Nicola Deghaye is enrolled for a PhD at Stellenbosch University, under the co-supervision of Professor Servaas van der Berg and Professor Jill Hanass-Hancock (a disability expert).
Nicola has several years’ experience as a health economist in the areas of HIV and TB, and more recently in the economics of disability. Her previous work in disability economics examined the opportunity and out-of-pocket costs of disability to households in South Africa. This research project, together with her role as Treasurer of a special school in Durban piqued her interest in the economics of inclusive education in South Africa.
Her PhD focuses on measuring enrolment and support for children with disabilities at school-level.
Nicola obtained a Masters in Health Economics from the University of York (United Kingdom) in 2003 and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (cum laude) from the University of Natal in 2000.