Department of Development Studies

Prof Gretchen du Plessis

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Development Studies
Chair
Tel: 012 429 6507
E-mail: dplesge@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BA Social Sciences (UP)
  • BA Honours Rural & Urban Development (UP)
  • MA Sociology (UP)
  • D Lit et Phil (NMMU)

 

Fields of academic interests

  • Population and development beyond ICPD and the post 2015 development agenda
  • Human rights in achieving equitable, universal and sustainable access to sexual and reproductive health information and services
  • Health, morbidity, mortality and development
  • Women’s empowerment beyond the millennium development goals
  • Gender mainstreaming in development
  • Demographic change and development policy post 2015
  •  Demographic and epidemiological dynamics in human security and development
  • Methodology: quantitative demography, qualitative studies and ethnography, mixed methods

Journal articles

  • Du Plessis, GE. 2011. Individual responsibility for health and HIV infection: a critical investigation of the lived experience of HIV-positive women. SA Journal of Psychology 41 (4): 465–476.
  • The good mother and the contaminating mother: experiences and expectations of motherhood following an HIV-positive diagnosis. Published as conference proceedings, University of Texas, 2011.
  • Du Plessis, GE & Cilliers, A. 2011. Narrating maternal HIV infection: The voices of mothers living with HIV. Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies 21 (1).
  • Damar, AP & Du Plessis, GE. 2010. Coping versus grieving in a death-accepting society: AIDS-Bereaved women living with HIV in Indonesia Journal for African and Asian Studies 45(4):424-31.
  • Du Plessis, GE & Lekganyane, EM. 2010. The role of food gardens in reducing women’s vulnerability to HIV and AIDS: a study in Limpopo, South Africa. The Journal of Social Development in Africa 25(2).
  • Du Plessis, GE. 2009. Capital in the field of reproductive rights: women and HIV. Acta Academica 41 (2): 132-157.
  • Du Plessis, GE. 2009. HIV/AIDS as biographical disruption: A qualitative study of female clinic attendees. Social Work Practitioner-Researcher 21 (2): 202-218.
  • Lekganyane R & Du Plessis GE. 2012. Dealing with HIV-related stigma: A qualitative study of women outpatients from the Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 2012, 23 (2): 155-162.

 

  • Chapter entitled: HIV/AIDS as a cross-cutting social issue in the book “A reader on selected social issues”, 2013. Edited by FJ Bezuidenhout. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers. ISBN: 9780627030154 0627030157.
  • Chapter entitled: Population in the book “Sociology: A South African Introduction”, edited by P Stewart and J Saaiman, 2014. Cape Town; Juta. ISBN: 9780702188787
  • Chapter entitled: Group dynamics in the book “Sociology: A global perspective”, edited by J Ferrante, M Seedat and R Smith, 2015. Andover, CENGAGE Learning.
  • Chapter entitled: Environmental Sociology in the book “Sociology: A global perspective”, edited by J Ferrante, M Seedat and R Smith, 2015. Andover, CENGAGE Learning.
  • Chapter entitled: Culture and Socialization in the book “Sociology: A global perspective”, edited by J Ferrante, M Seedat and R Smith, 2015. Andover, CENGAGE Learning.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Member of SASA, SADSA; editorial member of SAJD and Africanus

Projects

  • Global South Powers in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa