Carmen Sue Christian


Carmen Christian is a development economist who is passionate about public health issues. Her understanding of these issues is strengthened by her inter-disciplinary background in health sciences and economics. She joined the Department of Economics at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in 2011 after working in the South African health sector for over seven years. Her research interests include health-seeking behaviour, health inequalities, access to healthcare and quality of (health)care.

She is currently finishing her PhD in Economics at Stellenbosch University. Her PhD explores drivers of poor tuberculosis outcomes in post-apartheid South Africa. Carmen believes that her chosen career path will advance research that impacts health policy – and ultimately health outcomes – for the better.

Navigating COVID in the post lockdown period: Shifting risk perceptions and compliance with preventative measures

A report stemming from NIDS-CRAM wave 1, a project consisting of work by a national consortium of 30 social science researchers from five South African…
October 5, 2020 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Ronelle Burger, Brendan Maughan-Brown, Russell Rensburg, Laura Rossouw PDF

Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management at public healthcare facilities in South Africa

Burger, R., Christian, C.S., Gerdtham, U.G., Haal, K., Hompashe, D.M., Smith, A. and Schutte, A.E., 2019. Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management…
November 14, 2019 By: Anja Smith, Carmen Sue Christian, Dumisani Hompashe, Ronelle BurgerUlf Gerdtham, K. Haal, Alte Schutte PDF

Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks in high-burden tuberculosis communities: the case of the Western Cape, South Africa

Christian, C., Burger, B., Claassens, C., Bond, V. & Burger, R. (2019). Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks…
March 18, 2019 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Cobus Burger, Rulof Burger, Mareli Claassens, Virginia Bond PDF

Measuring Quality Gaps in TB Screening in South Africa Using Standardised Patient Analysis

Christian, C., Gerdtham, U.G., Hompashe, D., Smith, A. and Burger, R., 2018. Measuring quality gaps in TB screening in South Africa using standardised patient analysis.…

Management in the South African public health sector: An x-inefficiency perspective

  Abstract Inefficiency in the South African public health sector contributes significantly to the country's relatively poor health outcomes, yet it is poorly understood and…
May 2, 2012 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Nicholas Crisp PDF