School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Pranitha Maharaj

Pranitha Maharaj


Leadership SARChi Chair: Economic Development

Discipline Population Studies

Contact Number 031-260-2243

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address A 707, 7th floor Shepstone Building

Last Updated 1 month ago


  • Pranitha Maharaj is a Professor at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. Since obtaining her doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine she has accumulated decades of teaching experience while at the same building a strong record of research. Her research portfolio is diverse in character, involving both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She has authored three edited books and contributed to more than 100 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

Research Interests

  • Her research agenda is focused on a commitment to conducting in-depth inquiries into three main areas, namely: (i) family dynamics, particularly the impact of early childbearing on young men and women, (ii) migration and the informal labour market, and (iii) the situation of the elderly in the country. She is involved in high-quality multi-disciplinary research on determinants, causal processes, outcomes and interventions to improve economic development. Economic development refers simultaneously to: the improvement in the quality of life of individuals, the development of individuals across generations through the lifecycle approach, and the expansion of freedom of individuals and groups to make social and economic choices through their interactions with, among others, state provisions and supports.



  • Reproductive Health in Context
  • Population Dynamics: Patterns and Processes