Dr Ashika Maharaj

Dr Ashika Maharaj
Dr Ashika Maharaj
AL: Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Senior Lecture
M Block M1-309, 3rd floor
Human Resource Management


I joined the university in 2009 as a LEAP lecturer. Since then I was appointed as a lecturer in 2012, and completed my PhD in 2015. I have served in the discipline of Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations while at UKZN. In 2017, I took over as Academic Leader of the discipline. My research interests involve International HRM, Talent Management, Skills development and Employment Engagement. I have presented papers at both national and international conferences as a sole presenter as well as co-presenter with my students. I have also written a number of SAPSE accredited journal articles as a sole author and in collaborations with staff and students.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Management (HRM) UKZN
  • HBAdmin (Industrial Psychology) HRD (UND)
  • HED (Postgraduate) (UNISA)
  • B.Arts (UND)

Professional Qualifications

  • Moderator SSETA
  • Assessor SSETA

Research Interests

  • International HRM
  • Talent Managment
  • Employee Engagement
  • Skills Development

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Maharaj, A. (2017) International Career Experiences of Expatriate Academics in South Africa, International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 9(1); pp.41-56.
  • Maharaj, A. (2016) Academic Mobility and Immigration Trends in South African Higher Education Institutions; Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies; 8(4); pp.52-66.
  • Polite Masvaure, Shaun Ruggunan and Ashika Maharaj (2014) Work Engagement, Intrinsic Motivation and Job Satisfaction among Employees of a Diamond Mining Company in Zimbabwe, Journal of Economic and Behavioural Studies 6(6), pp. 488-499.
  • Strangers amongst us: Expatriate Academics in South African Higher education. Conference paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Economics and Social Sciences (ICESS 2016) held at the Durban University of Technology. 19-20 November 2016.
  • Expatriation outside the Multinational Corporation: The Case of Academics in South Africa, paper presented at the 23 Annual SAIMS Conference: Finding a silver lining for business in the Global Economic and Political dark clouds- 11-14 September 2011, Durban South Africa.
  • South Africa’s Brain Gain: Inflows of Academic Expatriates, paper presented at the 15th Annual IEASA Conference: The Impact of Internationalisation on the Quality of Higher Education, 31 August- 3 September 2011- Durban South Africa.
  • The Impact of Globalisation on South African Higher Education Institutions: Patterns of Academic Inflow into the South African Higher Education System (Case of UKZN) paper presented at the Twelfth International Seminar on Globalisation of Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities, New Delhi India- 4-5 January 2011.