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Hannah J. Dawson

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

My research interests include youth unemployment, informal and precarious work, gig work, inequality, the future of work, and more expansive social protection/basic income. I have a doctorate in Anthropology and an MPhil in International Development from Oxford University, and am currently a Senior Researcher at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

I am currently working on two research projects, one focused on the impact of digital technologies on the world of work(ers) in the Global South, and the implications for inequality, and another that takes the welfare responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and the renewed calls for basic income as an entry point to examine the political and institutional drivers of social policy in South Africa. I have 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


  • 2019 
    University of Oxford, Anthropology