Dr Christa Van Zyl
Dr Van Zyl is responsible for research co-ordination and research ethics in the organisation, functions attached to the office of the Deputy CEO Research.
She holds a PhD in comparative education as well as an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. Her MBA research report focused on the role of Key Performance Indicators in strategy implementation, and her PhD dissertation on the impact and implementation of research.
Prior to joining the HSRC, Dr Van Zyl worked as a high school mathematics teacher. She joined the Group: Education and Training at the HSRC as a junior researcher and has been involved in a broad range of projects. As researcher, project leader and research co-ordinator, she was involved in policy-relevant research projects covering such areas as the development and implementation of the national qualifications framework (NQF); the implementation of Curriculum 2005; effective governance and management in education; and the evaluation and effective utilisation of educational media such as radio, TV, video and computers in schools. Some of the above projects also included the development of learning materials or evaluation instruments.
Apart from experience as a researcher, Dr Van Zyl has worked in the HSRC as a research administrator for the Social Dynamics Group, and as funding co-ordinator in the Office of the CEO. She currently serves as National Contact Point (NCP) for the Socio-Economic and Humanities (SSH) thematic area under the European Union?s seventh Framework Programme for research (EUFP7). Christa has authored, co-authored or edited various client reports, book chapters, journal articles, occasional papers, conference papers and conference proceedings.