Research Manager, University of the Witwatersrand
Ruth Castel Branco is the Research Manager for the Future of Work(ers) project at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She holds a MA in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2012), a BA in Geography and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005); and is awaiting a PhD in Sociology (2021) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her PhD is titled, “A radical politics of distribution? Work, welfare and public works programmes”. It explores the meanings of work among the seemingly unemployed and the emancipatory possibilities (as well as limitations of cash transfers). Prior to pursuing a PhD, she was the national coordinator for social and maternity protection for the International Labour Organization in Mozambique. Her research interests include social protection, minimum wages and (informal) worker organising.
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