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Ernest Nene Khalema

Nene Ernest Khalema

Associate Professor, Dean & Head of School

Discipline Community Development

Emailkhalema@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number 031-260-2288

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address 714, Level 7, Shepstone Building

Last Updated 6 months ago

Bio

Professor Ernest Nene Khalema (PhD) is the Dean and Head of School of Built Environment & Development Studies (SoBEDS). Before joining UKZN, he was a Senior Research Specialist and was then promoted to Chief Research Scientist at the Human Sciences Research Council (2011-2015). Professor Khalema’s academic career began in Canada where he was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Canada (2007-2011), a lecturer/senior lecturer in various Canadian universities and liberal arts colleges since 2001 (i.e. Athabasca University, University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and Concordia University College), just to name a few. Professor Khalema also served as Adjunct Professor of Public Health from 2012 to 2017 at the University of Alberta’s Centre for Health Promotion Studies (Canada), specializing in African migrant epidemiology, health equity for vulnerable populations, and chronic disease prevention.

Professor Khalema is a recipient of a number of teaching, research, and leadership awards. In 2010, he received the Centre for Community Engaged Learning Teaching Innovation Award for Service Learning and Student Engagement from the University of Calgary, Canada. In 2011, he was awarded the John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights’ Individual Human Rights Award; and in 2012 Centre for Race & Culture honoured him with the prestigious community leader Antiracism Award, recognizing his efforts in antiracism/anti-oppression research and scholarship.

His area of research specialization include participatory action methodologies (quantitative and qualitative), medical humanities, social epidemiology, health of vulnerable populations (including trauma studies and mental health), child and youth care, global migration studies, community crime prevention, and sustainable development. Professor Khalema has led and co-led numerous national and international research projects and his areas of research interest in numerous countries including seminal work in Canada, Mozambique, Brazil, and currently South Africa. His projects have tackled interventionist work for community empowerment/engagement; the demography of global migrations and its consequences; and the social epidemiology of vulnerable populations (including migrants and refugees, those experiencing homelessness, people diagnosed with mental health illness, and survivors of racial/gender/sexual violence). Professor Khalema’s research particularly focuses on the impacts of racialization, modernity, development dynamics, culture on individual and community experiences as well as understandings and perceptions of health and wellbeing. Professor Khalema takes a community-based participatory approach to both quantitative and qualitative research, often partnering with community members, government departments, and practitioners in order to identify critical issues, appropriate methodologies, and relevant recommendations for future research, policy development, programme implementations, and interventions.  This focus aims to holistically unpack socio-political, cultural, and economic determinants of wellbeing in responding to underserved and marginalised communities. The aim of this approach is to refine service delivery, monitor and evaluate formal and informal intervention programs, and advance knowledge that will equip communities with the necessary skills and approaches for socio-economic emancipation. This approach is grounded and rooted in the belief that documenting and exploring lived experiences and foregrounding contextual challenges and opportunities will encourage structural change to facilitate impact.

Professor Khalema’s publication record include self and co-authored books, book chapters, technical research reports, conference proceedings, referred journal articles, and policy/research briefs. He is a co-editor of two forthcoming books in 2018 entitled: “Affirming their Resilient Lives: African Migrant Youth in Africa and Diaspora” (2018-Sense Publishers) and “Studying While Black: Race, Education, and Emancipation in South African Universities” (2018- HSRC Press).

His recent co-edited books: “Crisis, Identity, and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa” (2018- Springer); “Children in South African Families: Lives and Times” (2016), “Millennium Development Goals in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond 2015” (2015), and “Africa Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multidimensional Discourses on Development” (2013) unpacked development dynamics in the global south around the political economy of difference where hegemonic prescriptions about modernity, identity, and difference are critically examined and rethought to open up the possibilities of a de-colonial analysis of family systems, social inclusion, and development dynamics borne of struggle.

