Associate Professor Sabirah Adams

Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor and registered Research psychologist in the Language Development Group, Academic Development Programme, Centre for Higher Education Development, at the University of Cape Town. I obtained a PhD (Psychology) from the University of the Western Cape, funded by the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (South Africa) Innovation Scholarship. My research expertise is within the areas of training and capacity development of students and staff, academic literacies in higher education, and children’s subjective well-being, child indicators and quality of life, environmental sustainability and children’s geographies, and participatory research with children. I am the principal investigator of four multinational studies: 1) Emerging researchers' perceptions and experiences of academic writing in the quantitative sciences: A multinational study, 2) Multinational Qualitative Study on Children’s Understandings of Well-Being study (South Africa), the 3) Children’s Worlds: International Survey of Children’s Well-Being (South Africa), and 4) Children’s Environmental Subjective Well-being in South Africa: A child-centred study. I am a member of the National Children’s Rights Intersectoral Coordinating Committee (Department of Social Development), and was a consultant editorial assistant of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis (2018-2021). I convene the Research Writing in the Sciences short course that claims to develop postgraduate students’ academic literacies in science for dissemination and publication. I supervise postgraduate students at the honours, master’s, and PhD level. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact me.


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