Natasha Vally

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Okune, Angela. 2018. "Natasha Vally." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Natasha Vally is a PhD Fellow at WiSER. Her research on social assistance in South Africa is an ethnographic project with a view to unravel the underlying significant theoretical implications embedded in all levels of application for, and delivery of, state social grants. When she was still a historian her Masters degree explored the concept of political quiescence in select South African townships in the 1960s. When she was still a mathematician she completed a BSc (Honours) degree. She has lectured on South African social movements and feminist theory.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

Vally, Natasha Thandiwe. 2016. “Insecurity in South African Social Security: An Examination of Social Grant Deductions, Cancellations, and Waiting.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42 (5): 965–82.

Abstract: "In 2012, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) contracted a private company, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), to design a standardised national social assistance payment and registration system. The national card-based biometric enrolment and payment system was advanced as a...Read more