Tia Linda Zuze
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.