Ms Thelma Oppelt

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

Ms Thelma Oppelt is a PhD Research Trainee in the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Since joining the HSRC in 2016, she has been involved in projects assessing the impacts of the Square Kilometre Array telescope on human development. 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 training colleagues in qualitative data analysis using software.

She is currently working on the following projects: The Imprint of Education which is funded by the Mastercard Foundation; The new South African student movement From #RhodesMustFall to #FeesMustFall: The new South African Student Movement funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation and a subproject which looks at Violence and Well-being in the Context of the New SA Student Movement. This project is jointly conducted with the University of Venda and funded by the National Research Foundation. She is also involved in another subproject dealing with the history of student leadership in South Africa which is jointly conducted with, and co-funded by, the Council on Higher Education.

Ms Oppelt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Life Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as Honours and Masters of 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.