Degrees Held

  • PhD Sociology Epidemiology of Vulnerability, Medical Sociology, Population Health Epidemiology, Social Stratification, & Comparative Social Policy. University of Alberta, Canada
  • MEd Policy Studies Theoretical, Cultural & International Studies in Education. University of Alberta, Canada
  • Graduate Diploma Education Policy Studies, International/Intercultural Studies (Development and Global Economics, Globalization and  Peace Studies). University of Alberta, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts Sociology and Psychology, Psycho-Social Studies of Community Development, Activism, Civil Engagement. University of Alberta, Canada

Selected Research Projects as PI or Co-PI

Professor Khalema’s research has involved evidenced-based, policy/practice–driven, and community responsive work that is mindful of context. Prof Khalema has led funded projects as PI, Co-PI, Project Leader, and Co-investigator contributing his research expertise as a mixed methodologist with a strong community-based praxis. The areas of thought leadership Prof Khalema has contributed to, are diverse and multidisciplinary [i.e. health disparities for marginalised communities, community development, crime prevention, transcultural mental health, youth transitions, imaginations of difference (i.e. race, identity, class and so forth), employment (in)security; and most importantly migration (with emphasis on immigration policies, forced migration issues, violence as a result of migration, criminality, xenophobia, integration and settlement of refugees and asylum seekers in health and education systems)]. Below is a selected list of research grants awarded as PI and /or CoPI:

  • (PI) Humanizing Space: Towards an African Spatial Humanities (2018-2023)
  • (Co-PI) Drug Regimes in Southern Africa: Pharmaceutical Regulation and Consumption in Twentieth Century Contexts (2017)
  • (PI) Evaluating Safer Cities Unit of the eThekwini Municipality (2016)
  • (PI) Understanding Homelessness in the City of Durban (2015-2016)
  • (Co-PI) Post 1994 Genocide Survivors in Edmonton: Rwandan Community-based Research Project Exploring Mental Health Challenges, Strengths and Pathways to Healing (2015-2016).
  • (Co-PI) Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2015 (2015)-Lead Author: MDG3: Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women (2015)
  • (Co-PI) Future Impact Evaluation for Informal Settlements Targeted for Upgrading in South Africa (2014-2016)
  • (Co-PI) Social Cohesion: The missing Link in overcoming Violence, Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Brazil (2013-2015)
  • Co-PI) Assessing Awareness, Understanding, and Implementation of Population Policy in South Africa (2015)
  • (PI) Situational Analysis of Population and Development in Eight Priority areas of KZN & EC (2013)
  • (Co-PI) Circular Migration in the Eastern Cape and its Implications on Service Delivery (2013-2014)
  • (Co-PI) Unspoken Skills and Tactics: Essentials for Immigrant Professionals in Integration to Workplace Culture (2012-2014)
  • (Co-PI) Education and Emancipation: A Critical, Intervention-Orientated Investigation of Obstacles and Opportunities within the-Higher-Education-and Training Sector in South Africa (2012-2017)
  • (Co-PI) Migration Management in South Africa (2013)
  • (PI) Understanding the Nature and Extent of Substance Abuse/Use in Mpumalanga (2012)
  • (PI) Enhancing the Research Capacity and Literacy of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial and Local Government Planners, Community Health Workers, and Community Practitioners Engaged in Research on “War on Poverty Survey ”and Project Management (2012)
  • (Co-PI) Diagnostic Review: Current Monitoring and evaluation Systems Focused on Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities within the National and Provincial Governments of South Africa
  • (PI) A Review of Risk Factors and Community based Crime Prevention Strategies for Somali- Canadians in Alberta (2011)
  • (PI) A Qualitative Longitudinal Cohort Assessment of Unaccompanied Refugee Youth in Edmonton: Pathways and Transition Options for Successful Integration and Resettlement (2010-2011)
  • (Co-PI) Access to Healthcare Services in the Hospital Emergency Room for Street Involved Youth (2010)
  • (Co-PI) Support needs of postsecondary students who experience mental health difficulties (2009)
  • (Co-PI) Finding Firmer Ground: Support Intervention Preferences for Immigrant Seniors (2005)

Teaching & Learning

Throughout his career, Professor Khalema has developed and taught social science and humanities courses in the disciplines of sociology, social work, development studies, community development, demography and population studies, education, and community health since 2001. Below is a list of Professor Khalema’s areas of teaching expertise:

  • Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Community Participatory Action Research
  • Social Epidemiology and Social Care
  • Health Status of Vulnerable Populations
  • Indigenous Research Methods
  • Critical Race & Indigenous Studies
  • Community and Sustainable Development
  • Community Crime Prevention

At the UKZN, Professor Khalema has expertise in the following areas:

Undergraduate Teaching Expertise (Community Development)

  • CMDV 101 HC Introduction to Community Development
  • CMDV 203 HC Development Theories
  • CMDV 303 HC Population & Community Development
  • CMDV 304 HC Community Profiling

Postgraduate Teaching Expertise (Community Development)

  • CMDV 605 Independent Study
  • CMDV 612/712 HC Research Design
  • CMDV 613/712 HC Research Methodology
  • CMDV 706 HC Power, Participation and Social Change
  • CMDV` 811 HC Advanced Community Economic Development
  • CMDV 812 HC Sustainable Community Development
  • CMDV 814 HC Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • CMDV 820 HC Research Methods

Postgraduate Teaching Expertise (Population & Development Studies)

  • DEVS 815 HC Migration & Urbanization
  • DEVS 816 HC Population and Development
  • DEVS 817 HC Population and Health
  • DEVS 810 HC Gender and Development
  • DEVS 803 HC Comparative Development Problems and Policies

Selected Publications

Professor Khalema’ publication record include self and co-authored books, book chapters, technical research reports, conference proceedings, referred journal articles, and policy/research briefs. He is a co-editor of two forthcoming books in 2020 entitled: “Affirming their Resilient Lives: African Migrant Youth in Africa and Diaspora” (2020-Sense Publishers) and “Bloodstained Elections: Altering Participatory Democracy through Political Violence in African States” (2020, UKZN Press). His recent co-edited books:  “Studying While Black: Race, Education, and Emancipation in South African Universities” (2018- HSRC Press); “Crisis, Identity, and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa” (2018- Springer); “Children in South African Families: Lives and Times” (2016), “Millennium Development Goals in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond 2015” (2015), and “Africa Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multidimensional Discourses on Development” (2013) unpacked development dynamics in the global south around the political economy of difference where hegemonic prescriptions about modernity, identity, migration, and difference are critically examined and rethought to open up the possibilities of a de-colonial and critical race theoretical analysis of  educational institutions, family systems, social inclusion, and development dynamics borne of struggle.

