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Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller

Divisional Executive, Human Sciences Research Council


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Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller is a divisional executive in the HSRC’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division. She holds a Doctorate in Law (LLD) from the University of Pretoria. Bohler-Muller specialises in participatory democracy and social justice as well as gender equality and the fulfilment of socio-economic rights.

Bohler-Muller was formerly a Professor at Nelson Mandela University (then the NMMU) before she joined the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in 2011 as a research director and moved to the HSRC as a deputy executive director in 2012. She was an adjunct Professor of law, University of Fort Hare (2015 – 2020) and is currently a research associate with the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies, University of Free State. Whilst at the HSRC she has led, amongst others. numerous large projects for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department of Monitoring, Planning and Evaluation in the Presidency, European Union Commission in South Africa, the UK Commonwealth and Foreign Office and led a collaboration with the University of Johannesburg on the Covid-19 democracy survey, with five rounds of the survey conducted from April 2020 to November 2021.   Before joining the HSRC, Bohler-Muller spent sixteen years as an academic] during which time she taught numerous courses in law and legal philosophy, beginning her career at the Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University. During the past decade, she has mostly conducted research in the area of human rights and social justice, as well as gender equality and socio-economic rights.

Bohler-Muller has published 51 scientific articles in local and international peer-reviewed academic journals, 6 books, 15 book chapters and 30 research reports. She has also presented more than 100 papers at local and international conferences, many of them as an invited keynote speaker. She is on the editorial board of one national and two international accredited journals, regularly conducts peer reviews for journals and writes book reviews. Bohler-Muller has officially represented South Africa at international fora, including BRICS, IBSA, the W20 and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and completed visiting research fellowships at Birkbeck University (London), Griffith University (Brisbane) and BRICS Research Centre (Rio de Janeiro).