Dr Robert Morrell is a Senior Research Scholar in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) at UCT. Prior to this he managed and directed two UCT academic support and advancement projects -the mid-career Next Generation Professoriate (NGP)) and the early-career New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP). He has degrees in Journalism and History (Rhodes), a Masters degree in history (Wits) and a PhD in economic history (Natal).

His research has focussed primarily on gender issues, including masculinity, violence and schooling. He has edited and written 10 books including Changing Men in Southern Africa (2001) and From Boys to Gentlemen. Settler Masculinity in Colonial Natal (2001). In the recent period he has been involved in work on the geopolitics of knowledge including co-authoring (with Fran Collyer, Raewyn Connell and Joao Maia) Knowledge and Global Power: Making new sciences in the South (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019).

Dr Morrell has been B1 rated by the NRF for three consecutive rounds and is the recipient of the Rhodes University Distinguished Alumnus award (2020).