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Honorary Research Associate, School of Education, University of Cape Town

Dr Mignonne Breier is currently Honorary Research Associate in the School of Education, University of Cape Town. She was Researcher Development Specialist in the Research Office, UCT, from 2016 to 2019 and Research Development Manager from 2009 to 2016. Before joining UCT Research Office, she was a researcher in higher education at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (formerly the Education Policy Unit) at the University of the Western Cape. She has published extensively on adult literacy, recognition of prior learning, professional education (mainly medicine, nursing and teaching), student drop out, student poverty and researcher development. She conducts historical research in the Eastern Cape in her spare time. For this work she was a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (STIAS) in 2018. She has a PhD and MPhil in Education from UCT and a B Journ from Rhodes.


  • 2019–present
    Honorary Research Associate, University of Cape Town
  • 2009–2019
    Research Development Manager, University of Cape Town
  • 2016–2019
    Researcher Development Specialist, University of Cape Town
  • 2004–2009
    Chief Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council
  • 1994–2003
    Senior Researcher, University of the Western Cape


  • 2003 
    University of Cape Town, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Funding Source:
    Taco Kuiper Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • 2016
    Funding Source:
  • 2012
    Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation