Manya joined SOPH in April 2019 and works with the SAMRC Extramural Health Services to Systems Research Unit.
She has an interest in Health Systems and Policy research, policy reforms for National Health Insurance and the application of critical social theory in Public Health. She has a BSocSci Honours in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include community health systems, understanding everyday care, informality and grassroots self-organising during health emergencies. Manya is currently a PhD Candidate with the SOPH.