About Prof Lauren Graham
Lauren, a development sociologist with a Doctorate in Sociology from UJ, was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2016 and appointed the Deputy Director of the CSDA in October 2016. In January 2019, Lauren assumed a new role as Director for the CSDA. Her research interests are in the application and testing of social and development theories in practice with a focus on youth, children and people with disabilities and their agency in assessing human development outcomes. She has strong expertise in evaluation research and is skilled in the use of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. She is particularly interested in the use of research methods that give a voice to vulnerable groups. Lauren manages a range of research initiatives related to youth including our flagship project- the Siyakha Youth Assets project – which seeks to develop knowledge and interventions to support young people to transition to employment. She also supervises post graduate students and mentors younger researchers.