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Dr Melinda Du Toit

Dr Melinda Du Toit
Centre for Social Development in Africa
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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House 3, Research Village (APB)

Melinda obtained a joint PhD degree in Psychology from the KU Leuven in Belgium and the North-West University in 2018. Melinda’s doctoral research formed part of a broader project focusing on unemployment in South Africa. The particular focus of her PhD research was a qualitative enquiry into the lived experience of unemployment, survival strategies of the unemployed, and the role that context played in the experience of unemployment. She joined the CSDA in 2019 as a postdoctoral research fellow. For her postdoctoral research, she endeavours to research inter- and intrapersonal factors, as well as social factors, that have an impact on individuals’ employability capital. She will also scrutinise the specific role that community psychology could play in alleviating the unemployment challenge in South Africa. Melinda has extensive experience in lecturing, training, and psychosocial project management in various communities, as well as in small business management. Her passion lies within the field of community psychology.