• Mphathesithe Mkhize

    University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


    Mphathesithe Mkhize is studying towards for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Policy at the same institution. He currently works as the Lecturer in a fixed term at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Mkhize’s research explores the role of local governments in using empirical evidence-based policy for sustainable development goals in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Siamisang Saudu

    Department of Theology and Religious Studies
    University of Botswana, Gaborone


    Based on my Theology and Religious Studies background, my interest is in the potential
    of belief systems in providing insights into the political spheres and social development. I
    seek to broaden my interest in intercultural communication, social equity, religion and
    sustainable development.

  • Oladele Peter Adehanloye

    Department of Religion and Theology
    University of Western Cape


    Adehanloye Oladele is a Ph.D. candidate and a researcher at the Department of Religion and Theology, University of Western Cape, Cape Town. He is working on “The role of religion in Conflict transformation in northern Nigeria: The Nigeria Baptist Convention as Case Study”. His major interests are in Conflict transformation and inter-religious Dialogue. Oladele was an Adjunct lecturer at Baptist College of Theology, Igede Ekiti.

  • Dorcas Rumbidzai Mutizirwa

    University of Zimbabwe
    Department of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics


    I am a senior teacher at St Eric High School, Norton, Mashonaland West Province. My field of study is Religion, Gender, Health and Environment. My current Masters dissertation is, "Effects of COVID-19 on Catholic women in the Archdiocese of Harare: The case of Norton and Borrowdale Parishes."

  • Sonja Krivacic

    Sonja is a strategic innovator working in faith-based development for the past 15 years, with a background in senior corporate roles. Sonja is seasoned researcher with a Masters dissertation topic examining the notion of 'intangible' assets of faith/spirituality impact on health applying lessons from HIV/AIDS and Ebola to COVID-19 a conceptual framework entitled Religion & Development Systems Framework (RDS).

  • Geke van Vliet

    University of Pretoria


    Geke van Vliet is joining SAGRaS as a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria. She has finished a Research Master in Theology and a Master of Divinity at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Next to her studies, she has worked as a youth worker in the Protestant Church in Amsterdam. Within SAGRaS she will focus on the contribution of especially young people in mainline churches in South Africa and Germany to socio-ecological transition.


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