Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 033 260 5520
Campus: Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room: New Art Building room 324


Dr Jessica Goebel is a senior lecturer in Economics in the School of Accounting, Economic and Finance. She holds a MCom (Economics) and PhD (Higher Education). Her teaching focus is on microeconomics and environmental economics, and her postgraduate supervision centres on economic analysis of natural resource- and development-related issues in a Southern African context. Jessica’s current research is focused on teaching, learning and curriculum in Economics higher education.

Academic Qualifications:

  • BCom
  • BCom (Hons) Economics
  • MCom (Natal)
  • PhD (Higher Education) UKZN

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning in Economics higher education
  • environment and development
  • sustainable tourism
  • applied microeconomics
  • behavioural economics

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Goebel, J. & Maistry, S. 2019. Recounting the role of emotions in learning economics: Using the Threshold Concepts Framework to explore affective dimensions of students’ learning. International Review of Economics Education. 30 (1) 1-13. doi:10.1016/j.iree.2018.08.001.
  • Goebel, J. & Maistry, S. 2020. Engaging head and heart in disciplinary learning: Insights from a threshold concepts-infused university programme. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning. Forthcoming (June 2020).
  • Smith M., Schroenn Goebel J. & Blignaut J.N. 2014. The financial and economic feasibility of rural household biodigesters for poor communities in South Africa. Waste Management 34 (2) February 2014 352-362.
    doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2013.10.042
  • Lepper C. & Goebel J. 2010. Community-based natural resource management, poverty alleviation and livelihood diversification: A case study from Northern Botswana Development Southern Africa 27 (5) December 2010, 725-39.
    doi: 10.1080/0376835X.2010.522834