Professor Claire Vermaak


Dr Claire Vermaak is a senior lecturer in economics. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours, a Master of Commerce and a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She specialises in teaching data analysis skills (econometrics) and research methods, as well as labour economics, to post-graduate students. Dr Vermaak’s research focuses on the analysis of survey data to improve the well-being of individuals and households. This research makes both academic and public policy contributions, focusing on issues including the labour market (access to employment, the extent of low-wage work and the role of immigration), gender inequalities (in labour market outcomes, health and time use), and service delivery (the impacts of household electricity access and energy poverty).  

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (UKZN)
  • MCom (UKZN)
  • BCom(Hons) (Natal)
  • BSc (Natal)

Research Interests

  • Labour economics
  • Employment, unemployment and wages
  • Immigration
  • Household electricity access and usage
  • Energy poverty
  • Time use