Mr Nkululeko Makhubu

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7880
EMAIL: nmakhubu@hsrc.ac.za

Mr Nkululeko Makhubu is a Junior Research Trainee in the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) Division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), in Cape Town. He joined the HSRC in February 2020.  Mr Makhubu is an MCom Information Systems student at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His current research on Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) is a case study on the #FeesMustFall student movement to describe the 'soft power' influence Twitter had on the movement online and offline in South Africa's higher education climate. Naturally, using multimedia storytelling, advancing decolonial Higher Education Research and Development, and also theorising software application development research (for youth) is important to his career development.

Mr Makhubu is graduating his MCom in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, and was awarded his BCom (Honours) in Information Systems and Business Administration from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Before joining HSRC, Mr Makhubu?s first ever `job? was as the main social media person at the Rectorate office, Institutional Advancement at UWC in 2012. His interest in social media-based research started when he curated the institutional social media accounts from the University of the Western Cape during #FeesMustFall in 2015 and 2016.

Mr Makhubu has co-authored a number of publications relating to his research interests which have included conference presentations, a book, a research report and journal articles. Some of these include Twitter and student leadership in South Africa: the case of #FeesMustFall (2020, Routledge with Prof Terry Luescher); and The effectiveness of Twitter as a tertiary education stakeholder communication tool: a case of #FeesMustFall in South Africa.