Associate professor, University of Johannesburg

Tessa Hochfeld obtained an MSc in gender and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA Social Work from Wits University. She completed her thesis in Development Studies from Wits University in 2015. Her thesis is titled Cash, Care and Social Justice: a study of the Child Support Grant. Tessa is the project leader on our European Union funded study on Families, the Child Support Grant, and Child Well-Being Outcomes. In addition, Tessa is currently working with a project team on a UNRISD international study on New Directions in Social Policy, where her contribution is in gender and social policy in South Africa. Tessa’s research interests are social development, welfare and social services, gender and development, social policy and transformative social protection. For Tessa, ‘the most rewarding part of my job is when I see how research findings can contribute directly to improving people’s lives”.​


  • –present
    Senior Researcher, University of Johannesburg


  • 2015 
    Wits University, MA: Development Studies