MPhil Inclusive Innovation


Details about the MPhil here

Education & Awards

PhD Anthropology Stanford University 2017


MSc Forced Migration Oxford University 2010


BSocSci (Hons) University of Cape Town 2008



NRF Rating, 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 currently have three MA students finishing their projects at NWU:


Casper Dreyer: Transformation, masculinity and rugby in an amateur club

Tebogo Maribe: Boys becoming men: a high school ethnography

Thandiwe Twala: Young South African Creatives: world and work making in Itsoseng, South Africa


At the GSB, I am currently accepting new MPhil and PhD students.


Why Jahaj?

Jahaj is the Hindi word for boat. It is also what happens when my own initials are placed next to those of my life partner. Using the word in this way, I acknowledge that my work takes place within the family, 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.