Pranitha Maharaj is a Professor and DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Economic Development at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. In addition, she is the editor-in-chief of the Southern African Journal of Demography. Prof Maharaj holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was previously the Academic Leader of the Development and Population Studies Cluster.
Prof Pranitha Maharaj has professional experience spanning more than two decades involving teaching excellence, research scholarship, and community engagement across a range of critical areas that lie at the heart of economic development. Her impressive record of research is reflected in her numerous publications in top international and national journals. She is a prolific writer with more than 60 publications in predominantly peer-reviewed, SAPSE and ISI/IBSS accredited journals that transcend disciplinary boundaries in areas broadly related to demography. Apart from journal articles, in 2013, she edited a book on Aging in Africa that was published by Springer Publishers in New York. She also has a strong record of mentoring, supervising and graduating postgraduate students in South Africa. Under her supervision, more than 60 Masters’ students and 4 PhD students have completed their dissertations.