Ph.D. Student, Development Studies, Department of Global Development
Duke Mwedzi's research interests lie in understanding the role of education and upskilling in achieving social development goals at the community level. He draws on the principles of engaged research to explore how communities in Southern African contexts can take ownership of the development process by acting as partners and agents in facilitating social change.
Expanding on his work with the Nine Tenths Engaged Research Group at Rhodes University, Duke is currently working on a paper that analyses the successes of the Nine Tenths Mentorship Program in Makhanda, South Africa, and its potential as a template to for addressing education inequality in the nation. He also aims to take advantage of the growing field of computational social science by applying novel quantitative research methods to development research in Southern Africa and further afield. Duke holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology at Rhodes University, South Africa.
Human capital development
Interaction between education and economic outcomes