Dr Rebecca Surender
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Head of Department
Associate Professor of Social Policy
Dr Rebecca Surender is Head of Department for Social Policy and Intervention and a Fellow of Green Templeton College. Her research, teaching and publications are primarily in the area of health policy and social policy in developing countries. She was a founding member and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy (CASASP) at Oxford University, the first UK academic centre to undertake research exclusively on South African social policy. Her main focus within South African social policy concerns the politics, implementation and outcomes of health and income maintenance policies. She has led a number of CASASP studies researching the implementation of the Child Support Grant, the effectiveness of Income Generation Projects, and the attitudes of benefit recipients to labour activation strategies and social grants. She has worked as a consultant and advisor for various multilateral and government agencies including the World Bank, UNRISD, UK DFID and SA DSD.
She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, South Africa, where she is leading a three year collaborative project examining the implementation, policy dynamics and effects of the proposed new National Health Insurance (NHI) reforms.
Dr Surender has held a number of senior administrative positions within the Department, Green Templeton College and the wider University. She was elected a University Proctor for 2013-14 and was appointed a Pro Vice-Chancellor and University Advocate for Diversity in 2015. The post is designed to provide strategic direction and coordination to the various equality and diversity initiatives currently taking place throughout the university.
Rebecca Surender's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):
- Health care reform in South Africa: the drive for a national health system
- Implementing health care delivery in low resource settings: using SMS text message based programmes to enhance adherence to health care and treatment
- China, the BRICS and Global Social Policy