Sharmla Rama is a sociologist based in the School of Social Sciences, the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Prior to this, she was a research specialist in the Child, Youth and Family programme, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and previously, a survey statistician at Statistics South Africa. Sharmla’s PhD, in Sociology completed in 2014 (UKZN), raised questions about the epistemological worldview and evidence-base supporting transport (mobility) research, policies and practices on children and youth in South Africa. Shamla completed a post-graduate diploma in Higher Education in 2017, and this stimulated an interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Sociology. At UKZN, Sharmla teaches and coordinates a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (UKZN)
- PhD (Sociology) (UKZN)
- Masters of Arts (Sociology) (University of Natal)
- Bachelor of Arts Honours (Sociology) (University of Natal)
- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Geography) (University of Natal)
- Sociology of Childhood and Youth (emerging niche area): Space, Place, and Mobility and Transport
- Gender and development:
- Theory – Global South thinkers, Africanisation, Decolonisation and Indigenisation
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Sociology
Membership of Professional Bodies
- 2018-2022 Board Member of Research Committee 53 International Sociological Association
- 2018-2022 RC53 Newsletter Co-editor
- 2014-2018 Board Member of Research Committee 53 International Sociological Association
- 2019 Member of the American Sociological Association – New International Associate Member
- Member of the Children and Youth ASA Section
- Member of the Teaching and Learning in Sociology Section
- 2013- 2021 Member of the International Sociological Association (ISA)
- 2017- 2021 Member of the ISA Research Committees on Regional and Urban Development (RC21)
- 2013- 2021 Member of the ISA Research Committees on Youth (RC34)
- 2013- 2021 Member of the ISA Research Committees on Children (RC53)
- 2019 -2022 Member of the ISA Research Committee on Women, Gender and Society (RC32)
- 2012-2019 Member of the South African Sociological Association
- 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.
- 2020 Malwande Bhengu (Sociology) – “A Review of the Visual Arts Curriculum and Content for South African High School”
- 2020 Ayanda Nyathikazi (Sociology) – “Colonization, Coloniality, Epistemic Violence, Epistemicide, Decolonisation and Decoloniality in the Context of Knowledge Production”.
- 2017 Thereso Octavia Thembi Mathonsi “The Relevance of Urban Place, Space and Locality in the Everyday Lives and Activities of Young People”
- 2016 Emmanuel J. Chikwelu: “The Proverbial Oppression of Women in Igbo African Culture: A content analysis of the semantics of female devaluation in Igbo proverbs”
- 2015 Jacinta W Munene: “Mature age students and higher education”
- 2014 Nosipho Brightness Gwala: “Degree choices of undergraduate students in the College of Humanities”
- 2013 Mphatso Moses Kaufulu: “Therapy Seeking Trends of Postgraduate Students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus”
- 2010 Nosipho Nompilo Gwala: “An exploration of mobility and the socially mediated dimensions of private ‘car sharing schemes’ among students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus”
- 2016-2018 “Young People’s Lived Realities and Constructions of Urban Space, Place and Locality”. Recipient of the National Research Foundation Thuthuka Grant, Post- PhD track, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
- 2016 “Undergraduate’s Learning and Teaching Experiences and Environments: A Case Study of First-Year Sociology Students at the University of KwaZulu- Natal’s Pietermaritzburg Campus”. Recipient of the UKZN Teaching and Learning Competitive Grant, University of KwaZulu-Natal
- 2006-2007 “Identification of data systems on orphan and vulnerable children”. USAID and Department of Social Development for the project via Human Sciences Research Council
- 2003 UNICEF funding to develop the OVC RAAAP report for South Africa via Human Sciences Research Council.
- 2018-2020 Spatial Humanities with Professors M Naidu and E Khalema as PIs. Mellon Grant
- 2018 UCDP Blended Learning Project with Professor Ruth Hoskins as PI – Working on the Honours Research methods modules. It is a joint venture with the School of Education.
- 2018 UCDP CHUM Project with Professor Ruth Hoskins as PI
- 2016 Critical reflections on the conceptions, experiences and the practices of teaching and learning research methods in the Social Sciences” Project Leader: Professor Ruth Hoskins