Dr Tinyiko Chauke



Tinyiko Chauke approaches research using a Social justice and an Afrikanist perspective that aims to challenge us to disrupt the conventional scientific analysis on our communities. Instead, focus on the construction of stories and its contribution to the participants’ social construction of identity and belonging.

She was previously a PhD Research Trainee at the Human Sciences Research Council’s HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) research programme. Her research interests include histories of feminist and gender studies in the African diaspora, precolonial African sexualities, gender transformation, Decolonial and Afrocentric research methodologies.

She completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of South Africa. Her doctoral work draws from African feminist framework and uses it as a tool to question, deconstruct and reimagine African sexual cultures, it further explores questions of citizenship and belonging in a democratic state such as South Africa.


Getting to know me


1. How would you define your role within the Engagement and Transformation team?

As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the unit, the focus of my work is on my Postdoctoral research project on the Nelson Mandela University Hubs of Convergence. My role also involves working together with colleagues in drafting Transformation reports, performing desktop research and participating in Convergence Committee.


2. What does Engagement and Transformation in Higher Education look like to you?

I believe ETP in Higher education should foster authentic and beneficial partnerships across disciplines in the university, emphasising solidarity to common challenges. An engaged and transformed university in South Africa is one that localises South African peoples experiences and takes into account the countrys oppressive history in its engagement with marginalised students and communities.


3. Describe your job in 3 words.

Reading, writing, and learning.


4. What is your favourite activity when you are not in the office?

I enjoy working on my garden.


5. What is your favourite place on Earth?



6. What is your favourite quote?

Live now… tomorrow is not promised.


7. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

The feminisation of 'Gender'.


8. What would you be able to give a 30-minute presentation about without any advanced preparation?

Gender and Africanisation.


9. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received?

My PhD supervisor and mentor, “Breathe…and keep writing, it’ll come together in the end”.


10. What motivates you?

Working in a dynamic team and a supportive work environment.


Dr Tinyiko Chauke CV