Dr Rebecca Surender is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention where she supervises doctoral students and undertakes research in health policy and social policy in developing countries. Her main focus concerns the politics, implementation and outcomes of health and income maintenance policies in South Africa (SA). Recent research in SA has included evaluating the impact of the Child Support Grant and the implementation of mobile phone technology for patients, examining the politics and policy dynamics of the National Health Insurance (NHI) reforms, and assessing the role of regional bodies such as the African Union in health policy making in Africa.
She has worked as a consultant and advisor for various multilateral and government agencies including the World Bank, UNRISD, United Nations Women's Directorate, UK DfID and SA's DSD and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of Global Social Policy and Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.
Rebecca Surender has held a number of senior administrative positions within the department and the wider university including University Proctor in 2013 and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity (2014-2021). She is a member of Advance HE’s EDI Strategic Advisory Group and serves as a Special Advisor on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the London School of Economics.
She is a Governing Body Fellow and Deputy Principal of Green Templeton College.