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Dr Kwanele Shishane

Dr Kwanele Shishane
Lecturer - Social Work


Dr. Kwanele Shishane is a graduate from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. At Brunel, she is a MSc in Social Work Lecturer teaching Applied Research for Health Social Care, and Social Work with Adults. She has received different fellowships and awards including the US Fulbright fellowship, Excellence in scholarship and doctoral research award from Clark Atlanta University where she did her Fulbright fellowship as a visiting researcher, The John and Margarete Overbeek merit award, The National Research Foundation- grant holder linked scholarship award, the Harry Crossley Research Fellowship, and the NIHSS-SAHUDA fellowship. Dr Shishane has taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College as an adjunct lecturer in the Discipline of Social Work. She has teaching and supervision experience in Introduction to professional Social Work Practice, Social Work Theory and Field Practice, Social Policy, and Research Methods. She has research experience as a DST/NRF research intern and later, a desktop researcher at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa. Dr Shishane has trained in South Africa and internationally in qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has collaborated in research projects and presented at conferences in South Africa and internationally. She is an international award winning poster designer and presenter. Dr. Shishane’s research interests are mental health, recidivism, appetitive aggression, GBV/IPV, substance use, migration, acculturation, sexual and reproductive health, healthcare utilisation


2020 - PhD. Department of Social Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa

     Research Title: An investigation of the relationship between mental health and recidivism among incarcerated youth offenders in South Africa: The role of substance use

2016 -  Master of Philosophy in Social Work. Department of Social Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa

     Research title: Predictors of Condom Use Behaviour and Intentions of African Migrant Youth in South Africa

2013 - Bachelor of Social Work. Department of Social Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Teaching, Researh, Supervision, Tutoring