Mr Nkululeko Makhubu

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7880

In February 2018, Mr Nkululeko Makhubu was appointed as a Master?s intern in the Education and Skills Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). His research focuses on the use of big data during new student movements in South Africa. Makhubu supports the student movement research project, particularly focusing on the online and offline relationship of student participation and student politics in African universities.

Makhubu holds undergraduate degrees from the University of the Western Cape, in B Admin and BCom Honours in Information Systems. He is currently enrolled as a MCom Information systems scholar at the University of Cape Town.

Before joining the HSRC, Makhubu worked at the University of the Western Cape, in the Institutional Advancement unit, Marketing and Communications Office. His role oversaw social media coordination on official University media platforms. Key to this was engagement with multifaceted audiences associated with UWC Online and the physical location through an efficient online presence. Makhubu is contributing to a book with Prof. Thierry Luescher and Prof. Tanja Bosch, titled, Tweeting #FeesMustFall: The dynamic interaction of the online life and offline protests of an internet-age networked student movement in South Africa.

Makhubu has contributed to a book chapter titled The Effectiveness of Twitter as a Tertiary Education Stakeholder Communication Tool: A Case of #FeesMustFall in South Africa. He is also working an article focusing on student movements. He is a part of the 4IR task team, researching 'Youth in the Future of Work.