Prof Mikateko Mathebula, University of the Free State

Mikateko Mathebula is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State. Her work examines through a capabilities lens and storytelling methodologies, the relationship between processes of higher education, development and human flourishing in South Africa, with a focus on youth from low-income households and/or rural areas.

Recent projects include: the SRHE-funded photovoice scoping study on pursuing higher education in contexts of socio-spatial exclusion, working with youth from an upgraded informal settlement in the Free State; a GCRF/UKRI-funded study with student activists where digital storytelling and participatory video were used to capture students’ aspirations for universities as sustainable communities; an NRF/Thuthuka-funded project that investigates the transformation of rural communities, by exploring, describing, and documenting through narratives, the post university life trajectories of youth from rural communities in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces.

She holds an NRF Y2 rating.