Office of the Research Director

Retha Bloem

  Prof Retha Bloem

  Research Director
  +27 21 8643593
  Retha.bloem@nwu.ac.za
  North West University, 18 Malan Street, Wellington 7655, Western Cape, Potchefstroom
  BSW BA (hons) sociology MSW MA DPhil (UP)
  Higher Education Management and Creative Arts Therapies, expressive arts, play therapy

Social Justice Research aimed at elucidating perspectives or experiences of individuals who experience marginalization or discrimination.
The epistemological and methodological understanding of research management and research integrity
Chair:  Intercultural diversity reference group: Global North – Global South cohort
Standing Committee:  Integrated Research Integrity Management System:  Faculty of Health Science

Operational Manager: Western Cape regional office

  Mrs Abigail Warne (CCYF)

  Financial Officer
  +27 21 864 3593
  Abigail.Warne@nwu.ac.za
  Certificate in Office Management (Unisa) Diploma in Secretarial Studies


  Prof Elmien Truter

  Associate Professor, NRF rated researcher and promoter; Research Coordinater: Vanderbijlpark Campus
  +27 16 910 3505
  elmien.truter@nwu.ac.za
  Building 9A, Office G17.6, Vanderbijlpark
  BA (social work) - Stellenbosch University; MA (Forensic practice) - NWU Potchefstroom campus; PhD (resilience in child protection social workers) NWU VTC
  Statutory/child protection social work

Research Focus: My research, broadly speaking, relates to studies that identify and address problems within the South African child protection system to empower child protection social workers in protecting more children against child abuse and neglect.


  Ms Jessica Daniel

  Personal Assistant to the Research Director
  +27 18 299 1745
  26159600@nwu.ac.za
  Building E8, Room G11, Potchefstroom
  BA Psychology and Labour Relations, Honours Psychology
  Research administration for all Masters programmes in Psychology; Research Intern: Scientific committee coordinator; Research Integrity and ethics

Research Focus: Psychology and Intervention Research


  Mrs Louise van Wyk

  Administrative Assistant
  +27 21 864 3593
  Louise.VanWyk@nwu.ac.za
  North West University, 18 Malan Street, Wellington 7655, Western Cape, Potchefstroom
  Grade 12, Certificate in Office Management, Advance Office Management, Christian Emergency and Trauma Counseling


  Ms Melanie Strydom

  Senior Administration Assistant
  +27 21 864 3593
  Melanie.Strydom@nwu.ac.za
  North West University, 18 Malan Street, Wellington, 7655, Western Cape, Potchefstroom
  Grade 12, Certificate in Office Management, Certificate in Advanced Office Management


  Prof Vincent Mabvurira

  Associate Professor and promoter in Social work; Research Coordinator: Mahikeng Campus
  +27 73 112 4150
  Vincent.Mabvurira@nwu.ac.za
  Bachelor of Social Work Honours Degree (University of Zimbabwe)
Master of Social Work (University of Zimbabwe)
PhD Social Work (University of Limpopo)
  Interface among religion, spirituality and social work; child welfare; environmental social work