Tia Linda Zuze

Senior Researcher

Linda is an economist and a senior researcher at RESEP. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Researching Education and Labour. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town. Her PhD was the joint winner of the 2009 Founder’s Medal, which is awarded by the Economics Society of South Africa for the top PhD in Economics in South Africa each year. She has over 14 years of local and international experience in the design, management and analysis of social surveys spanning across several African countries. She has also worked as a resident researcher, senior university academic and as a technical adviser to a number of government departments across the continent.

 

Linda has used her experience and training to promote the technical rigour of African research. She has also been involved in programmes that help to bridge the gap between research and policy using a variety of methods. Linda’s research has primarily focused on inequalities in African education systems. However, since 2016 she has also conducted research on behalf of Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ). Their programs are designed to expand access to financial services among underserved groups in Zambia. They target farmers, rural households, small businesses, women and youth. Linda is passionate about capacity building and nurturing the talent of emerging female researchers.

The impact of the Coronavirus and lockdown on children’s welfare in South Africa

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…
September 30, 2020 By: Servaas van der Berg, Tia Linda Zuze, Grace Bridgman PDF

School Leadership and Local Learning Contexts in South Africa

International research has shown that the quality of school leadership and management (SLM) is important for teaching and learning, particularly in schools where there is…
September 17, 2020 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Juan, A PDF

Opportunity Gaps Among South African Girls

This policy brief compares educational progress among South African girls across the socioeconomic spectrum to shed some light on which girls are actually succeeding academically…
June 7, 2020 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

School leadership and local learning contexts in South Africa

ZUZE TL & JUAN A. (2018) School leadership and local learning contexts in South Africa. Educational Management Administration & Leadership.
December 10, 2018 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Juan Andrea PDF

Bullies, victims and bully-victims in South African schools: Examining the risk factors

JUAN A, ZUZE TL, HANNAN S, GOVENDER A & REDDY V. Bullies, victims and bully-victims in South African schools: Examining the risk factors. South African Journal…
December 10, 2018 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Juan Andrea, Ashika Govender & Vijay Reddy PDF

School leadership and local learning contexts in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2018
The role of the school principal in South African schools has evolved. No longer are they only seen as managers and administrators; they are also…
September 4, 2018 By: Tia Linda ZuzeAndrea Juan PDF

Human Resource Inputs and Educational Outcomes in Botswana’s Schools: Evidence from SACMEQ and TIMMS

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2010 Abstract: This study explores the important relationship between policy variables that represent a school’s human resources and product variables…
October 17, 2017 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

Financial self-efficacy: a determinant of financial inclusion

  Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between financial self-efficacy (FSE) and financial inclusion (FI) among individual financial consumers in…
April 23, 2017 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Rachel Mindra, Musa Moya, Odongo Kodongo PDF

What has variability got to do with it? Explaining gender achievement gaps among African primary school students

  Abstract There has been a global increase in the number of girls studying mathematics but women still remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce. The…
April 23, 2016 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Vijay Reddy PDF

A Riddle Explained: Gender Disparities in East African Education

Zuze, T.L., 2015. A riddle explained: gender disparities in East African education. African Review of Economics and Finance, 7(2), pp.29-59.
  Abstract There can be little question that studying the relationship between education and inequality will benefit public investment in education. Although primary school enrollment…
April 23, 2015 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

The changing role of teachers in reversing poverty and inequality: evidence from Botswana

  Abstract This study explores the important relationship between policy variables that represent a school's human resources and product variables in the form of student…
April 26, 2014 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

School resources and the gender reading literacy gap in South African schools

  Abstract The importance of reading literacy as a foundation for academic success is widely acknowledged. What is less well understood is why gender patterns…
April 23, 2014 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Vijay Reddy PDF

Free education and social inequality in Ugandan primary schools: A step backward or a step in the right direction?

  Abstract The intent of this study is to understand both direct and indirect resource effects in the context of a mass education system in…
April 26, 2011 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Murray Leibbrandt PDF

School resources and academic performance in Sub-Saharan Africa

  Abstract We investigate links between students’ achievement and several resource inputs in African primary schools, using data from the 2000 Southern and Eastern Africa…
April 26, 2011 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Valerie Lee PDF

School Effectiveness in 14 Sub-Saharan African Countries: Links with 6th Graders’ Reading Achievement

  Abstract In this article school characteristics linked with educational effectiveness in 14 sub-Saharan African countries are identified. Effectiveness has been defined in terms of…
April 26, 2005 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Valerie Lee, Kenneth Ross PDF