About Us

RESEP (Research on Socio-Economic Policy)
RESEP is a group of researchers in the Department of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. It developed around a long-term research focus on issues of poverty, income distribution, social mobility, economic development and social policy. This was further stimulated when Servaas van der Berg in 2008 became the South African National Research Chair in the Economics of Social Policy, financially supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF). This led to further consolidation of research work in this area.

Most RESEP researchers are full-time researchers or research students, though some are employed within the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University, or even at other universities. Funding for RESEP comes from a variety of sources. The funds obtained from the NRF through the Research Chair and from other funded research is supplemented through research consultancies for various institutions, including government and international organizations such as the World Bank, Unicef, NGOs, private sector corporations, think tanks, etc.

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Our Team

Management

Servaas van der Berg
South African National Research Chair In The Economics Of Social Policy

Researchers

Cobus Burger
Researcher
Ronelle Burger
Researcher and Associate Professor
Rulof Burger
Researcher and Associate Professor
Carmen Sue Christian
Researcher
Trust Gangaidzo
PHD Student
Nicola Deghaye
Researcher and PHD Student
Joel Gondwe
Researcher and PHD Student
Thomas Ferreira
Researcher
Martin Gustafsson
Researcher and Advisor to the Department of Basic Education
Heleen Hofmeyr
Researcher and PHD Student 
Dumisani Hompashe
PHD Student
Adaiah Lilenstein
Researcher and PHD Student
Nwabisa Makaluza
Associate Researcher
Kholekile Malindi
Researcher
Martina Mchenga
PHD Student
Herman Meyer
Consultant to RESEP
Nompumelelo Mohohlwane
PHD Student
Jaah Mkupete
PHD Student
Eldridge Moses
Researcher
Nangamso Mtsatse
PHD Student
Martin Mwale
PHD Student
Marlies Piek
Researcher and PHD Student
Rebecca Selkirk
PHD Student
Debra Shepherd
Researcher
Anja Smith
Researcher
Nic Spaull
Research Fellow
Cloé van Biljon
Researcher
Chris van Wyk
Researcher
Dieter von Fintel
Associate Professor
Marisa von Fintel
Researcher
Gabrielle Wills
Researcher
Tia Linda Zuze
Senior Researcher

Support and Administration

Silke Rothkegel van Velden
Project Manager
Carine Brunsdon
RESEP Secretary