Prof continues his Oxford research

Belinda Bantham -- Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:08

Prof continues his Oxford research

An associate professor at the Faculty of Theology of the North-West University (NWU) recently returned from the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, where he spent three months doing research.

Prof Vhumani Magezi was an academic visitor at the institute to pursue his research agenda within one of the institute’s research programmes.

Prof Magezi’s research themes are spiritual (pastoral) care, social responses to HIV/Aids and adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health.

His research focuses on the daily existential realities of people within their communities. It is also about possible psycho-social and spiritual interventions that are deployed using faith community spaces as subsystems of society to help them cope.

Prof Magezi is currently undertaking a research project entitled “Overturning religion and health ambivalence gridlock as adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health (AYSRH) investment: towards optimisation and leveraging of church (faith) spaces as assets in AYSRH”.

His research aims to understand and develop a possible quantification of the potential contribution of faith groupings to AYSRH interventions in selected communities in South Africa.

Prior to taking up a full-time academic position at the NWU, he worked in international development on health as a senior manager and leader in programme management (HIV/Aids, sexual reproductive health and community development programmes). He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University.

Prof Magezi is a member of several international and South African national academic and research bodies. He has published over 42 academic articles, 35 research reports and four books on his areas of research.

Prof Vhumani Magezi from the School of Christian Ministry and Leadership at the NWU.