Carmen Christian joined the Department of Economics at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in 2011, where she lectures economics and researches public health complexities from an economics perspective. Her understanding of public health issues is strengthened by her unique inter-disciplinary background in health sciences and economics.
Carmen holds numerous academic qualifications: she completed a BSc (Physiotherapy) at the University of Cape Town in 2003, an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy at UWC in 2008, a BEcon (Hon) at UWC in 2010, a Master in Economics in 2014 at UWC – and is currently completing her PhD in Economics at Stellenbosch University. Her PhD explores demand-side drivers of poor tuberculosis outcomes in post-apartheid South Africa.
Having worked in both the private and public health sectors of South Africa, Carmen believes that her chosen career path will add value to society by impacting health policy - and ultimately health outcomes - for the better. Along with her academic contribution to the economic and health sector, she also works within local communities including being a mentor for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.