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2021 Pushing the boundaries: adapting research methodology to document the COVID-19 pandemic from a socio-behavioural perspective in a low/ middle level income country: the case of South Africa

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) resulted in South Africas shelter-in-place lockdown. South Africa is vulnerable to the n...

2020 Use of social media big data as a novel HIV surveillance tool in South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has been heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Social data (e.g., social media, internet search, wearable device, et...

2019 Social network interviewing: a southern methodological innovation that aims at maximising emancipation: understanding adolescence in African contexts

Social network interviewing (SNI) is an exploratory research and intervention tool from South Africa aimed at creating a template for young ...

2019 The effectiveness of Twitter as a tertiary education stakeholder communication tool: a case of #FeesMustFall in South Africa

Twitter has been a prevailing proxy in activating South Africa???s #FeesMustFall student movement. This research explores whether or not, so...