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Zunda Chisa (PhD)

Zunda Chisha is a Zambian PhD candidate working with the Economics of Tobacco Control Project. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Zambia and a Master’s degree in health economics from UCT. His PhD topic focuses on the economic interactions of alcohol and tobacco use. He aims to investigate the nature of the relationship in the consumption of the two products and their effects on the South African population at household and individual level. He is also involved in a project on the impact of cigarette tax increases on the illicit cigarette market in low and middle income countries.

Michal Stoklosa (PhD)

Michal Stoklosa is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics. He serves as Senior Economist, Taxation & Health in the Economic and Health Policy Research Program at American Cancer Society. He conducts research and trains policymakers and health advocates primarily in issues around tobacco taxation and illicit trade in tobacco products. Other areas of his research include the effects of tax policies on use of electronic cigarettes, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages. In his most recent work, he uses behavioral economics models to better understand reasons behind self-harming behaviors. Prior to joining the American Cancer Society in 2010, Michal worked in the National Institute of Public Health in Poland.

Nicole Vellios (PhD)

Nicole's PhD thesis is focused on the impact of cigarette pricing and packaging policies on cigarette consumption in South Africa. To measure the impact of prices on quitting behaviour, survival analysis techniques will be used. By following people over time, and matching price data to every year, it is possible to measure whether or not higher prices incentivise quitting. To measure the impact of plain packaging of cigarettes on various sub-populations in South Africa, a discrete choice experiment will be conducted to test how people respond to cigarette packs with different attributes. The thesis will also investigate trends in illicit trade in South Africa from 2002 to 2015.

Chipo Yvette Rusere (Masters)

Chipo is currently completing a Masters degree specialising in Economic Development at UCT. Chipo’s thesis will investigate what challenges a tobacco-producing (and reliant) country like Zimbabwe faces in meeting its obligations according to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) while balancing conflicting national interests in promoting health and maintaining or substituting the gains from tobacco exports. This will be done by conducting interviews with key stakeholders in government, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations and the medical field. Such research can inform national initiatives to build capacity around the effective implementation of the FCTC in Zimbabwe.