Dr Priya Buldeo

DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7960
EMAIL: pbuldeo@hsrc.ac.za

Dr. Priya Buldeo is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the rank of Research Specialist in the Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation unit based at the Nutrition Centre in Cape Town. She holds a Master's degree (Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. in Health Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg.

Before joining the HSRC as a Research Specialist in September 2016, Dr. Buldeo held positions as a Postgraduate Mentor, Teaching Assistant and Associate Lecturer at Wits - specialising in the Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociological Foundations of Health and Human Behavioural Science. During her tenure, she received merit scholarships and awards from the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation (SA) as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (USA) and Wits for academic and research excellence and innovation. She is a member of the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society and organisations such as the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population; Global Health Network; International Sociological Association; British Sociological Association and South African Sociological Association.

Dr. Buldeo has experience in Sociology; Psychology; Medical Anthropology; Demography; Public Health and Population Studies. Her broad areas of research interests include: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), health behaviours and obesity - centred on the role of culture on health outcomes, risk and help-seeking behaviours in the African context. These fit well amid the rising prevalence of NCDs globally and the emerging field of Medical Humanities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Her most recent research (2016) was conducted as part of her Doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the psychosocial aspects of cardiovascular diseases among retail pharmacy workers in Johannesburg. Dr. Buldeo's research outputs further span the authoring of national and international conference presentations and symposiums as well as a peer-reviewed article published in the African Journal of AIDS Research (2015). In addition, she has published reviews on obesity, eating disorders and the media and on sex, gender and society, which appear in the Sociology of Health & Illness (2015) and The Sociological Review (2015) respectively. Another review appears in New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy (2017) which addresses issues of poverty, inequality and protecting the health of the poor.