MPhil Inclusive Innovation


I direct the University of Cape Town's MPhil in Inclusive Innovation. This degree provides a unique opportunity for a wide diversity of students to engage in transformative learning in their first year. In the second year they write substantive dissertations speaking to inclusive innovation across sectors.

Education & Awards

PhD Anthropology Stanford University 2017


MSc Forced Migration Oxford University 2010


BSocSci (Hons) University of Cape Town 2008



NRF P Rating [emerging leader in field], 2022


Research and Innovation Award: Most Productive Emerging Researcher, North-West University 2021


Engaged Teaching and Learning Award, North-West University 2021


Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study Iso Lomso Fellowship 2022-2024


National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences: Longlist for best monograph 2021




My research interests are capacious but broadly fit into three thematic areas that centre Africa, oceanic connection, and imagination.

(i) education realities and futures

(ii) digital infrastructure and connectivity

(iii) class and social mobility

The geographic focus of my work has thus far been Angola and the South Atlantic, the Indian Ocean region, specifically Mauritius, and to a lesser extent South Africa.





I have taught all levels of anthropology and social sciences, and in my new role am supporting qualitative research at UCT's Graduate School of Business. I currently teach ethography, systems thinking, research methods, and social/civic interventions for impact. I teach on Oxford University's EMBA South Africa program, and give numerous guest lectures every year.




My supervisees come from a wide range of disciplinary and professionl backgrounds. All participate in Light Lab activities.



Mufudzi Chihambakwe, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town. Spinal Care provision in rural communities.



Natalie Gordon, MPhil Inclusive Innocation, University of Cape Town Microcredentials


Neo Hutiri, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town. Scaling Start Ups.


Lehlohonolo Kekana, PhD Management Science, University of Cape Town Anthropology and Employability


Nakisani Jesca Liphadzi, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town Entrepreneurship and Youth Education


Tebogo Maribe, MA Anthropology, North-West University. Education and Masculinity.


Clint Mawing, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town.

Successful Municipalities in South Africa


Mosiane, Boitshoko, MPhil Inclusive Education, University of Cape Town Hair, Technology and Township Entrepreneurs


Rudy Oosterwyk, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town Energy Futures.


Prashana Rampersad, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town Refugee Qualifications


Nic Richter, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town Hair and Schooling


Ona Sebitloane, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town


Janine Tilley, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town Wind Farms


Sharon Villette, MPhil Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town Project Based Learning


Recent Graduates


Kuberan Cooper, MBA University of Cape Town Digital Southern Africa


Casper Dreyer, MA Anthropology, North-West University. Transformation in Rugby.


Tasneem Jaffer, MBA University of Cape Town Micro-credentials *distinction.


Thandiwe Twala, MA Anthropology, North-West University. Young South African Creatives


Hestia Victor, MA Anthropology North-West University Everyday Life in Small Town South Africa *distinction








Why Jahaj?


Jahaj is the Hindi word for boat. It is also the beginning of my legal surname, Jahajeeah. Using the word in this way, I acknowledge that my work takes place within partnership, nourished by home, relationality and care. (On a practical level, the text is pointed here from

. _ . Knowledge     Mobilities. . .
21st C. Curricula  South Atlantic <--->       Indian Ocean;   connection.


Program Director: Mphil in Inclusive Innovation, University of Cape Town

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Business

University of Cape Town

Research Affiliate

Centre for Research in Higher Education, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Curtin University, Mauritius

Universidade Katyavala Bwila, Angola

Optentia, North-West University, South Africa


Research Areas: Angola, South Atlantic, Mauritius, Indian Ocean,

Curriculum Studies

Research Thematics: class, aesthetics, science and technology studies, decoloniality, 21st century pedagogy, multinodal ethnography.