School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar

Title: Investigating the determinants of HIV infection risk: what is the role of an increasing ART coverage in South Africa?

Speaker: Erofili Grapsa

Time: 12:30-13:50, 19 March 2014.

Venue: Seminar Room F213, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Memorial Tower Building, UKZN. Google maps: -29.866933,30.981963

Erofili completed her undergraduate studies at the Department of Statistics at Athens University of Economics and Business, then was given a scholarship from EPSRC to continue studying for a PhD at Southampton University, UK. Under the supervision of Prof Jonathan Forster, she worked on implementing a Bayesian model for categorical survey data that provides more efficient estimates for population totals and means and does not depend on the sampling design. After her PhD, she turned to a more applied use of statistics, by working as an HIV epidemiologist at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. There, she mainly worked on the on-going project of investigating the HIV infection risk pathways, and whether they might be individual, biological or community defined. She has a strong interest into understanding development, its various aspects, determinants and effects through evidence from the analysis of complex datasets.

The presentation will be based in part on the attached paper although will be for a general audience. 

Planned seminars (This is a provisional schedule. Events will be confirmed about a week before through the mailing list. If you would like to be added to or removed from the mailing list, please contact 

26 Mar: Colin Thakur ‘Digital Democracy in South Africa: Is it on or off?’

31 Mar: Paul Routledge ‘Networking the politics of climate justice’

23 Apr: Ernest Khalema (HSRC), Catherine Ndinda (HSRC), Mohamed Vawda (BEDS), Lungelo Bhembe (BEDS), and Ndoda Zondo (BEDS) ‘Situational Analysis of Sexual Reproductive Health Issues in KZN & EC:  Challenges in Achieving Health Related-MDGs Pre-2015’

30 Apr Peter Robinson ‘Future, Change & Choices. Strategic planning methods and issues for development professionals’

5 May: Derek van heerden ‘Recent Architectural work in Rural and Peri-urban SA with emphasis on creating effective Teaching and Learning space through ‘bottom up’ Processes’

14 May: Mvu Ngcoya ‘Topic to be confirmed’

21 May: Daniela Casale ‘The relationship between early nutrition and cognitive outcomes in children of preschool age: Evidence from the South African Birth to Twenty Study’

28 May: Balazs Nemeth ‘Competitiveness challenges facing the automotive industry in Hungary’

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