Professor Deevia Bhana of the School of Education has been awarded the DST/NRF Tier 1 South African Research Chair: Gender and Childhood Sexuality. Tier 1 Chairs according to the NRF are ‘internationally recognised as leaders in their field and have received substantial international recognition for their research contributions’.
Bhana has a coherent and sustained focus in sexualities/gender and is considered a pioneer in the field of childhood sexualities. She has over 100 publications in some of the most prestigious journals in her field including Social Science and Medicine, Sexualities, Culture, Health and Sexuality and Youth Studies. Her work is of high policy relevance and in light of the new laws which decriminalise sex amongst consenting 12 to 15 year olds.
Bhana has supervised 33 masters and doctoral students to completion and currently supervises 16 students. Her latest book Childhood Sexuality and AIDS Education: The price of innocence will be available from Routledge later this year. Under Pressure: The Regulation of Sexualities in South African Secondary Schools (whole book) was published in December 2014.
She is also co-author of the book Towards Gender Equality (2009) and a co-editor of Books and Babies (2012).She is currently working on two other books related to the work of the Chair including young children and sexualities and a co-edited book on young families and gender. She is a WISA awardee, has delivered several keynotes and was twice a recipient of the Fogarty at Columbia University.