  1. Nyiebek, P. A & Khalema, N.E (forthcoming, 2021). Bloodstained Elections: Altering Participatory Democracy through Political Violence in African States.
  2. Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Moletsane, R., Khalema, N.E., Arogundade, E., Groenewald, C., and Cooper, A. (2018). Studying While Black: Race, Education, and Emancipation in South African Universities. HSRC Press.
  3. Magidimisha, H. H., Khalema, N.E., Chipungu, L Chirimabmowa, T., & Chimedza, T (2018). Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Springer (Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development Series). ISBN 978-3-319-59234-3
  4. Makiwane, M., Nduna, M., & Khalema, N.E (2016). Children in South African Families: Lives and Times. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.
  5. Andrews, N., Khalema, N.E. & Assie-Lumumba, N’Dri (2015). Millennium Development Goals in Retrospect: Africa’ Development Beyond 2015. Springer (Social Indicators Series) ISBN: 978-3-319-16165-5
  6. Andrews, N., Khalema, N.E., Oriola, T., and Odoom, I (2013). Africa Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on ‘Development Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10):1-4438-4184-6
  1. Khalema, N. E. (2020).Affirming Blackness in Post-racial Contexts: On Race, Colourism and Hybrid Identities in Brazil” Africa and Black Diaspora Volune 13 (3), p. 330-342 DOI:1080/17528631.2020.1766132
  2. Khalema, N.E. (2020). “ Linking Blackness to Criminality:A Critical Appraisal of Literature on “Crimigration’ Tropes of Canadian Youth of Somali Descent” Journal of Somali Studies. Vol 7 (2) 101-123 DOI: 10.31920/2056-5682/2020/7n2a5
  3. Spitzer, D. L., Torres, S., Zwi, A.B., Khalema, N.E., & Palaganas, E., (2019). “Towards Inclusive Migrant Health Care”. British Medical Journal.366:14256. DOI:10.1136/BMJ.14256
  4. Ngumbela, X. G., Khalema, N.E., & Nzimakwe, T.I. (2019). “Food Insecurity Conundrum: A Case Study Of Amathole District In The Eastern Cape Province Of South Africa”. International NGO Journal 14(3), p. 13-21.
  5. Ngumbela, X. G., Khalema, N.E., & Nzimakwe, T.I. (2019). “Vulnerability and Food Security in Relation to Status of Rural Poverty in South Africa: A Case of The Amathole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa” Open Science `Journal. 4(1) 1-19
  6. Ngumbela, X. G., Khalema, N.E., & Nzimakwe, T.I. (2019). “Critical Appraisal of the Eastern Cape’s Provincial Integrated Anti-Poverty Strategy” International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. 9(6)
  7. Ngumbela, X. G., Khalema, E. N. and Nzimakwe, T. I. (2019). Local Worlds: Vulnerability and Food Insecurity case of Amathole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.
  8. Muzerengi, T & Khalema N.E. (2019). “An Assessment of Food-Security-Related Articles and Lessons Learnt from Zimbabwe: A Critical Analysis” Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies. Vol 11 (1) DOI:https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v11i1.799
  9. Curtin, K. D., Loitz, C. C., Spencer-Cavaliere, N., Khalema, N. E. (2018). “Challenges of being new to Canada: Considerations for Physical Activity”. Global Health Promotion. Vol 25 (2) 25-33
  10. Shankar, J., Ip, E, and Khalema, N.E (2017). “Addressing Academic Aspirations, Challenges and Barriers of Indigenous and Immigrant Students in a Postsecondary Education Setting” Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2017.1409675
  11. Lai, D.W.L., Shankar, J., Khalema, N.E. (2017). “Unspoken Skills and Tactics: Essentials for Immigrant Professionals in Integration to Workplace Culture” Journal of international Migration and Integration. Vol 18 (3), 937-959
  12. Ndinda, C & Ndlovu, T; & Khalema, N.E. (2017). “Unpacking Community Conceptions of Family Planning in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Lessons for Programming. International Journal on Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(4), 353 doi:3390/ijerph14040353i
  13. Khalema, N.E., Zulla, R., Shankar, J., Chui, Y., & Ortiz, L. (2016). “Participatory Community Action Process Addressing Employment Integration of Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) in Canada: Performing CBPR Principles from the Bottom-up”. Action Learning Action Research Journal 22 (2) p.118-161 

  14. Shankar, J. Khalema, N.E., Zulla, R, Ali, A (2016). “Supporting Visible Minority and Indigenous Students in a Postsecondary Education Setting: Addressing their Academic Aspirations, Challenges, and Barriers”. Journal of Educational Studies. 2 (3), 46-56 

