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Hannah J. Dawson

Senior Researcher, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

Hannah J. Dawson is a Senior Researcher at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Hannah’s current research focuses on the social, economic and political effects of growing un(der)employment and the way the future of work is being imagined—and transformed, with a focus on South Africa. She previously worked in policy research, analysis and advocacy in the fields of development, socio-economic rights, and poverty and inequality in both research and civil society organisations.


  • 2021–present
    Senior Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2020–2021
    Senior Researcher, University of Johannesburg
  • 2019–2021
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2019 
    University of Oxford, DPhil (PhD) in Anthropology
  • 2012 
    University of Oxford, MPhil in International Development
  • 2009 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Arts Honours
  • 2008 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Geography