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Odile Mackett, a senior lecturer in the Wits School of Governance, is a labour and feminist economist and her research interests are related to the division, quality, and definition of both paid and unpaid work, how households and families are structured and formed around these types of work, and how the state interacts with households and the market to reinforce the gendered and racial division of work. She has broadly written on social security, poverty, and inequality specifically as these factors relate to gender inequalities in society. She have also written on the relationship between time spent on paid and unpaid work.

Odile has a PhD and an MCom in Applied Development Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also has a BA International Studies (majoring Politics & Economics) and a BCom (Hons) in International Trade and Finance from the University of Johannesburg.


  • –present
    Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2022 
    University of the Witwatersrand, PhD
  • 2016 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Mcom Applied Economics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Black Academic Advancement Programme
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation