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Odile Mackett, a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Wits School of Governance, is studying the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and how it relates to gender inequality – a cross cutting goal of the Decent Work Agenda. Using time-use and labour force survey data, she investigates whether there is a relationship between the quality of employment and time spent on unpaid reproductive labour. By doing so, she argues that continuing to narrowly define ‘work’ in the context of activities which take place in the productive sphere of the economy, the Decent Work Agenda is unlikely to meet its goal of reducing gender inequalities in the labour market and possibly gender blind.

She has an undergraduate degree in International Studies, and an honours degree in International Trade and Finance. Both obtained from the University of Johannesburg. She also has a MCom in Applied Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand.


  • –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