Dr Rebecca Surender

Dr Surender is on leave from the Department for the 2017/18 academic year.

Dr Rebecca Surender is 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.

Surender, R. (2017) "The Drivers of Universal Health Care in South Africa: the role of ideas, actors and institutions", Ilceong Yi ed.,Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies. Palgrave Macmillan

Surender, R., van Niekerk, R, Alfers, L (2016) "Is South Africa advancing towards National Health Insurance? The perspectives of general practitioners in one pilot site", South African Medical Journal 106: 11 1092-1095. URL: www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/issue/current/showTocDownload

Zembe,W., Surender, R., Doherty,T., Sanders, D., Jackson, D. (2015) "The experience of cash transfers in alleviating childhood poverty in South Africa: Mothers’ experiences of the Child Support Grant", Global Public Health Feb. 2015 . doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1007471

Leon, N., Surender, R., Bobrow, K., Muller, J., Farmer, A.,(2015) "Improving treatment adherence for blood pressure lowering via mobile phone SMS-messages in South Africa", BMC Family Practice 16:80 . doi: 10.1186/s12875-015-0289-7

Surender, R., Van Niekerk, R., Hannah, B., Allan, L., Shung King, M. (2014) "The Drive for Universal Healthcare in South Africa: Views from the Medical Profession", Health Policy & Planning  . doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu053

Surender, R., Walker, R. ed., (2013) Social Policy in a Developing World. Cheltenham: Elgar

Urbina, M., Surender, R. (2013) 'Social policy in the context of new global actors: How far is China's developmental model in Africa impacting traditional donors?', Global Social Policy 13: 3 

Surender, R., Noble, M., Wright, G. and Ntshongwana, P. (2010) 'Social Assistance and Dependency in South Africa: An Analysis of Attitudes to Paid Work and Social Grants', Journal of Social Policy, 39 39: 2 203-221

Surender, R., Devi, A., Rayner, M (2010) 'Improving the food environment in UK schools: Policy opportunities and challenges', Journal of Public Health, 31: 2 212-226

Surender, R., van Niekerk, R (2008) 'Addressing poverty through community-based generation projects; the evidence from South Africa' , Policy & Politics  36: 3 325-342

Noble, M. Ntshongwana, P. Surender, R. (2007) 'Attitudes to Work and social security in South Africa' , Cape Town: HSRC Press

Rajaraman, D,. Surender, R (2006) "HIV Testing in Botswana: Lessons for Policy and Practice", Medical Sociology Online  31: 1 4-21

Jagsi, R & Surender, R (2004) "Regulation of junior doctors' work hours: an analysis of British and American doctors' experience and attitudes ", Social Science & Medicine,  58: 2004 2181- 2191

Lewis, J. & Surender, R. ed. (2004) Welfare State Change: Towards a Third Way. UK: Oxford University Press

Surender, R, Coulter, A, Bradshaw, J, (1995) "'Prospective study of trends in referral patterns in fundholding and non-fundholding practices in the Oxford region' ", British Medical Journal 311: November 


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