Samantha is a research associate with the AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU. Her masters research focuses on positive masculine identities and how they are embodied in leaders within an HIV advocacy group based in Gugulethu. Samantha is a fellow of the South African Social Science and HIV Programme (SASH) which is co-funded between the University of Cape Town and Brown University. She holds and Social Science Honours degree in Gender and Transformation and an undergraduate Social Science degree in Gender Studies and Law both attained the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include HIV, sexual and reproductive health rights, women and children, adolescents, gender and intersectionality.
Gemma is a Research Associate with the AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU), concentrating the financing and governance of African HIV responses. She is an Associate Editor for the African Journal of AIDS Research, a peer-reviewed research journal publishing papers that make an original contribution to the understanding of social dimensions of HIV/AIDS in African contexts. She works as an independent consultant to organizations such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, specializing in assignments related to HIV and TB investment decisions and meaningful engagement of affected communities. Gemma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree in Political Science from York University, and a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town.