School of Social Sciences

Sharmla Rama

Sharmla Rama

Senior Lecturer



Contact Number 031-260-5188

CampusPietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address New Arts Building, Room 337A, Golf Road Campus

Last Updated 1 year ago


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.

Degrees Held

  • 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)

Research Interests

  • 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

teaching Interests and Expertise

Selected Publications

Student Supervision

Community Involvement

  • 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
  • 2006-2007Identification 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