Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub

Research Assistants

Shameem Bray

Research Assistant: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub)

Shameem BrayShameem is a Project Coordinator for the Adolescent Engagement Project at the Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. She has worked in project coordination for the past 5 years in the NGO and research sectors. Her research interests include child & adolescent development, health and well-being and she is currently completing her Master’s degree in Public Health, Social and Behavioural Sciences. 

 

 

Contact details:

Email: shameem.bray@uct.ac.za

Office: Room 4.29 Centre for Social Science Research, Leslie Social Science Building

Shameem’s CV is available here


Nicole Chetty

Nicole ChettyNicole is a Research Assistant for the Accelerate Hub since February 2020 and has been supporting with monitoring and evaluation in the COVID-19 parenting work, but also extending this to support the M&E work associated with the LEGO grant in South Africa, evaluating ParentText, ParentChat and ParentApp as they are piloted.

 

 

 

 

Contact details:

Email: anicolechetty@gmail.com / nicole.chetty@uct.ac.za

Nicole's CV available here

Latest publications:

Cluver, L., Doubt, J., the Teen Advisory Groups South Africa, Wessels, I., Asnong, C., Malunga, S., Mauchline, K., Vale, B., Medley, S., Toska, E., Orkin, K., Dunkley, Y., Meinck, F., Myeketsi, N., Lasa, S., Rupert, C., Boyes, M., Pantelic, M., Sherr, L., Gittings, L., Hodes, R., Kuo, C., Chetty, A., Thabeng, M. (2020) Power to participants: methodological and ethical reflections from a decade of adolescent advisory groups in South Africa, AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1845289

 


Angelique Thomas

Senior Research Assistant : HEY BABY UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub) 

Angelique ThomasAngelique is a social science researcher with a particular interest in stigma and intersectionality, marginalised groups, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health. She is currently a Senior Research Assistant working on the HEY BABY study where she is involved in longitudinal qualitative research in South Africa with adolescent girls and young women living with HIV, their primary caregivers, and their sexual partners to explore the complex pathways leading to unintended pregnancy and viral failure. Additionally, she works with the Adolescent Engagement and Participation Group where she supports the development of participatory research methodologies to understand how young people want to participate in research and understand COVID-19 related challenges they are currently facing. Angelique is currently pursuing her PhD in the Dept of Anthropology, UCT, under the supervision of Prof Susan Levine & Dr Elona Toska on the sexual and reproductive health resilience of young women living with HIV in South Africa.

 

 

Contact details:

Email:angelique.thomas@uct.ac.za

Anqeligue's CV is available here

Latest publications:

de Villiers, L., Thomas, A., Jivan, D., Hoddinott, G., Hargreaves, J. R., Bond, V., Stangl, A., Bock, P., Reynolds, L., & HPTN 071 (PopART) study team (2020). Stigma and HIV service access among transfeminine and gender diverse women in South Africa - a narrative analysis of longitudinal qualitative data from the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial. BMC public health, 20(1), 1898. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09942-5

Hoddinott, G., Myburgh, H., de Villiers, L., Ndubani, R., Mantantana. J., Thomas, A., Ayles, H., Bock, P., Fidler, S., Hayes, R., Seeley, J., Shanaube, K., Hargreaves, J., Bond, V., and Reynolds, L on behalf of the HPTN 071 (PopART) study team. (2018). Households, fluidity, and HIV service delivery in Zambia and South Africa – an exploratory analysis of longitudinal qualitative data from the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial. Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Bond, V; Ngwenya, F; Thomas, A; Simuyaba, M; Hoddinott, G; Fidler,S;  Hayes, R; Ayles, H; Seeley, J and on behalf of the HPTN 071 (PopART) study team. (2018). Spinning Plates: Livelihood mobility, household responsibility and anti-retroviral treatment in an urban Zambian community during the HPTN 071 (PopART) study. Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Viljoen, L; Thorne, M; Thomas, A; Bond, V and Hoddinott, G on behalf of the HPTN 071 (PopART) Study Team. (2016). A narrative analysis positioning HIV relative to personal (sexual) relationship challenges in an agony aunt column in the Western Cape, South Africa – Antie Mona’s ‘love advice’. AIDS CARE Vol 28, Issue sup3.


 

Vayda Megannon

Research Assistant: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub)

Vayda Megannon

Vayda  is a socio-political researcher and PhD candidate at The University of Cape Town. Areas of intertest include women and children’s rights, prevention of violence against women and children, transformative justice and family relations. She has worked with institutions such as the HSRC, The Children's Institute and The UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents Hub

 

 

 

Contact details:

Email: Vayda.megannon@gmail.com

Latest publications 

Megannon, V. (2020) Practices of Inheritance Among Muslim Women in Cape Town. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper No. 450. Available at: http://www.cssr.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/256/Publications/WP450Megannon.pdf

 


 

Zahra Abba Omar

Research Assistant: UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub)

Zahra Abba OmarZahra is a research assistant with the Accelerate Hub. She is currently completing her Honours degree in Sociology at UCT. Her research is located at the intersection between technology and the social sciences and is concerned with the influence of technology on society, in particular, the use of technology in repression and in resistance.  Zahra is a recipient of a NRF Honours Innovation Scholarship for 2020. Her thesis, supervised by Associate Professor Amrita Pande, focuses on the implications of the feminization of artificial intelligence – specifically virtual assistant software – under surveillance capitalism. She is also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow for 2019/2020, a programme of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation that identifies and supports young academics of colour early in their career path.

 

 

Contact details:

Email: ABBZAH003@myuct.ac.za

Zahra’s CV is available here

Latest publications

Toska, E. & Abba Omar, Z. 2019. Making U=U work for adolescents living with HIV: Making options, choices, and opportunities available for all, DSBS Fieldnotes, viewed 9 June 2020, <http://www.dsbsfieldnotes.uct.ac.za/news/making-uu-work-adolescents-living-hiv-making-options-choices-and-opportunities-available-all>

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