  15. Khalema, N.E. (2016). Linguicism and Nationalism: A Post-Colonial Gaze on the Promotion of Afrikaans as a National Language in Apartheid South Africa” International Journal of Language Studies.Vol10 (2), 91-110
  16. Khalema, N. E., (2015). “The Fecundity of the Race Discourse in Public Health and Epidemiology: Understanding the Limits of Explaining Health Disparities Using Race Categories in Brazil.  International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine, Vol. 3(4), 71-78.
  17. Costumado, M.G.S., Khalema, N.E., Ndinda, C., &, Hari Domingos, M. (2015). “Women’s Access to Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) Services in Mozambique: Advocacy Strategies to Address Barriers” Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict & Social Transformation. 4 (1), 55-82
  1. Ochuodho, S & Khalema, N. (2020). “Enhancing Food Security and Poverty Reduction through Community Participation in Smallholder From Irrigation Project in Kenya” in Ganu, D., Nyakora, M., Razafiarivony, M.A., & Ganu, J (Eds). Rethinking Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Emerging Trends and Issues. CUEA Press, Chapter 19, page 169-179
  2. Khalema, N.E. (2018) “Navigating Race in Higher Education and Beyond” in  Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Moletsane, R., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E., Groenewald, C. &Cooper, A., (Eds). Studying while Black: Race, Education and Emancipation in South African Universities. HSRC Press, p. 50-67
  3. Khalema, N.E. (2018) “Gender Dynamics and (in)equality of Experiences” in Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Moletsane, R., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E., Groenewald, C. &Cooper, A., (Eds). Studying while Black: Race, Education and Emancipation in South African Universities. HSRC Press, p.68-79.
  4. Khalema, N.E., Magidimisha, H. H., Chirimabmowa, T., Chipungu, L., &Chimedza, T (2018). “Crisis, Identity, and (Be)longing: A Thematic Introduction of the Vestiges of Migration in Post-independence Southern Africain Magidimisha, H. H., Khalema, N.E., Chirimabmowa, T., Chimedza, T & Chipungu, L (Eds). Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Springer (chapter 1),p.3-21
  5. Matsinhe, D.M., Khalema, N.E., Costumado, M.G.S. (2018). “From Reservoir to Corridor Changing Patterns of Migration in Mozambique” in Magidimisha, H. H., Khalema, N.E., Chirimabmowa, T., Chimedza, T & Chipungu, L (Eds). Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Springer (chapter 10), p.125-140
  6. Khalema, N.E., Magidimisha, H. H., & Chipungu, L., (2018). “Regeneration and Integration in Southern Africa: Concluding Comments on Contemporary Challenges and Possibilities” in Magidimisha, H. H., Khalema, N.E., Chirimabmowa, T., Chimedza, T & Chipungu, L (Eds). Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa. Springer (chapter 16), p. 225-234
  7. Makiwane,M.B., Khalema,N.E., Gumede, N and Nduna, N (2016). “Children in South African Families” in Makiwane, , Nduna, M., & Khalema, N.E (Eds). Children in South African Families: Lives and Times. Cambridge Scholars Publishing; ISBN (10):1-4438-4184-6, p. xiv-xxi 

  8. Khalema, N.E., Vawda,M., Ndinda,C., and Makiwane, M. B (2016). “Contesting Children’ Positioning in South African Families: Concluding Comments” in Makiwane, , Nduna, M., & Khalema, N.E (Eds). Lives and Times: Children in South African Families. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: ISBN (10):1-4438-4184-6, p. 307-312 

  9. Khalema, N.E & Andrews, N. (2015). “Introduction: Debating Global Development Agenda(s) and the possibilities of Addressing the Millennium Development Goals in Africa” in Andrews, N., Khalema, NE. & Assie-Lumumba, N’Dri (Eds). Millennium Development Goals (MDSs) in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond 2015. Springer, p. 1-16 

  10. Khalema, N. E., Ndinda, C, Makiwane, M., Vawda, M., Bhembe, L., Mahapa, N, and Zondo, N. (2015). “(Ad) dressing Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Issues and its Determinants in Eight Priority Areas of South Africa: Evidence from a Situational Analysis of MDGs in EC and KZN” in Andrews, N., Khalema, N.E. & Assie-Lumumba, N’Dri. Millennium Development Goals (MDSs) in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond 2015. Springer, p.139-158 

  11. Khalema, N.E., Makiwane, M., & Andrews, N (2015). “Conclusion: Prospects Beyond 2015” in Andrews, N. Khalema, NE. & Assie-Lumumba, N’Dri (forthcoming, 2015). Millennium Development Goals (MDSs) in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond 2015. Springer, p309-318 

  12. Ndhlovu, T.P. & Khalema, N.E. (2015) “Southern Africa”. In Barnett, V. (Eds).The Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought. London: Rutledge. 257-268.
  • Khalema, N. E (2005). Review of Adams, Lee, Amos, M., and Munro, James (Eds.) Promoting Health: Politics and Practice. Health Sociology Review.  14 (1) accessed at http://hsr.e-contentmanagement.com/14.2/14.2.9d.html
  • Khalema, N. E (2003). Review of Peter Li’ “Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues” International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction 5 (3), p. 34

