Ms Thelma Oppelt

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 8000

Ms Thelma Oppelt is a PhD Intern in the HSRC?s Education and Skills Development research programme. Her current projects assess the impacts of the Square Kilometre Array telescope on human development, and the development of policy responses to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Oppelt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Life Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as Honours and Masters degrees in Psychology from the University of South Africa. She is currently completing a PhD in Psychology, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, at Nelson Mandela University. Her thesis considers how Gambling Disorder is a specific risk factor for Intimate Partner Violence.

Prior to working at the HSRC she worked as a Confucius Classroom Co-ordinator, establishing networks between UCT and Schools in the Cape Town as Mandarin language course sites, particularly schools on the Cape Flats and in the Townships.

Oppelt has co-authored two articles on the SKA and Human Development. Her projects at the HSRC focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and she played a central role in organising the South Africa ? EU Dialogue on the 4th Industrial Revolution. She was also part of the HSRC team providing support to the Department of Science and Technology?s strategy and policy development initiatives relating to the 4IR. Thelma has experience in fieldwork and project management, including roles in a recent project to study the human development impact of the Square Kilometre Array telescope, and in a current study that is investigating innovation and inclusive development in relation to interactions between science institutions and marginalised communities.