Dr Michelle De Jong

Michelle is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Public Health.

She has a background in psychology and completed her PhD through the Journalism and Media Studies department at Rhodes University. Her thesis explores discursive constructions of health and identity among young South African adults paying particular attention to the influences of neoliberalism and consumer culture.

At the school of public health, she is working on developing publications based on her PhD research, assisting with the Globalization and Health course and supporting research linked to the SARCHI on Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change.


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Gender and Health Hub

In 2019 UWC entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) to work together on advancing research and policy on gender and health from a global South perspective.

In the news

A scoping review of the determinants of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in South Africa: an intersectional perspective

‘I’ve become so healthy that I can’t live anymore’ exploring ‘health as balance’ discourses and the construction of health and identity among young urban South African adults

Staff inolved: Michelle De Jong, Anthony Collins & Simóne Plüg

Policy foundations for transformation: a gender analysis of adolescent health policy documents in South Africa