Rhodes>ISER>People >Research Associates>Dr Reesha Kara BSocSci, Hons, MA (UKZN), PhD (Rhodes)



Reesha is currently a researcher at the ISER focusing on human and economic development. She recently completed a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) where her work looked at single motherhood among educated women in South Africa. This was closely linked to her PhD, also completed at NALSU which adopted a mixed methods approach and focused on identifying trends and characteristics of never married older mothers in South Africa. Her research interests include single motherhood, socio-economic wellbeing, gender relations, poverty and social issues concerning everyday South Africans. Specifically, Reesha has years of experience and training in quantitative research methodology, focusing on the analysis of nationally representative survey data. Many of her research projects have been developed around the use of social statistics to understand social and economic phenomenon. Reesha has a Master’s degree in Population Studies, Honours degree in Sociology and Bachelor of Social Science (Industrial Psychology and Sociology) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.



Kara, R. and Maharaj, P. (2015) Childbearing among Young People in South Africa: Findings from the National Income Dynamics Study. Southern African Journal of Demography, 16(1): 57-85.

Contributed to Eastern Cape Economic Review 2017 where I conducted statistical analysis, interpretation, and write-up of labour market trends.

Contributed to the Eastern Cape Labour Market At A Glance, Quarterly Labour Force Survey Fact Sheets 2015-2016. All quarters.

Provided statistical analysis on South African Tourism Data for the publication: A Guide to using the online South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator. Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa.

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