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Shakila Singh

Position Associate Professor
Discipline Gender Education
Phone 031 260 7326
Email singhs7@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood campus
Office Address CF141 Main tutorial building,

Profile

Experience:

  • 2005: Academic Programme Co-ordinator (Masters in Education)
  • 2006: Senior Lecturer,
  • 2006 Academic Programme Co-ordinator (Masters in Education)
  • 2007 Academic Discipline Co-ordinator: Science Education
  • 2010 Senior lecturer: Gender Education
  • 2013 Academic Discipline Co-ordinator (Gender Education)
  • 2017 Associate Professor: Gender Education

Accomplishments:

  • NRF Rating: C2:  2016-2021
  • Principal Investigator – NRF funded project-Safer learning environments: Reducing gender based violence at UKZN residences and selected schools- current

Awards:

  • School of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching – 2016
  • ‘Best Paper of the Session’ award at the International Conference on Culture, Knowledge and Society, Thailand-2016
  • Commonwealth split-site scholarship award for PhD studies in UK- 2000-2001
  • Chancellor’s award (UDW) for excellence for outstanding academic and research achievement - 2001
  • School of Educational Studies Women in research recognition award – 2000
  • UDW Merit award -1996

Research Interests:

  • Gender Education; Gender, Teenage pregnancy; sexuality and HIV, Gender violence

Teaching Interests:

  • Gender Education; Gender, Teenage pregnancy; Sexuality and HIV, Gender violence

Supervision:

PhD, Masters, Hons projects in the fields of:

  • Gender Education; Gender, Teenage pregnancy; Sexuality and HIV, Gender violence

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Participatory research- working with students and schools towards addressing gender violence and creating safer learning environments

Publications

  • (2017). Policy for Prevention of Sexual Assault on Campus:  Higher education Students’ Perspectives. With B. Mabaso, R. Mudaly and A. Singh-Pillay. Alternation. 23(1): 113-134.
  • (2016). Easier said than done: African male university students’ projections of masculine performances within (future) marriage. South African Review of Sociology, 47(4) DOI: 10.1080/21528586.2016.1163287.
  • (2016). Reflections of a group of South African teenage mothers: Sexual health implications (2015) with A. Hamid. Health Education Journal (Impact factor 0.694) 75 (3): 278-288, first published online on March 17, 2015. DOI: 10.1177/0017896915574891
  • (2015). Connecting with pre-service teachers’ perspectives on the use of digital technologies and social media to teach socially relevant science with R. Mudaly, K. Pithouse-Morgan, L. van Laren and C. Mitchell. Perspectives in Education, 33(4): 23-41.
  • (2015). The What, Who and Where of female students’ fear of sexual assault on a South African university campus, with A. Singh-Pillay and R. Mudaly. Agenda, 29(3): 97-105.
  • (2015). Digital Animation for “Going Public” with K. Pithouse-Morgan, L. van Laren, C. Mitchell and R. Mudaly. South African Journal for Higher Education, 29(2) 237-259.
  • (2014). Health and liberation crossroads: Cigarette smoking among female students at a South African university. Alternation, 21(1): 190-202.
  • (2013). Starting with ourselves in deepening our understandings of generativity in participatory educational research, with L. van Laren, R. Mudaly and K. Pithouse-Morgan. South African Journal of Education. 33(4): 1-16.
  • (2013). Women want love, men want wives: The discourse of romantic love in young adults’ future marriage goals. Agenda, 27(2): 22-29.
  • (2012). Exploring University Educators’ Lived Experiences of Curriculum Innovating through Integrating HIV & AIDS, with L. van Laren, C. Mitchell, R. Mudaly and K. Pithouse-Morgan. Alternation, 19(2):138-161.
  • (2011). Young women’s understandings of (future) marriage: links to sexual risk and HIV prevention. Agenda, 87: 38-42.
  • (2011). Choosing to be unsafe: young adults’ sexual decision-making within the context of HIV and AIDS. Journal of Educational Studies, 10(1): 207-222.
  • (2010). Shifting public/private boundaries: Young women’s sexuality within the context of HIV and AIDS in South Africa. Agenda, 83: 88-94.
  • (2008). (Teen) Age is more than a number: Generational identity within the context of HIV and AIDS. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 18(3): 217-222.
  • (2007). Risking It: Young Heterosexual Femininities in South African Context of HIV/AIDS, with M. Dunne. Sexualities,10(2): 157-170.
  • (2005). “It’s not as easy as ABC”: Intergenerational power and resistance within the context of HIV/AIDS. Perspectives in Education, 23(3):11-19.
  • (2004). Safe sex or safe love? Competing discourses within the context of HIV/AIDS. Alternation: International Journal for the study of Southern African Literature and Languages, 11(2): 440-453.
  • (2004). Deconstructing “adolescence” within the context of HIV/AIDS. Bulletin for Academic Staff and Students. School of Educational Studies, UKZN, 1 (1): 37-47.
  • (2003). Understanding the context: HIV/AIDS education in South Africa. MANCOSA Journal of Management and Administration, 2(2): 1-9.

