Junior Research Fellow
Ms. Dikeledi Mokoena is a PhD candidate in political Studies at the University of Pretoria.
Her research interests are in Political Economy and Gender with a specific focus on Socio Economic Crises and Gender Dynamics: Survival and Transformation strategies. Ms Mokoena is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand where she was twice awarded a Merit Award for her postgraduate studies. She obtained her Masters Degree in 2012 from the same university. In 2009 she was awarded a Ruth First 1st runner up price for research excellence for a topic titled “contraceptive utility as emasculation” which focused on the following themes masculine identity, reproductive health and socio-economics. In 2014, Ms. Mokoena chose to empower herself and nourish her Africa-centred, Afrocentric and Decolonial epistemic interests by enrolling for an African Political Economy course offered by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) which she passed with distinctions culminating in her absorption to work as a research assistant at the institute. Her dedication to work and academic excellence including willingness to learn and leadership skills afforded her a role as a TMALI Research Coordinator of two multi-country projects namely 1) ‘Migration and Regional Integration in Africa: ECOWAS and SADC in comparative perspectives’ and 2) ‘Illicit Financial Flows in Southern Africa: The case of the mining sector’ where she contributes as a writer and SADC field research team leader. Ms. Mokoena was recently elected to become part of the African Unity Renaissance conference where she is the youngest scientific committee member. Ms. Mokoena is also a Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Fellow from the 2015 Southern Africa Regional Leadership Centre where she was elected as a leader of the Public Management stream. Her passion for education and empowering others is reflected in the many years of voluntary tutoring work serving learners in/from poor townships and facilitation workshops on Youth Leadership and Governance as well as helping community stakeholders in education to address social ills plaguing South African communities and schools such as sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, xenophobic sentiments and so forth through MGSLG. Ms. Mokoena recently served as moderator at an International Women’s Day round table panel on Black Women’s Lives and Black Women’s Bodies’.
- New Economic Governance
- Alternative Economics
- African Feminism and Womanism
- Masculinity Studies