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Lea Esterhuizen

Head of Research, UnLtd

Biography

Lea’s background as a methodologist, researcher and evaluator spans work in the public, private and third sectors in South Africa, Bosnia and the UK and has focused substantively on state-sponsored violence and genocide as well as issues relating to refugees and asylum. She has taught in the social sciences at universities in South Africa and in the UK and has conducted research and evaluations across a range of sectors, including national evaluations of the then newly introduced post-apartheid education initiative (Outcomes-Based Education) in South Africa and the Home Office sponsored refugee mentoring scheme (Time Together) in the UK. She has also worked in Bosnia on her doctoral research which focused on the role of nostalgia in different formulations of blame, and continues her work on using culture to encourage intergroup engagement amongst teenagers in the tense environment of Prijedor in the North West. She is now Head of Research at UnLtd: The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.