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The Centre currently consists of one director, two additional full-time researchers and three part-time researchers. 

    Professor Rob Dorrington

BCom (Mathematics, Accounting, Statistics, Business Administration, Mathematical Statistics) University of Natal, Durban
BSc (Hons) (Mathematical Statistics) UCT
BA (Psychology, Economics) UNISA (with distinction)
MPhil (Demography) UCT (with distinction)
Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries

Professor of Actuarial Science, Head of the Actuarial Science Section of the School of Management Studies and Director of the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe)

Rob Dorrington is an actuary and a demographer, a past convenor of the AIDS Committee of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, and as such has worked extensively on the ASSA suite of AIDS and demographic projection models.  He currently serves on the South African Statistics Council, the Research Monitoring and Evaluation Task Team of South African National AIDS Council, and on a national reference group to assist Statistics South Africa with producing official mortality tables and population projections.  He has served on the Council of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and is a past President of the Demographic Association of Southern Africa, and is a past winner of the President's award and the Murray Medal of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.  Over the past year he has participated in numerous seminars and workshops and authored or co-authored nine publications or papers presented at national and international conferences and workshops.

    Dr Tom Moultrie

BBusSc (Actuarial Science) UCT 1992
MSc (Development Studies) LSE 1998 (with distinction)
PhD (Demography) LSHTM 2002

Senior Lecturer in Demography, CARe

Tom is a demographer, and studied under Dr Ian Timaeus at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His particular research interests relate to the measurement and analysis of fertility and birth intervals in South and Southern Africa. After completing his PhD at the end of 2001, he returned to Cape Town as a postdoctoral Fellow in Demography, based at the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe). At the beginning of 2005, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in CARe. He has published in internationally respected journals (Journal of Southern African Studies, and Population Studies) and worked closely with Professor Dorrington and Dr Timaeus as part of team contracted to perform the analysis of fertility and mortality data collected in the 2001 South Africa Census.

    Deborah (Debbie) Budlender

BA(Hons) (Economics) UCT
MA (Industrial Sociology) UCT
BSc (Computer Science and Maths) UCT

Debbie is in full-time employ of Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE), an NGO which specialises in social policy research. CASE has a long-term ongoing contract with CARe in terms of which Debbie works part-time for CARe.

A member of the Council of University of Cape Town

In the early 1980s Debbie worked for four years for SALDRU, one of the fore-runners of DataFirst. At the time Debbie was there, SALDRU coordinated the second Carnegie Enquiry into Poverty, to which Debbie contributed. From 1997 to 2001 Debbie was on a part-time secondment to Statistics South Africa. During that time Debbie was responsible for planning and coordinating the first national time use study, set up the Gender Unit, and worked on a range of other initiatives relating to poverty, children, employment. Debbie has been involved in a wide range of social policy research since joining CASE in 1988. Debbie has worked in about 30 countries, mostly on gender-responsive budgeting but also on other issues, and gender and statistics in particular. In addition to gender, other areas in which Debbie has done quite a bit of work are labour/employment, poverty, and children. Over the years, and until its recent closure, Debbie was involved in a range of projects together with the Women's Health Project.


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