Yvonne Erasmus joined SERI as a senior researcher in August 2020. Prior to this, she worked as an independent research consultant and senior researcher at the University of Johannesburg’s Africa Centre for Evidence. She holds an interdisciplinary social science PhD from St George’s, University of London, an MA in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, a BA Honours in Development Studies and a BA in Political Sciences both from RAU (now University of Johannesburg).
She has expertise in research and evidence synthesis for decision-making and has worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders on research uptake. Her multi-disciplinary training and research methods background has led her to work across social topics such as women’s economic empowerment, poverty and the environment, race and identity, gender and development, sexual and reproductive health, and inner city housing.
- Erasmus Y, Pantelic M, and Shackleton, S (2019) A rapid evidence assessment: eHealth for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations worldwide. An overview of reviews. Africa Centre for Evidence and Frontline AIDS. Available at www.africacentreforevidence.org and
- Erasmus Y, Jordaan S (2019) Scoping study of impact evaluation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa Centre for Evidence, Johannesburg. Available at: www.africacentreforevidence.org
- Erasmus, Y., Norins, J. and van der Elst, L. (2019) SADC regional study of vulnerability amongst boys (ages 14-20 years) in schools. Durban: MIET AFRICA
- Jordaan S, Stewart R, Erasmus Y, Maluwa L, Mitchell J, Langer L, Wildeman R, Tannous N & Koch J (2018) Reflections on mentoring experiences for evidence-informed decision-making in South Africa and Malawi. Development in Practice, 28:4, 456-467, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1444733.
- Langer L, Erasmus Y, Tannous N, Obuku E, Ravat Z, Chisoro C, Opondo M, Nduku P, Tripney J, van Rooyen C & Stewart R (2018) Women in wage labour: A systematic review of effects. Summary report London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
- Erasmus Y & Langer L (2018) Does governance type in protected areas matter for poverty? A rapid assessment of the evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. In Schreckenberg K, Mace G & Poudyal M (eds) Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: Tradeoffs and governance. London: Routledge: 232-233
- Langer L, Erasmus Y, Tannous N & Stewart R (2018) How stakeholder engagement has led us to reconsider definitions of rigour in systematic reviews. In Haddaway NR, Crowe S (eds) Stakeholder engagement in environmental synthesis. MISTRA EviEM: Stockholm Sweden.
- Stewart R, Langer L & Erasmus Y (2018). An integrated model for increasing the use of evidence by decision-makers for improved development. Development Southern Africa, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2018.1543579
- Stewart R, Wildeman R, Jordaan S, Erasmus Y, Langer L, Maluwa L, Tannous N & Mitchell J (2018). Practical reflections on combining workshops and mentorships to build capacity in demand and use of evidence in government organisations. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice.
- Stewart R, Van Rooyen C, Langer L, Ngcwabe S & Erasmus Y (2018) Response to the South African government's White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation.
- Erasmus Y, Lötter D, Tannous N, Stewart R (2017) Reflections on per diems in international development: Barriers to and enablers of the project cycle. Development Southern Africa
- Stewart R, Langer L, Wildemann R, Maluwa L, Erasmus Y, Jordaan S, Lötter D, Mitchell J, Motha P (2017) Building capacity for evidence-informed decision-making: an example from South Africa Evidence & Policy, ISSN 1744-2648
- Langer L, Tripney J, Erasmus Y, Tannous N, Chisoro C, Opondo M, Zigana L, Obuku E, van Rooyen C, Stewart R (2017) ‘Women in wage labour: A systematic review of the effectiveness and design features of interventions supporting women’s participation in wage labour in higher growth and/or male-dominated sectors in LMICs. A systematic Review Protocol’. London: EPPICentre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
- Stewart R, Langer L, Rebelo Rebelo Da Silva N, Muchiri E, Zaranyika H, Erasmus Y, Randall N, Rafferty S, Korth M, Madinga N, de Wet T (2015) The Effects of Training, Innovation and New Technology on African Smallholder Farmers’ Economic Outcomes and Food Security: A Systematic Review’ The Campbell Library.
- Langer L, Stewart R, Erasmus, Y, De Wet, T (2015) The last mile on the long walk to evidence-informed development: building capacity to use research evidence. Journal of Development Effectiveness. DOI:10.1080/19439342.2015.1095783 ISSN: 1943-9342
- Stewart R, Erasmus Y, Zaranyika H, Rebelo Da Silva NR, Korth M, Langer L, Madinga N, Randall N, de Wet T (2014) The size and nature of the evidence base for smallholder farming in Africa: a systematic map. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 6 (1): 58-68. DOI:10.1080/19439342.2013.877060
- Stewart R, Erasmus Y, Zaranyika H, Rebelo Rebelo Da Silva N, Muchiri E, Korth M, Langer L, Madinga N, Randall N, de Wet T (2014) The effects of training, innovation and new technology on African smallholder farmers’ wealth and food security: a systematic review protocol. Campbell Library,
- Stone, L. and Erasmus, Y (2012) Race thinking and the law in post-1994 South Africa. Transformation 79:119-143.
- Erasmus, Y. and Ellison, G.T.H. (2008) What can we learn about the meaning of race from the classification of population groups during apartheid? South African Journal of Science 104 (11/12): 450-452.