Selected Technical Research Reports

  • Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E.,Cooper, A., & Groenewald, C. (2016). “Annual Progress Report: Education and Emancipation-A five-year Longitudinal, Qualitative Study of Agency and Impasses to Success amongst Higher Education Students in a Sample of South African Universities”, November 31, 2016
  • Khalema, N.E., Mothibi, K., Mahapa, N., Costumado, M.G.S., & Makgato, E.M. (2016). Evaluating the Safer Cities Program of the Ethekwini Municipality. Ethekwini Municipality, March 30, 2016
  • Khalema, N.E., Groenewald, C., Sausi, K., Mthembu, Z., Masvaure, S, Desmond, C., & Timol, F (2015). A Qualitative Assessment of Pathways, Challenges, Opportunities, and Services for Street and Shelter Living in Central Durban. Phase 1 Report-developed for the EThekwini Municipality: Safer Cities Unit, November, 2015.
  • Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E., Morison, T., Molefi, S., Groenewald, C. (2015). Annual Progress Report: Education and Emancipation-A five-year Longitudinal, Qualitative Study of Agency and Impasses to Success amongst Higher Education Students in a Sample of South African Universities, November, 2015
  • Ndinda, C; Hongoro, C; Labadarios, D; Ngandu, S; Mokhele, T; Khalema, N.E; Weir-Smith, G; Tshitsangano, F. (2015) Future Impact Evaluation for Informal Settlements Targeted for Upgrading: A Technical Research Report. Department of Human Settlements (DHS), December, 2015.
  • Setswe,G S.MotalaM.MabasoS.Ngandu, S.Mti, F.ArendsL.WinnaarKhalema, N.E., M.MakiwaneC.NdindaB.MoolmanT.Maluleke, L.Chola, G.SetsweM.Mabaso, S.Karuaihe, C.Nhemachena, P.Martin (2015). Millennium Development Goals: Country Report 2015. Statistics South Africa, May 2015
  • Khalema, N. E., Ndinda, C., Moolman, B., & Makiwane, M., (2015). Gender Equality and Empower Women: MDG 3 Goal Report. Statistics South Africa, June 2015.

Chapters In Technical Research Reports

  • Khalema, N.E. (2017) “Race, Integration, and Post Secondary Student Success in Higher Education in South Africa” in Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E.,Cooper, A., & Groenewald, C. (2017). Annual Progress Report: Education and Emancipation-A five-year Longitudinal, Qualitative Study of Agency and Impasses to Success amongst Higher Education students in a Sample of South African Universities”, November 2016 
  • Khalema, N.E (2017). “Class Intersections and Post Secondary Student Success in Education in South Africa” in Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E., Cooper, A., & Groenewald, C. (2017). “Annual Progress Report: Education and Emancipation-A five-year Longitudinal, Qualitative Study of Agency and Impasses to Success amongst Higher Education students in a Sample of South African Universities”, November 2016 
  • Khalema, N.E. (2017) “Gender (In)Equity and Student Success in Higher Education in South Africa” in Swartz, S. Mahali, A., Arogundade, E., Khalema, N.E.,Cooper, A., & Groenewald, C. (2016). Annual Progress Report: Education and Emancipation-A five-year Longitudinal, Qualitative Study of Agency and Impasses to Success amongst Higher Education students in a Sample of South African Universities”, November 2016 

