Kopano Ratele


Kopano Ratele is a Professor in the Institute of Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and co-director of the Medical Research Council-UNISA Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit (SAPPRU), Kopano has a range of scholarly and wider social interests spanning such areas of epistemology, methodology, violence, injury, safety and peace; psychology, sexuality, race and culture, as well as happiness, status, men and masculinities. However, Kopano is best known for his work on issues of identity, violence, sexuality, and masculinity. Prior to the ISHS and SAPPRU, he was professor at the University of Western Cape in the Department of Psychology and in Women & Gender Studies. Kopano has an extensive list of scholarly articles, books, and presentations delivered around the world. Among others, he has edited or co-edited the books From boys to men: social construction of masculinities in contemporary society and Inter-group relations: South African perspectives. His latest book is There was this goat, co-authored with Nosisi Mpolweni and Antjie Krog. He is editor-in-chief of African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention and books editor of the South African Journal of Psychology. Kopano is the immediate Past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa.