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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
  • Development
  • 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).


  • Honours Hudson Emma (2022) Rhodes University female students’ perceptions of menstruation and menstrual suppression.
  • Honours Makalima Buthanani (2022) (with distinction) The medicalisation of menopause: The impact of menopause on nurses’ and teachers’ emotional well-being.
  • Honours Mthitshane Phamela (2022) Medicalization of menopause: Exploring and evaluating the perceptions among Katlehong women in Gauteng.
  • Honours Yafele Penelope (2022) (with distinction) Exploring the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on menstruation.
  • Honours Vanessa Hlaka (2021) Medicalisation of childbirth and pregnancy.
  • Honours Wzzie Kayira (2021) Medicalisation of childbirth and pregnancy.
  • Masters Raymond Hartle (2020) (with distinction) “Why me, Lord?”: some social factors associated with the receipt of a donor heart in South Africa.
  • Honours Leah Minde (2020) (with distinction) A study into faith healing as an alternative therapy in treating illness and disease in Tanzania.
  • Honours Asisipho Mkhanduvana (2020) An investigation of the use of alternative medicine among Rhodes University students.
  • Honours Ruth Maposa (2020) A study to investigate why students at Rhodes University use complementary and alternative medicine
  • Masters Buncwanekazi Mankantshu (2019) A sociological analysis of the Rhodes University students’ perceptions on the use of traditional medicine and biomedicine.
  • Masters Zenanile Zoe Dlamnin (2019) Mental health, where are we now? A sociological analysis of the integration of mental health into primary healthcare in the Kingdom of Eswatini
  • Masters Throny Ntshinga (2019) A sociological study to explore the knowledge of pre-exposure prophylaxis at Rhodes University.
  • Masters Tadala Kudala (2019) A sociological analysis of Rhodes University students’ understanding of depression.
  • Honours Jessica Spyker (2019) (with distinction) Management of sleep issues among young adults.
  • Honours Victoria Coldrey (2019) Sustainable livelihoods: An investigation of community food gardens.
  • Honours Paige Norman (2019) The impact of cannabidiol use on people living with a chronic illness.
  • Honours Bulelwa Faya (2019) Healthism: The experience of working class students on financial aid in accessing holistic health intervention in Makhanda.
  • Masters Robert Letsholo Walaza (2018) A thematic analysis of the challenges experienced by those living with tuberculosis
  • Honours Bokang Phiri (2018) Traditional leaders and community councils in Lesotho: roles and challenges on rural development.
  • Honours Thab’sile Mgwili (2018) Impact of dumping sites on health in Grahamstown East, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
  • Honours Siphokazi Mathe (2018) A sociological analysis of Rhodes University students’ perspectives on the determinants of health
  • Honours Mpona Setsabi (2018) A Black, African woman‘s identity, community and cultural authenticity: What does hair have to do with it?
  • Honours Zondelela Njaba (2018) The impact of gender socialization on Rhodes University students’ perspectives on the determinants of health.
  • Honours Unathi Mabukane (2018) A study of the impact of the Rhodes University’s community engagement on Grahamstown residents.
  • Honours Lloyd Wambua (2018) The influence of pop culture on Rhodes University students’ perspectives on health.
  • Honours Qaqambile Luthuli (2018) Experiences of reproductive health services in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Honours Cassandra Guerra (2017) (with distinction) “I don’t have HIV ok”: The perceptions of five white male students at Rhodes University surrounding HIV/AIDS.
  • Honours George Nabembezi (2017) Migrating to Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa: A case study of ‘skilled’ and ‘unskilled’ Ugandans.
  • Honours Sharon Taulo (2017) A review of the effects of cultural practices around females have on HIV/AIDS rates in Malawi.
  • Honours Zenanile Zoe Dlamnin (2017) Public knowledge and beliefs about mental illness in South Africa.
  • Honours Buncwanekazi Mankantshu (2016) The impact of HIV knowledge on behaviour.
  • Honours Paige Hardisty (2015) (with distinction) A comparative study analysing attitudes and responses to the implementation of school counselling in public and private schools in   Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • Honours Meryn Tee (2015) A qualitative study on the experience of adoption for two families in Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • Honours Sinazo Nomsenge (2012) Health and health policy: public awareness and general knowledge of national health policies, health-related rights by King Williams Town residents.
  • Honours Avuyile Maselwa (2012) (with distinction) Training and work experience of nurses and enrolled nurse in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
  • Honours Amkelwa Mapatwana (2012) (with distinction) Reproductive health rights for children between the ages of 12 to 15 in Ntabankulu, in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
  • Honours Lethabo Happy Sekele (2012) (with distinction) A qualitative analysis of Community/Home Based Care in South Africa: The case of volunteers in Perskebult   village, Limpopo Province.
  • Honours Esteri Msindo (2011) An exploration of coloured and Xhosa men’s definition and experience of masculinity as it relates to Xhosa ritual circumcision.
  • Honours Kimberly Usher (2009) (with distinction) The emotional labour experienced by  pastors in their work: a case study of three pastors in Grahamstown.
  • Honours Yeukai Mukorombindo (2008) Community engagement and service learning at Rhodes University.
  • Honours Nadine Dzambo (2008) Students’ perceptions of race at Rhodes University.
  • Honours Jetaime Samodien (2008) Educational inequalities in subject grade in South Africa: A study of the limitations imposed on learners writing their subjects on standard grade.








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