Professor Rajen Govender
PhD Political Psychology and Research Methods, University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), 1994
MA Research Psychology, New York University, 1990
MA Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1989
Rajen is a highly-skilled researcher and teacher with over 30 years of experience in the research, consulting and university environments. He has served as a research consultant and advisor to numerous public sector clients (National Governments, National Departments and Provincial Governments, Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank, German Technical Corporation (GTZ), European Union (EU), United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), etc.), private sector clients (MTN, Multichoice, etc.) and scientific agencies (Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), Medical Research Council (MRC) etc.) in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In his consultancy work Rajen has utilised a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research methodological approaches and tools in fields such as public policy in health, education and foreign affairs, social development, household impact assessment, good governance, peace and justice.
His current research interests are HIV/Aids, anti-retroviral (ARV) adherence, and substance abuse, peace and security, community development, interpersonal violence, social cohesion and transformative justice. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has a number of articles and books in current production. He also serves as advisor to numerous civil society organisations and initiatives.
Rajen has previously worked with Mthente on research projects for the following clients:
- Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry;
- Amandla Edu-Football, through its partnership with the Safety and Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town (SaVI-UCT) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC
- TBSP Advertising and Marketing.