Qhama Noveve
Research Assistant

Qhama Noveve is a Research Assistant in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) and the Centre for Women and Gender Studies. Noveve holds a BA majoring in Psychology and Sociology from the University of the Western Cape (2015), BA Honours Development Studies (2016), BA Honours Psychology (2017), and Master of Social Science Sociology (2019) from the University of Fort Hare. In 2020 she registered for her PhD in Sociology with Nelson Mandela University.

Noveve is currently the recipient of the National Research Foundation’s Grantholder linked scholarship which was awarded to her in March 2020. This is amongst many other academic accolades she has earned throughout her academic career which include, the Golden Key Society, being name a Top Achiever during her undergraduate years, and having her Master’s thesis recommended for potential publication and manuscript potential.

Noveve’s proposed PhD thesis explores higher education institutions in relation to gendered and racial power relations, how patterns of exclusion are formed, maintained and performed in the everyday operations of the university and how gendered and racialized managerial practises engulfing the academy specifically affect black women. The thesis will also be making substantial contributions by offering reflections and evaluations on higher education in South Africa against its social justice policy claims in relation to gender and racial representation and the implementation of those policies and initiatives and implications for the material quality of transformation.

Noveve’s research interests include, but are not limited to, gender studies, race, urban sociology (specifically migration studies), critical pedagogy, sociology of health, citizenship and human rights.