Professor Deevia Bhana is currently the DST/NRF South African Research Chair (SARChI, Tier 1) in Gender and Childhood Sexuality at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research lies in the areas of gender, sexuality, children, young people and schooling. This research is informed by a cross-cutting approach, drawing from the sociology of childhood, political economy, critical feminist and sexuality studies, and masculinities. Deevia enjoys considerable international recognition in the field with two fellowships at Columbia University (US) and most recently an academic writing scholar funded by the Rockerfeller Foundation (Italy)
The originality of Deevia’s research lies in its focus on gender, sexuality, race, class, culture and childhood, punctuated by poverty, wealth, violence and inequalities. This focus has led to wider contextualization with many international research collaborations in the US, UK and Australia contributing to global debate around gender and childhood sexualities. Her work appears in lead journals including Social Science and Medicine; Childhood, Culture, Health and Sexuality; Sexualities; Discourse; International Journal of Educational Development; Gender and Education; British Journal of Sociology of Education. She has published over 100 scientific articles and chapters in books and authored and edited 8 books. Her most recent book is Love, sex and teenage sexual cultures in South Africa: 16 turning 17 (Routledge). She is currently working on a new book about Young Boys. Deevia is a B 2-rated National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher.