Relate your Research - a social work podcast

RELATE YOUR RESEARCH - A SOCIAL WORK PODCAST  |  Podcast , ±32 min episodes every 6 weeks, 6 days  | 
To generate, disseminate and preserve lessons and stories of social work researchers in South Africa. To provide a collaborative platform for social workers and researchers to share their unique experiences, creating an innovative dialogue while preserving knowledge.

Endorsed by Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University
Produced by Ward Wide Music, Cape Town

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S1/Ep.17 "Season 1 close out reflection from Dr Jessica Ronaasen"

This episode is a personal reflection on the first Season of Relate Your Research. IT has been such a privilege to preserve research in a fun and conversational way.

In 2022 I had a baby - and completed my Phd! What a journey! This episode features some tips and practical tools that helped me manage and complete the year with two of my life greatest achievements.

Some useful tools and referrals:
Richard Baker - Podcast Production and Mixing

Lisa Gouws - Proof Reading, Editing & Reference Support

Gloria Cooper - Transcription Services

S1/Ep.16 "How are our communities responding to Gender Based Violence with Lauren Jacobs"

In our final episode of the season we tackle a relevant topic for 2020, Gender Based Violence (GBV). Lauren Jacobs relates her research on this controversial topic on how our communities are responding to GBV, specifically in faith-based communities.

Lauren describes herself as a Literary Artist, Professional Author, Radio Host 729AM, Ordained Minister, Journalist and Equality Advocate.

Some noteworthy achievements include;
Desmond Tutu - Gerrit Brand Award Winner 2017, Ted x Cape Town Speaker 2018, Next Generation Award Winner (Washington, U.S.A) 2019, Global Women's Empowerment Summit Speaker (Sandton) 2021.

She completed her
B.A degree - UNISA | Post graduate Honours | Master in Divinity - Therapeaia Bible College |

Link Up:
Instagram: @profuselyprofound

S1/Ep.15 "The role of financial literacy education in facilitating social development with Adriaan Jordaan"

Basic financial concepts are vital for facilitating social development in South Africa. In a recently completed study by Adriaan Jordaan a Stellenbosch University graduate shares his Masters research.

Adriaan describes his investigation into the perceptions of social workers on the role of financial literacy education in facilitating social development. Financial literacy education has been understudied in South Africa and studies (in countries with similar socio-economic challenges to SA) have shown financial literacy education initiatives can act as effective mediums to help buffer clients against poor socio-economic circumstances.

Endorsed by Stellenbosch University Department of Social Work

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S1/Ep.14 "Parenting for Lifelong Health programmes for Young Children with Catherine Ward"

This episodes merges the worlds of research and community intervention with Catherine Ward, a researcher and Professor from University of Cape Town in the Department of Psychology. She shares her research journey and interest in parenting as well as violence prevention in South Africa.

This episode focuses on the Parenting for Lifelong Health programmes for Young Children which is a package of open access, non-commercialised parenting programmes to prevent violence in low-resource settings.

Link to online resources & programme:

Youtube link about PLH:

S1/Ep.13 "National Chairperson of LITASA shares on Literacy for children (0-6 years)"

We are joined by Catherine Langsford, National Chairperson of Literacy Association of South Africa who shares with us more about the role of Literacy in early childhood development. She also shares on the development of this association and the role research have played, and an continue to play in the education sector.

This episode is part of our ECD series, bridging the ECD sector with research and those in the field.

LITASA Website:
Literacy in SA Research:
LITASA Conference 2020 Youtube Playlist:

S1/Ep.12 "Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV with Teresa Wilson"

The aim to this discussion is to talk about how we build our community through support, trust and role modelling while sharing knowledge and experiences about HIV, child health and parenting.

Early Childhood is time of great potential but also for many mothers is a time of risk if positive health practices are not prioritised particularly if the mother or the child is HIV positive.

In this episode we talk about a Participatory Action Research Initiative in the Eastern Cape with Teresa Wilson, Community Dietitian and postgraduate researcher.

Links to resources for community engagement can. be found at :

S1/Ep.11 "Early Years, Nutrition & chronic disease of lifestyle with Teresa Wilson"

During the first 6 years of life nutrition and health are vital elements to ensure optimal development. Previous research has shown the prevalence and impact of non-communicable diseases in underprivileged communities in South Africa. However, there is limited research on the impact of non-communicable diseases in caregivers raising children. Living with a non-
communicable disease presented to have a huge influence on parenting.

Living in an underprivileged community has been found to have an influence on the management of non-communicable disease as well as raising a child aged 0-6 years old.

Teresa Wilson from Department of Health & Nelson Mandela University shares her project exploring the link between nutrition and diseases of lifestyle.

Links from Episode:

This podcast is supported by the DG Murray Trust.

S1/Ep.10 "ECD Forums – creating community support with Jessica Blom"

ECD Forums are formal or informal gatherings of Principals, Practitioners and community members with the function role of connecting with each other in areas or communites.

Jessica Blom shares her research highlighting the value of a collective experience and shared knowledge which is strengthening the ECD sector in a number of ways.

Links from Episode:

Thesis still to be published online *Link to follow*

This episode was supported by the DG Murray Trust

S1/Ep.9 "The South African 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Birth to 5 with Simone Topaz & Catherine Draper"

The South African 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Birth to 5 Years: Results From the Stakeholder Consultation

Featuring both, Catherine Draper, Senior Lecturer at Wits University and Simone Tomaz, University of Stirling who both worked on the development of the Movement Guidelines for South Africa..

Useful Tools:

Articles & Related Research:
Draper, C.E., Tomaz, S.A., Stone, M., Hinkley, T., Jones, R.A., Louw, J., Twine, R., Kahn, K. and Norris, S.A., 2017. Developing intervention strategies to optimise body composition in early childhood in South Africa. BioMed research international, 2017.

Tomaz, S.A., 2018. Physical activity and gross motor skills in rural South African preschool children (Doctoral dissertation, University of Cape Town).

Draper, C.E., Tomaz, S.A., Stone, M., Hinkley, T., Jones, R.A., Louw, J., Twine, R., Kahn, K. and Norris, S.A., 2017. Research Article Developing Intervention Strategies to Optimise Body Composition in Early Childhood in South Africa.

Jones, S., Hendricks, S. and Draper, C.E., 2014. Assessment of physical activity and sedentary behavior at preschools in Cape Town, South Africa. Childhood Obesity, 10(6), pp.501-510.

This ECD Series is supported by the DG Murray Trust

S1/Ep.7 "Talking about Social Protests & Social Action with Hilary Chibaya"

Why do people protest? Should social workers be involved in social protests? We hear from Hilary Chibaya a social work Phd researcher at Stellenbosch University looking at social action & protests in South Africa


S1/Ep.8 "The Trajectory of ECD Policy in South Africa with Eric Atmore"

Atmore is the director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and his thesis focused on an in-depth analysis of the South African Early Childhood Development policy.

This episode starts off our ECD series by looking at the pathway and progress of ECD policy in South Africa and the implications of this in the ECD sector.

Centre for Early Childhood Development:

Atmore, E., 2019. An Interpretive Analysis of the Early Childhood Development Policy Trajectory in Post-apartheid South Africa.

Van Niekerk, L. Ashley-Cooper, M and Atmore, E. (2017) Effective early childhood development programme options meeting the needs of young South African children. Cape Town: Centre for Early Childhood Development.

This Podcast Series is supported by the DG Murray Trust

S1/Ep.6 "The experiences of the unemployed in South Africa with Dr Melinda Du Toit "

What do we really know about the lived experiences of people who are unemployed? In this episode, Dr Melinda Du Toit passionately describes her journey and doctoral research which focused on the qualitative inquiry into the experience of unemployment of individuals living in South African townships.

Melinda is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) at the University of Johannesburg

Recent article in the

Contextual factors and the experience of unemployment: A review of qualitative studies:

Exploring experiences of unemployment in South African townships [PhD (Industrial Psychology):

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