhil in Social Interventions, I completed a B.Sc. in Psychology (University of Groningen) and an M.Sc. in Psychological Research (University of Oxford). In 2016, I joined SPI as a Research Collaborator, supervised by Prof. Lucie Cluver and Dr. Franziska Meinck. For the past three months, I have called the Eastern Cape in South Africa my home, where 'Youth Pulse' takes place. I worked as part of the incredible field-team which is currently working hard to complete the third wave of data collection for this longitudinal project. I have been very lucky to work in such an amazing team and I feel very privileged to be able to continue working amongst this incredible group of people for the next three years.
I would also like to thank the ESRC and the Grand Union for believing in the importance of my research and supporting me during my DPhil.
Please feel free to drop me an email if you are interested in hearing more details.