  • Khalema, N.E. & Ndinda, C (2015). “Attitudes towards Foreigners within Informal Settlements Contexts in South Africa”. in Ndinda, C; Hongoro, C; Labadarios, D; Ngandu, S; Mokhele, T; Khalema, N.E; Weir-Smith, G; Tshitsangano, F. (2015) Future Impact Evaluation for Informal Settlements Targeted for Upgrading: A Technical Research Report. Department of Human Settlements, December 2015
  • Khalema, N. E., Ndinda, C., Moolman. B., & Makiwane, M. (2015). “Millennium Goals Report: Goal 3- Gender Equality and Empower Women” in Setswe, S.Motala, M.Mabaso, S.Ngandu, S.Mti, F.Arends, L.Winnaar, E.Khalema, M.Makiwane, C.Ndinda, B.Moolman, T.Maluleke, L.Chola, G.Setswe, M.Mabaso, S.Karuaihe, C.Nhemachena, P.Martin in the Millennium Development Goals: Country Report 2015. Statistics South Africa, May 2015
  • Khalema, N.E. (2014). “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED): Upgrading Public Spaces and Community Infrastructure for Violence and Crime Prevention” in Barolsky, V., Sanchez, D., Khalema, N.E., Davis, D., Mngqibisa, N., Yu, Ke, and Roberts, B (2014). Social Cohesion: The Mission Link in Overcoming Violence and inequality. IDRC, October 2014
  • Khalema, N.E. & Makiwane, M (2015). “Population and the Environment” in Makiwane, M and Chimere-Dan, G. C. (2015). Eastern Cape: The State of the Population 2014. Department of Social Development, Bisho. South Africa, p. 149-156
  • Khalema, N.E. (2015). “Population and Poverty” in Makiwane, M and Chimere-Dan, G. C. (2015). Eastern Cape: The State of the Population 2014. Department of Social Development, Bisho. South Africa, p. 86-100
  • Makiwane, M. & Khalema, N.E. (2015). “Migration and Development” in Makiwane, M and Chimere-Dan, G. C. (2015). Eastern Cape: The State of the Population 2014. Department of Social Development, South Africa, p.76-84.

Selected Reviews and popular Publications

  • Ndinda, C., Hongoro, C., Labadarios, D., Mokhele, T., Khalema, N.E., Weir-Smith, G. & Sobane, K. (2017). Status of Informal Settlements targeted for Upgrading: Implications for Policy and Impact Evaluation. HSRC Review. 15(2):16-19.
  • Curtin K, Loitz, C., Spencer-Cavaliere, N & Khalema, N.E. (2016).“Fitting it in: How being new to Canada influences physical activity” WellSpring , Volume 27, Number 5, May 01, 2016 Available at: https://www.centre4activeliving.ca/news/2016/05/newcomers-to-canada-influences-physical-activity/
  • Groenewald, C., Timol, F., Khalema, N.E., & Desmond, C (2015). “More than Just a Roof: Unpacking Homelessness” HSRC Review, 13 (1), March 2015.
  • Khalema, N. E (2005) “Who’s Healthy? Who’s Not? A Social Justice Perspective on Health Inequities”. CrossLinks, March 2005 Available at: http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/chps/crosslinks_m arch05.cfm

