Veera Tagliabue

Veera Tagliabue

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Class experiences among international students from the SADC region studying in South Africa
SupervisorDr Kate Skinner, Dr Jessica Johnson and Dr Maxim Bolt
PhD African Studies


  • BA Development Studies with Politics (IR) and African Studies, University of Helsinki.
  • MA Development Studies, University of Helsinki.


My research looks at international SADC students' experiences of class at South African universities, which are undergoing demands for transformation in order to satisfy the post-apartheid environment. The aim is to better understand the intersections of social class, regional migration and higher education in Southern Africa. Data for this research consists primarily of ethnographic participant-observation and interviews collected at Rhodes University, Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa, during multiple shorter fieldwork periods.

I am a part-time doctoral candidate fully funded by ESRC.