Peer-reviewed Chapters in Books

  • (2017). Interviewing Teenage Schooling Mothers: Insights From Research and Supervision in Sensitive Areas, with P. Naicker in SAGE Research Methods Cases in Health, online publication (http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526407528)
  • (2012). Gender, Sexuality and HIV and AIDS education in South Africa with D. Bhana, in International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 18, 213-230. Emerald Group Publishing Limited: United Kingdom.
  • (2007). Heterosexual Masculinities in South Africa, with M. Dunne, in Gender, Sexuality and Development, Education and Society in sub-Saharan Africa, 159-169. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, Taipei.
  • (2004). Science teaching engaging with the problem of HIV/AIDS, with M. Savage, in School Science in Africa. Learning to teach, teaching to learn, 160-179. Juta Gariep: South Africa.
  • (2003). Gender and HIV/AIDS: Unsafe sex as a rational choice. In Biakolo, E., Mathangwane, J. and Odallo, D. (Eds). The Discourse of HIV/AIDS in Africa, 200-204. Gaborone.

Research Projects

  • (2013-current). Project title: Safer learning environments: Reducing gender based violence at UKZN residences and selected schools.

    Overall goals: This project is funded by the NRF. The overall goals of this project include a commitment to the improvement in the quality of education by creating safe learning environments where male and female students can participate fully and freely. This study attempts to provide reliable statistics on the extent, the location, the times and the nature of gender-based violence (GBV) at UKZN. There are no available statistics of this kind. It contributes to addressing methodological challenges of accessing reliable data and researching in sensitive areas. It engages students in reflecting on their social, cultural, political, educational and institutional circumstances that make them vulnerable to being victims and/or perpetrators of GBV. It entails working with students rather than for students. This reflection challenges some of the social, cultural, political, educational and institutional circumstances that make them vulnerable, and facilitates the development of strategies to reduce GBV at university.

    Position: Principal Investigator

  • (2015-2016). Project title: Exploring support-seeking behaviours of male undergraduate students at UKZN (with Dr Ronicka Mudaly, Dr Vimolan Mudaly, Dr Asheena Singh-Pillay, Ms Bongeka Mabaso).

    Overall goals: This project is funded by the UTLO office of UKZN. The overall goals include: To explore male undergraduate students’ perceptions about support provided at UKZN, to explore the social construction of gender in male undergraduate students’ support-seeking behaviours at UKZN, to explore social norms and ideologies influencing male undergraduate students’ support-seeking behaviour, and to explore male undergraduate students’ perceptions about the effects of support-seeking behaviour on academic performance.

    Position: Core Research Team member

  • (2011-2014). Project title: Exploring and showcasing the work of lecturers/tutors/fieldworkers who contribute to the teaching and learning of HIV&AIDS education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (with Dr Linda van Laren, Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, Prof Claudia Mitchell and Dr Ronicka Mudaly)

    Overall goals: This project was funded by the UTLO office of UKZN. The overall goals included an exploration of the experiences and work of university educators who are involved in curriculum innovating through integrating HIV & AIDS in their teaching at a South African university. The study aimed to locate, document, highlight, encourage and explore further possibilities for curriculum innovating through integrating HIV & AIDS in Higher Education.

    Position: Core Research Team member

  • (2010- 2012). Project Title: To have and to hold: Young adults’ understandings of and preparation for life within marriage

    Overall goals: The overall goal of the study was to explore the gendered expectations of young adults of their own roles and those of their marriage partners. The study focused on young people’s understandings about and preparedness for dealing with safety within marriage, with particular relevance to the context of HIV/AIDS.

    Position: Principal Investigator

  • (2011). Project Title: Smoking amongst female university students

    Overall goals: The overall goals of the project included an attempt to understand why more female university students have taken up smoking in spite of the possible negative impacts that this may have on their health. It also looked at the intersections of gender, race, and class in the particular meanings that female student smokers attach to their versions of femininity. An important focus was to understand female university students’ notions of empowerment, freedom and responsibility in relation to possible health risks.

    Position: Principal Investigator


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