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Sharmla Rama
Position Lecturer
Discipline Sociology
Phone 033 260 5188
Email ramas@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address Room 337A, New Arts Building

Degrees Held

  • BA, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Research Interests:

  • Child mobility and transport
  • Gender, transport and development
  • Teaching research methods in Higher Education
  • Sociology of Childhood and Youth
  • Teaching and  Learning in Higher Education

Professional Affiliations:

  • 2012-2014 South African Sociological Association(SASA)
  • 2013-2019 International Sociological Association
  • 2013-2017 International Sociological Associations Research Committees on Youth (RC34)
  • 2013-2017 International Sociological Associations Research Committees on Children (RC53)
  • 2014-2018 Board Member: International Sociological Associations Research Committee on Children (RC53)

Teaching Areas:

  • Introduction to Sociology – undergraduate level one
  • Introduction to South African Society – undergraduate level one
  • Research Design: An introduction – undergraduate, level three
  • Research Design, Methods and Analysis – Honours level
  • Social Research Design and Practice – Masters level

Supervision:

    Masters and PhD supervision
  • 2014 Lulu Knightingale Mmakola: MASTERS by Research “Transport, Gender and Agricultural Development: A case study of the Capricorn District in Limpopo South Africa”

Awards:

  • 2011 University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Social Sciences 2012 Award for Best New Academic

Publications/Selected Publications:

Thesis titles:

  • Rama, S. (2014). Child mobility, time use, and social exclusion: Reframing the discourse and debates. Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
  • Rama, S. (1999). The influence of transport on the life chances and experiences of school goers: A case study of the Pietermaritzburg District. Masters Dissertation submitted for the degree of Master of Arts, in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Monographs:

  • Streak, J; Dawes, A; Ewing, D; Levine, S; Rama, S and Alexander, L (2007). Children working in the commercial and subsistence agriculture in South Africa: A child labour-related rapid assessment study. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council in Association with Department of Labour, as lead department in the Child Labour Programme of Action
  • Richter, L. and Rama, S. (2006). Building resilience: A rights-based approach to children and HIV/ AIDS in Africa. Save the Children Sweden.
  • Richter, L. and Rama, S. (2006). Summary version: Building resilience: A rights-based approach to children and HIV/ AIDS in Africa. Save the Children Sweden.
  • Potgieter, C-A., Pillay, R., and Rama, S., (2006). Women, development and transport in rural Eastern Cape. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  • Noble, M, Babita, M, Barnes, H, Dibben, C, Magasela, W, Noble, S, Ntshongwana, P, Phillips, H, Rama, S, Roberts, B, Wright G and Zungu, S. (2006). The Provincial Indices of Multiple Deprivations for South Africa. Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy, UK.
  • Bah, SM and Rama, S. (Eds) (1999).). Towards improving the registration of marriages and divorces in South Africa: Proceedings of a national workshop. Statistics South Africa, Pretoria (ISBN 0621298298)
  • Rama, S and Bah, S.M (2000) Strategic monitoring and evaluation document for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in South Africa, 1999-2004. Presidency, South Africa.

Journal Articles:

  • Rama, S (2014). Developing ‘new’ avenues and domains in youth research: Youth mobility and transport, South African Review of Sociology. Vol. 45, No. 3, pp 95-112.
  • Rama, S (1999). Vital secrets still go to the grave, Children First, December 1999/ January 2000, Vol. 3, No. 28.

Chapters in Monograph/Books:

  • Richter, L., Dawes, A., Rama, S., and Chandan, U., (2008). Children in South Africa. The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Children’s Issue Worldwide: Sub-Saharan Africa- SOUTH AFRICA -Volume Editor: Laura Arnston. Westport: Greenwood Press.
  • Rama, S and Richter, L.M (2007). Children’s household work as a contribution to the well-being of the family and household. Chapter Seven, in Amoateng, A.Y and Richter L.M (eds) Families and Households in South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Conference papers:

  • Ramas, S (2014). Examining Child Mobility and Transport: Challenges for Theory and Practice. XVIII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13-17 July 2014.
  • Ramas, S (2014). Socio-political and empirical representations of children in national development agendas: reproducing or reframing of dominant worldviews? South African Sociological 2014 Annual Congress, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.5-8 July 2014.
  • Ramas, S (2013). Children’s Positioning, Portrayal and (Re) Presentation in Mobility Studies: Towards Reframing The Discourses and Practices. South African Sociological 2013 Annual Congress, University of South Africa, City of Tshwane, South Africa.30 June to 3 July 2013
  • Rama, S. (2008). Children’s Mobility, Time Use and Social Exclusion. 8th Annual Transport Research Symposium of the Eastern Centre of Transport Development (Ecotd), 31 October 2008. Assagay Hotel and Conference Centre, Assagay.
  • Rama, S. (2007). The Identification of Data Systems on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Department of Social Development, NACCA Research Working Group, 23 November 2007.  Pretoria.
  • Rama, S. (2007). The Identification of Data Systems on Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Department of Social Development, NACCA Meeting, 23 August 2007.  Pretoria.
  • Rama, S., and Naidoo, E., (2006). The Identification of Data Systems on Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Department of Social Development, Research Dissemination Workshop, 7th -9th November 2006, Roode Vallei Country Lodge, Pretoria.
  • Dawes, A., Wright, G. and Rama, S. (2006). The Provincial Indices of Multiple Deprivation for Children. Presented to the Joint University of Oxford and HSRC Conference on Indices of Multiple Deprivation and their Policy Relevance, Cape Town, 11 October.
  • Rama, S. and Richter, L. M (2005). Children’s household work as a contribution to the well-being of the family and household, Annual Conference of the International Association for Time Use Research, Halifax, Canada, 2-4 November.
  • Rama, S., (2005). Gendered analysis of patterns of time use and mobility in rural households of South Africa, Annual Conference of the International Association for Time Use Research, Halifax, Canada, 2-4 November.
  • Potgieter, C-A, Rama, S, and Pillay, R (2005). Transport and gender relations in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. Paper presented (by Potgieter, C-A) at the Human Sciences Research Council Winter Conference, 27-28 July 2005. Session F – Gender and racial inequality. 
  • Rama, S and Richter, LM (2004). Children’s household work as a contribution to the well-being of the family and household. Presented at the 5th Joint Population Conference, 2004. 4-8 October 2004. Durban, South Africa.
  • Rama, S and Makiwane, M (2004). Research study on the social relief of distress programme. Presented at the Department of Social Development and National Treasury. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Rama, S and Bah, SM (2000). Monitoring child rights in a society in transition: The opportunities afforded by a transformed statistical agency and the culture of child rights activism. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) on “Statistics, Development and Human Rights. Montreux, Switzerland, 4-8 September 2000.
  • Rama, S (2000) Monitoring the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Paper presented at the National Department of Welfare Workshop on the “Convention on the Rights of the Child/ African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the 1990 World Summit Goals”. Pretoria, South Africa, 16-17 August 2000.
  • Rama, S (2000). Children’s Statistical Newsletter. Presentation at National Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. 15 February 2000. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Rama, S (2000). Concrete Steps towards Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Paper presented at seminar on “Overcoming Women’s Poverty- There is hope”, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Rama, S (1999). Reporting on Infant and Child Death in South Africa. Paper presented at the meeting on “Child and Maternal Health Protection Meeting”, 27 September 2001.
  • Rama, S (1999). The Influence of Transport on the Life Chances and Experiences of School Goers: A Case Study of the Pietermaritzburg District. Paper presented at the National Department of Transport Eastern Seaboard Meeting, 14 April 1999. Durban.

Client reports:

  • Rama, S., Naidoo, E., Shikumo, E., Asiimwe, S., Mothobi, I., Ramseook, Y., Boyce, G., Richter, L., and Bhana, A. (2007). The identification of data systems on orphan and vulnerable children. Research report commissioned by the Department of Social Development. South Africa: Human Sciences Research Council. 25 November 2007.
  • Streak, J., Dawes, A., Ewing, D., Levine, S., and Rama, S (2007).  Nature and causes and impact of child work and labour in agriculture in South Africa:  A study of  three purposively selected sites. Final Report submitted to the Towards the Elimination of Child Labour Program (TECL) of the International Labour Organisation. Cape Town, South Africa: Human Sciences Research Council.
  • Richter, L. and Rama, S. (2006). Desk and stakeholder review: Children affected by HIV/AIDS. Commissioned by Save the Children, Sweden.
  • Richter, L., Mbonambi, M., Boyce, G. and Rama, S. (2005). Mid-Term Review: The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative. Durban: Human Sciences Research Council.
  • Amoateng, A.Y., Richter, L.M., Makiwane, M. and Rama, S. (2004).  Describing the structure and needs of families in South Africa:  Towards the development of a national policy framework for families.  Report commissioned by the Dept of Social Development.  Pretoria: Child, Youth and Family Development, Human Sciences Research Council.
  • Makiwane, M and Rama, S (2004). Research Study on the Social Relief of Distress. Report prepared for the National Department of Social Development.
  • Dawes, A., Kvalsvig, J., Rama, S. and Richter, L. (2004). Indicators of South African Children’s Psychosocial Development in the Early Childhood Period: Phase 1 Report for UNICEF South Africa.
  • Dawes, A. Bray, R., Kvalsvig, J. Kafaar, Z. Rama, S. and Richter, L. (2004). Indicators of South African children’s psychosocial development in the early childhood period: Phase 3 Report for UNICEF South Africa.

Research projects:

  • Project team member for the “Critical reflections on the conceptions, experiences and the practices of teaching and learning research methods in the Social Sciences”. This project stems from on-going conversations between the project team members, their students and other staff members who supervise students but are not involved in the teaching of the research method modules in the School. The focal points of the discussions being how can we enhance student and lecturer efforts in the teaching and learning of research methods, how to contribute to producing world class scholars/ researchers and develop strategies to create an enabling learning, teaching and research environment. Research objectives: 1) to identify and describe the different conceptions, beliefs and practices of teaching and learning research methods in higher education; 2) to examine and identify the personal and contextual factors that mediate in the construction of the conceptions, learning beliefs, preferences and practices or strategies; 3) to examine to what extent conceptions of teaching, strategies, learning and research are interrelated; 4) to explore how this discipline specific pedagogical research can mediate in teacher (lecturer) development and the development of a pedagogical culture in teaching research methods.

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