Biographical sketch: Professor Eleanor Preston-Whyte received her Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Science Honours from the former University of Natal and went into full time research in Durban after graduating. This led to her PhD, and a career in Social Anthropology.
Professor Preston-Whyte was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Natal in 1994. After retiring in 2002 she teamed up with Professor Jerry Coovadia to establish HIVAN, the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking and Research. She joined the School of Development Studies as a Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow.
In 2008 she was invited by HEARD (The Health Economics Research Division) to design a Phd Scholarship Programme aimed at developing a new generation of Africans Scholars working in the field of HIV/AIDS. She now runs a weekly reading group in preparation for which the students, who are drawn from all over the SADC region and are registered in different disciplines, read the latest publications in HIV/AIDS, and also a wide range of African literature, including philosophy and novels, produced on the continent. This creative initiative aims to develop the participants’ awareness of the continent as a whole, and of both the complexity and richness of its heritage and current dilemmas.
Muanamoha, R. C., Maharaj, B., AND Preston-Whyte, E. (2010) Social networks and undocumented Mozambican migration to South Africa. Geoforum, 41, 885-896.More
Muanamoha, R.C., Maharaj, B. and Preston-Whyte, E. (2010). Social networks and undocumented Mozambican migration to South Africa. Geoforum 41, 885-896.More
Scorgie, F, Kunene, B, Smit, J, Manzini, N, Chersich, M,.and Preston-Whyte , E.M.(2009). In search of sexual pleasure and fidelity: vaginal practices in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Culture, Health and Sexuality, January.
Preston-Whyte, E. (2006) Framing the South African epidemic: a social science perspective. In: Padayachee, V. (ed) The Development decade: Economic and social change in South Africa 1994-2004, Cape Town: HSRC Press, p. 361-380.More
Preston-Whyte, E.M., Tollman, T., Landau, L., Findley, S. (2006). African Migration in the Twenty-First Century: Conclusion. In: Tienda, M, Findley, S, Tollman, S and Preston-Whyte, E (eds) Africa on the Move: African Migration and Urbanisation in Comparative Perspective. Johannesburg, Wits University Press.
Preston-Whyte, E.M. (2003) Contexts of Vulnerability: Sex, Secrecy and HIV/AIDS. African Journal of AIDS Research, 2(2), 85-90.Student/s: