2020/21 Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor Mokgale Albert Makgopa

Professor Mokgale Albert Makgopa

Professor Mokgale Makgopa serves as the Dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Venda. The school addresses needs and challenges of disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). He is an alumnus of UNISA and Stellenbosch and he holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Literature from UNISA. Professor Makgopa is a seasoned and renowned international scholar in African Literature (all the genres), Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), Sociolinguistics, Onomastics and Folklore. He is a C3 NRF rated researcher in language, literature and folklore. Prof Makgopa has researched and published extensively. He has published about 28 articles in peer reviewed and accredited journals, eight book chapters and nine books.

Dr Kolawole Samuel Adeyemo

Dr Kolawole Samuel Adeyemo is a senior lecturer in the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies at the University of Pretoria. He holds a PhD in Educational Management from Cavite State University in Philippines; completed post-doctoral research at the University of Pretoria in 2014, and is also an alumnus of John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr Adeyemo's expertise lies in the field of international and comparative studies in higher education. His work often involves exploring new populations of internationally mobile students, issues of policy in emerging and underresearched regional higher education destinations, as well as issues related to quality and social justice. He is currently an assistant editor for the accredited Journal of International Students and is the Country Director (South Africa) for the Society of Transnational Education Researchers (STAR).

Dr Kolawole Samuel Adeyemo

Professor Thaddeus Hines Metz

Professor Thaddeus Hines Metz

Thaddeus Metz, currently a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria, obtained his PhD from the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University in 1997. He has since published nearly 300 scholarly books, chapters and articles, amongst which are more than 50 different works that have been reprinted and translated. Much of this work takes an analytical approach to African morality, the meaning of life, the nature of mental health, the point of a university, the role of a legal system and a range of other topics in value theory and moral-political philosophy. Recent recognition for Professor Metz's research includes being designated one of The World's Top 50 Thinkers by Prospect Magazine and being awarded an 'A1' rating by South Africa's National Research Foundation (2019–2024).

Professor James Adera Ogude

Professor Ogude is the Director at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria and an NRF A-2 researcher. His research interests include African literature written in English and postcolonial theories, with a specific focus on issues of memory and reconstruction of African history and identities. During the past decade he has studied popular cultures and literature in Africa, and more recently, his research focus has shifted to postcolonial ecologies. He is the principal investigator in a supra-national project funded by the Mellon Foundation, involving the Universities of Ghana, Makerere, Cape Town, and Pretoria. He is also currently leading the University of Pretoria in a collaborative project on "Climate Justice and Problems of Scale", sponsored by an international Consortium for Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI).

Professor James Adera Ogude

Professor Catherina Schenck

Professor Catherina Schenck

Professor Catherina Schenck holds a DPhil in Social Work and is recognised as an established researcher by the NRF. She currently holds the position of Professor and DSI/NRF/CSIR Research Chair in Waste and Society at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She has taught at the University of Pretoria, Unisa and headed the Department of Social Work at UWC. She has authored and co-authored 90 peer reviewed articles in national and international journals and several books and book chapters. She loves conducting research in the communities relevant to her institution. When she was at Unisa she was awarded the Chancellor's medal for her community engagement projects and research.

Professor Fortune Ganda

Professor Fortune Ganda holds a Doctor of Commerce in Accounting degree from the University of Limpopo, and was recently awarded the National Research Foundation's Y2 researcher rating. Professor Ganda is currently an associate professor at the Walter Sisulu University in the Department of Accounting. He has also previously taught Accounting, Research and Financial Mathematics at the University of Limpopo and MANCOSA, while supervising Masters and Doctoral research work. His research interests are sustainability accounting, responsible investment and integrated reporting. He has published 32 SAPSE accredited journal articles and one book chapter. He also serves as a reviewer in notable high impact journals and is an editorial board member in two international finance and accounting journals.

Professor Fortune Ganda

The names featured above mark the last lot of the 21 nominees competing in the Established Researchers' category. From Monday, we will get a glimpse into which scholars have been nominated in the Emerging Researchers' category. Stay informed.