Hamsa Venkat holds the SARCHi SA Numeracy Chair at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg – now in its second 5-year phase of research and development in primary mathematics. She leads a team of academics, postdoctoral and postgraduate students, all involved in studying and improving primary mathematics teaching and learning in government primary schools serving disadvantaged students.
Her work in South Africa has been in the areas of Mathematical Literacy and Primary Mathematics. Prior to this, Hamsa was based in England, working initially as a high school mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools, before moving into teacher education at the Institute of Education and research in mathematics education at King’s College London. She obtained her PhD at Kings College London and is the winner of the 2005 British Educational Research Association dissertation award for making the most significant doctoral contribution to research in education in 2004.