Emma Arogundade, MPhil

Emma has an MPhil in critical diversity studies from the University of Cape Town, where she has also taught courses on race, class, and gender; development theory and practice (with a critical postcolonial lens); and 21st-century culture and society. She was a senior researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council, where her projects included a qualitative, longitudinal study looking at race, education, and emancipation in higher education in South Africa, and another on privilege and social justice in four African institutions. She has numerous publications, some academic and some generated during her time working at various NGOs in gender, gender violence, human rights, HIV/AIDS, and municipal service delivery. She joined SIT full time in 2016 after having taught and supervised SIT students on a consultative basis for many years.

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Arogundade, E. & Jennings, G. (2020) Gaining or losing ground – ensuring that ‘Post-COVID-19’ transportation serves the needs of women with low-income in Sub-Saharan African Cities. Transport Links.

Swartz, S., Mahali, A., Moletsane, R., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N., Cooper, A & Groenewald, C. (2018). Studying while black: Race, education and emancipation in South African Universities. HSRC Press.

Arogundade, E. (2017). ‘They come to me for help’: Thinking about community activism and social status in a small town in the Northern Cape in Amtaika, A (Ed.) Culture, democracy and development in Africa. Pan-African University Press. pp383-401.

Arogundade, E. (2014). The female condom: Problematic Plastic or Choice Protection? HSRC Review. 12(2): 24-25.

Swartz, S., Deutsch, C., Moolman, B., Arogundade, E., Isaacs, D. (2016). Ensuring an optimal environment for peer education in South African schools: Goals, systems, standards and policy options for effective learning. African Journal of AIDS Research.

Mitchell, M., Harvey, E. & Goredema, R. (2008). Her Strength: A woman’s guide to surviving trauma. Oshun Books (A division of Struik). Cape Town.


  • MPhil, Critical Diversity Studies, University of Cape Town
Emma Arogundade, MPhil

SIT Graduate Institute

Country Coordinator

MA in Sustainable Development Practice

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