Emma Whitelaw is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SALDRU and ACEIR, based in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Whitelaw recently submitted her PhD thesis to the University of Cape Town on the subject of inequalities in post-school education in South Africa, especially related to student funding, access, and success. As a postdoc, she continues this work, contributing to studies falling under the Siyaphambili Project, which aims to build a hub for post-schooling information and research. Her current work extends to poverty and inequality dynamics in South Africa and Ghana, with a special interest in the nexus of education, labour markets, and the distribution of income and wealth.
Whitelaw has experience working with panel datasets in South Africa and Ghana and has shared her passion for teaching through the panel data training course offered by DataFirst. Whitelaw is also an active alumna of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, which aims to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.