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Ms Janet K. C. Chisaka




Email address: j.chisaka@ru.ac.za

Office number: +27 (0)46 603 8890


Lecturer in Sociology

MA, PhD Candidate (Rhodes University)



Social and cultural change

Demographic change


Health and illness



Medical profession and practice

Healthcare policy

Health and illness narratives

Technology and healthcare



Mapadimeng, M. S. & Khan, S (eds.). 2010. Contemporary Social Issues in Africa: case in Gaborone, Kampala, and Durban. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa.

Chisaka, J. K. C. & Coetzee, J. K. (2009). The effect of HIV/AIDS and generational poverty on biographical disruption; the life stories of Eastern Cape women. Acta Academica, 41 (2) 132-157.



University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar, 2010 Fall.

Joint Research Committee, 2010 Rhodes University Research Grant.

National Research Foundation (NRF), 2004-2006 Research Grant under Professor Jan K. Coetzee’s NRF Sustainable Livelihoods Project.



South African Sociological Association



The professional dominance perspective:  an analysis of Eastern Cape general practitioners’ and specialists’ views on the national health insurance (2011-2012). Presented at the 2016 Annual South African Sociological Association held at the Rhodes University, Grahamstown (26th – 29th June).

 “United in achieving quality health care”: A case study of two new public-private partnership hospitals in South Africa. Presented at the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars, School of Public Health (October, 2010).        

A critical reflection on using assessment for learning. Presented at South Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (SEWSA), 2009 Workshop, Rhodes University

Guidelines for the disinfection of drinking water. Presented at the 2009 Water Institute of South Africa Conference in Port Elizabeth (11th – 13th May)

A critical reflection on using assessment for learning. Presented at South Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (SEWSA), 2009 Workshop, Rhodes University

Teaching sociology in a complex world: a critical reflection on using assessment for learning

Presented at the 2008 Higher Education Learning and Teaching in South Africa & Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning conference held at Rhodes University (30th November – 3rd December)

Teaching sociology: what am I doing? Presented at the 2008 Annual South African Sociological Association held at Stellenbosch University (7th - 10th July).

Chronic poverty and HIV/AIDS.  Presented at the 2008 North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA) Conference in Burlington, Vermont, USA (17th – 19th October).

A biographical disruption due to AIDS and generational poverty: women’s experiences.

Presented at the 2007 Annual South African Sociological Association held at the University of the North-West, Potchefstroom (25-28 June).



2017 Robert Letsholo Walaza (Masters)

A thematic analysis of the challenges experienced by those living with tuberculosis.



2017 Cassandra Guerra (Honours with distinction)

“I don’t have HIV ok”: The perceptions of five white male students at Rhodes University surrounding HIV/AIDS.

2017 George Nabembezi (Honours)

Migrating to Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa: A case study of ‘skilled’ and ‘unskilled’ Ugandans.

2017 Sharon Taulo (Honours)

A study of the impact of gender cultural practices on HIV/AIDS rates in rural Malawi.

2017 Zenanile Zoe Dlamnin (Honours)

Public knowledge and beliefs about mental illness in South Africa.

2016 Buncwanekazi Mankantshu (Honours)

The impact of HIV knowledge on behaviour

2015 Paige Hardisty (Honours with distinction)

A comparative study analysing attitudes and responses to the implementation of school counselling in public and private schools in Grahamstown, South Africa.

2015 Meryn Tee (Honours)

A qualitative study on the experience of adoption for two families in Grahamstown, South Africa.

2012 Sinazo Nomsenge (Honours)

Health and health policy: public awareness and general knowledge of national health policies, health-related rights by King Williams Town residents.

2012 Avuyile Maselwa (Honours with distinction)

Training and work experience of nurses and enrolled nurse in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

2012 Amkelwa Mapatwana (Hounours with distinction)

Reproductive health rights for children between the ages of 12 to 15 in Ntabankulu, in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

2012 Lethabo Happy Sekele (Honours with distinction)

A qualitative analysis of Community/Home-Based Care in South Africa: The Case of Volunteers in Perskebult village, Limpopo Province

2011 Esteri Msindo (Honours)

An exploration of coloured and Xhosa men’s definition and experience of masculinity as it relates to Xhosa ritual circumcision.

2009 Kimberly Usher (Honours, with distinction)

The emotional labour experienced by pastors in their work: a case study of three pastors in Grahamstown.

2008 Yeukai Mukorombindo (Honours)

Community engagement and service learning at Rhodes University.

2008 Nadine Dzambo (Honours)

Students’ perceptions of race at Rhodes University.

2008 Jetaime Samodien (honours)

Educational inequalities in subject grade in South Africa: A study of the limitations imposed on learners writing their subjects on standard grade.



Zenalile Zoe Dlamini (Masters)

Mental health policy and practice in Swaziland.

Tadala Kudala (Masters)

Mental health perceptions among the youth in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Throne Ntshinga (Masters)

A study of the implementation of the national policy on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at Rhodes University.

Bokang Phiri    (Honours)       

Traditional leaders and community councils in Lesotho: roles and challenges on rural development.

Thab’sile Mgwili (Honours)    

Impact of dumping sites on health in Grahamstown East, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Siphokazi Mathe (Honours)   

A sociological analysis of Rhodes University students’ perspectives on the determinants of health

Mpona Setsabi (Honours)      

A Black, African woman‘s identity, community and cultural authenticity: What does hair have to do with it?

Zondelela Njaba (Honours)                

The impact of gender socialization on Rhodes University students’ perspectives on the determinants of health.

Unathi Mabukane      

A study of the impact of the Rhodes University’s community engagement on Grahamstown residents.

Lloyd Wambua           

The influence of pop culture on Rhodes University students’ perspectives on health.

Michaela Kock            

A phenomelogical study of the lived experiences of former private school youth from poor families.

Qaqambile Luthuli (Honours)

Experiences of reproductive health services in SOWETO, Johannesburg, South Africa.


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