School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar

Title: The relationship between early nutrition and cognitive outcomes in children of preschool age: Evidence from the South African Birth to Twenty Study

Speaker: Daniela Casale

Time: 12:30-13:50, 21 May 2014.

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

Dr Daniela Casale joined Development Studies in 2008, after having spent almost ten years in the School of Economics at UKZN. Her training is in economics, and her research fits broadly within the fields of labour, gender and household economics. However, much of her work is interdisciplinary, and often covers topics that fall outside of the traditional realm of economics. Some examples include: women’s labour market participation; migration; marriage markets; subjective wellbeing/happiness; gender and taxation; political participation amongst the youth; language proficiency and labour market outcomes; and international philanthropy. Her most recent research project, which is the focus of this seminar, is in a new area of interest: early childhood development. The work, which was conducted with Chris Desmond and Linda Richter at the HSRC, provides strong empirical evidence on the links between early nutrition and later cognitive outcomes in young children. It draws on data from the Birth to Twenty cohort study, which has followed a sample of children born in 1990 in Johannesburg since birth, collecting yearly information on their health, wellbeing and socio-economic status. 

Planned seminar

28 May: Balazs Nemeth ‘Programmes to improve manufacturing competitiveness: differences and commonalities between Lean and Six Sigma projects’

If you are aware of potential speakers/topics for the second semester (end July until November) please email

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