About Ms Nadya Bhagwan
With an education background in geography, economics and teacher education, I teach the methodology modules for geography, social science and economic and management sciences (EMS) in the Department of Education and Curriculum Studies. I have been at UJ since 2016. I have a background in high school teaching, teacher education, as well as policy development in both basic and higher education. Between 2010 and 2012, I was part of the writing team of the Department of Higher Education and Training, for both the Green and White Papers on Post-School Education and Training. Prior to joining UJ, I worked at the Centre for Education Policy Development as a researcher; Mzabalazo Advisory Services as a consultant on a range of projects across various government departments and, the Council on Higher Education, as a researcher. I am currently in the final year of my PhD. The title of my PhD study is “Leveraging 4IR technologies in the South African energy sector.” The focus in on whether South African energy companies are using 4IR technologies (such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Big and real-time data and data analytics, Robotics and Human-Machine Interaction) to improve efficiencies, reliability, and sustainability in energy production. The South African context is then compared countries China and Germany, leaders in the development and implementation of 4IR technologies in their energy sectors.