Selected Conferences (Local, National & International) 2015-2018

  • Ochuodho, S & Khalema, N.E. (2018). “Enhancing Food Security and Poverty Reduction through Community Participation in Smallholder From Irrigation Project in Kenya” 4th AUG SDGs Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, September 13-15,2018
  • Costumado, M.G.S., Khalema, N.E.,& Sitoe, L (2017). “Experiencias de Uso de Contraceptivo Mordeno eutre mulheres que se casaram prematuramente no distrito de Namaacha, Mocambique” IV Conferência Internacional do Conhecimento às Decisões: desafio para um diálogo social permanente. Centro de Estudos Africanos, Eduado Montlane University, Mozambique, November 29–30, 2017
  • Khalema, N.E. (2016). “The Ethics of Unpacking Mental Health Issues in the Research on Homelessness: Process, Methods, and Observations from a CBPAR Project in Durban, South Africa” presented at a Symposium entitled: Homelessness and Mental Health at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology, ICC Durban, May 29, 2016
  • Khalema, N.E. (2016). “Using Community-Based Participatory Action Research to Explore Homelessness in Durban Central” presented at a Symposium entitled: Using Participatory Action Research to Explore the Plight of the Street and Shelter Living Community in Central Durban” at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology, ICC Durban, May 29, 2016
  • Khalema, N.E. (2015). “Addressing the Diverse Mental Health issues Impacting Refugees and Immigrant Communities: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaborative Service Delivery”. Keynote address: CCIS Mental Health Symposium, Calgary, Alberta Canada. March 18, 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Khalema, N.E (2015). “Translating a Qualitative Sexual Reproductive Health Research Instrument into Vernacular in South Africa: Complexities, Limitations, and Possibilities for IKS-Informed Content” Plenary paper presented at the African Society of Sexual Medicine Congress, held at Elangeni Hotel (Durban), November 27, 2015
  • Gqaleni, N., Khalema, N.E., Makhoba, Z., Pakade, R., Cele, P., Nyembezi, A (2015). “African Perspectives of Sexual Health and Medicine” Roundtable Discussion: Conversations with Traditional Health Practitioners and Researchers:” presented at the African Society of Sexual Medicine Congress, held at Elangeni Hotel (Durban), November 27, 2015
  • Khalema, N.E (2015). “Knowledge Animation and Community-based Participatory Praxis: Engaging Diverse Communities in Research Practice from the Bottom Up” Presented at the ALARA 9th Action Learning Action Research and 13th Participatory Action Research World Congress held at St. George Hotel and Conference Centre (Centurion, Gauteng), South Africa: 4–7 November, 2015
  • Khalema, N.E. (2015). “Institutional Violence” paper presented in a panel entitled: “Analyzing the Obstacles – What is Structural and What is Personal? Initial findings from a Longitudinal Study on Student Success in South African Universities” World Social Science Forum, (Durban) September 16, 2015
  • Yohani, S., K. Linschoten, K., & Khalema, N.E. (2015). “Cultural Brokering in Mental Health Practice with African Refugee Families in Canada” Presented at the 8th Annual Pan-African PCAF-Psychotrauma ConferenceCatholic University of East Africa, Nairobi (Kenya), July 13, 2015
  • Costumado, M.G.S., Khalema, N.E., Ndinda, C., &, Hari Domingos, M (2015). “Barriers that Prevent Women from Accessing Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) Services in Mozambique and Advocacy Strategies to Address them”. Paper presented at 10th Annual Population Association of Southern Africa Conference. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban ,July 9, 2015
  • Curtin, K. D., Loitz, C. C., Spencer-Cavaliere, N., Khalema, N. E. (2015). “Challenges of being new to Canada: Considerations for Physical Activity”. Presented at the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Edinburgh (Scotland), June 3-6, 2015.

Selected Keynote Addresses

  • Khalema, N.E. (2017). “Durban Safer Cities Evaluation Report” Presented at the African Forum for Urban Safety: Actions for Safer Durban 2030. Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban (South Africa) April 4, 2017
  • Khalema, N.E (2017). “Communities, Health, and the State” 
 Presented at the Households, Families, Health and Care Workshop, Centre for Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand, March 24, 2017.
  • Khalema, N.E (2016). “Understanding Pathways and Challenges of Homelessness in the Durban CBD: A Multi-Method Participatory Action Research Study” Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), eThekwini Municipality: Built Environment Seminar, UKZN May 12, 2016

Community Involvement

  • Professor Khalema is affiliated with a number of local, national, and international community, advocacy, and research organizations including the African Population and Health Research Center (Nairobi Kenya); UN International Organization for Migration (IOM); The Migration, Health, and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI); International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR); and EThekwini Municipality (Safer Cities, MILE) just to name a few. He has collaborated with NGOs, community organizations, and government on a variety of community empowerment projects in Canada, South Africa, and Brazil.

Student Supervision

  • Professor Khalema has successfully supervised, mentored, and graduated a number of post-graduate Diploma, Honors, Masters, and PhD students in South Africa and abroad since 2007. In 2021 he is supervising 8 Masters, 17 PhD candidates` in the disciplines of community development, development studies, population studies, and other cognate disciplines. Prof Khalema also serves in graduate supervisory committees for graduate students as an internal examiner, external examiner, and content expert in number disciplines including public health, development studies, political science, sociology, social work, and psychology.  He is currently available to supervise Masters and PhD candidates in his areas of research and teaching specialization.
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