Ms Ncamisile Zulu
In March 2016, Ms Ncamisile Zulu was appointed as a PhD research intern in the Education and Skills Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Her research focuses on Black women, identities, resilience and agency within the South African context. Zulu writes on father absence and academic performance amongst Black women. She also writes on Black women within the academia and young children and youth into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers.
Zulu holds a BSocSci (Psychology), BSoc Sci Hons (Psychology) and a MSoc Sci (Research Psychology) all from the University of KwaZulu- Natal. She is currently completing her PhD, which focuses on the agentic discourses of Black female professors from a South African context at the University of KwaZulu- Natal.
After finishing her Masters degree, Zulu was a research intern at Health Systems Trust where she participated in various research projects, which sought to strengthen the South African health system. Zulu has authored two peer reviewed journal articles: Zulu, N.T. & Munro, N. (2017) "I am making it without you, dad": resilient academic identities of black female university students with absent fathers: an exploratory multiple case study. Journal of Psychology in Africa and Resilience in Black women who do not have fathers: a qualitative inquiry. South African Journal of Psychology.
She is also involved in carrying out the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) which is a study where South African learners at grade 5 and grade 9 levels are assessed in order to compare their achievement with their international counterparts. She also writes blogs and opinion pieces for the TIMSS newsletters which is a medium used to communicate results from the TIMSS and related studies. Zulu is also part of the Youth into Science Study (YiSS) where she has led multiple studies that focus on science Olympiads and competitions and their impact on the promotion of science among South African learners.