Department of Sociology

Ms S van der Merwe

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Tel: 012 429 6033


  • B.Soc.Sci Hons (UP)-Passed with Distinction
  • M.Soc.Sci (UP)- Passed with Distinction
    Title: Career trajectories of white, Afrikaner women employed in the financial sector of Gauteng
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  • PhD candidate at UJ
    Title: How Women Gain and Retain Top Positions: A Study of South African, Female MBA Graduates

Fields of academic interests

  • Women in Leadership
  • Gender Inequality
  • Work/Life Integration
  • Women in the Worklplace

Field of Specialisation

  • Women in Leadership
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Gender Inequality
  • Work/Life Integration

Journal articles


Zitha Mokomane, Sintechè van der Merwe, Mariam Seedat Khan, Ameeta Jaga & Lisa Dancaster (2017): Developing an African research network and research agenda on work–family interface, Community, Work & Family, DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2017.1281224

Paper presentations

International Conference proceedings

2016: “Getting the Employer to Understand the Importance of Employees' Work-Life Integration, paper presented 3rd  ISA (International Sociological Association) Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2016

2014: ‘Engendering Corporate Social Histories: Reflections of white, Afrikaans speaking businesswomen in Gauteng, South Africa, paper presented at XVIII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014

Local Conference Presentations:

2015: ‘Negotiating the Work/Life balance: A Case study of white, Afrikaans-speaking women in management in the financial sector of Gauteng (South Africa)’ paper presented at 22nd Annual South African Sociological Association’s congress, University of Johannesburg (UJ), 28 June- 1 July 2015

2015: ‘Intersectionality, politics of transition and white, Afrikaans-speaking women in South Africa’ paper presented at UNISA (University of South Africa) School of Social Sciences conference, UNISA, 2-3 September 2015

2013:  ‘To marry or cohabit: Deconstructing the institution of Marriage amongst white, Afrikaans speaking women in the financial sector of Gauteng’, paper presented at the South African Sociological Association’s Congress, University of South Africa (UNISA), 1-3 July 2013

2012:  ‘Engendering Corporate Social Histories: Reflections of white, Afrikaans-speaking businesswomen’ (work in progress), paper presented at the South African Sociological Association’s Congress, University of Cape Town, 1-4 July 2012

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Golden Key International Honour Society:  Member since November 2007
  • International Sociological Association (ISA) : Member since 2016
  • South African Sociological Association (SASA): Member since 2009


African Research Network on Work and Family