Dr Surika Civilcharran

Dr Surika Civilcharran
Senior Lecturer
Pietermaritzburg
Post Graduate Centre , Room G32
Information Systems and Technology

Biography

Dr Surika Civilcharran is a lecturer in the Discipline of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) and holds various positions in the School of Management, IT and Governance and the College of Law and Management Studies. These include serving as a discipline representative for the Teaching and Learning Committee in the School, a Module coordinator in the Discipline and a College representative for the procuring and training of proctoring software. 

She joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2008 and shortly after commenced with her Master’s degree in IS&T which upon graduation was recognised in the top 15% of UKZN’s achievers by the Golden Key International Honour Society. She graduated with her PhD in the same field in 2021. 

Dr Civilcharran has been supervising postgraduate students since 2012 and secured the National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka Funding (PhD Track) between 2018 and 2020. Her research focus is on digital intelligence and cloud computing among other IT-related topics. She has several publications in books, journals, and conferences. 

Dr Civilcharran has completed many reviews for journals including the IEEE Access, South African Journal of Information Management, Materials Today, the British Journal of Educational Technology and others. She also served as an external moderator for Pearson Education Group from 2015 to 2019. 

Prior to joining UKZN, Dr Civilcharran worked in industry where she developed information systems for eThekwini Municipality. 

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Information Systems & Technology

Professional Bodies

  • Golden Key International Honour Society

Research Interests

  • Cloud computing 
  • Digital Intelligence 
  • Systems Analysis and Design 
  • Information System 
  • Web Search Strategies 
  • Technology Adoption 
  • Digital Skills Preparedness of Graduates 
  • Information Security 
  • Social Networking 

Publications and Papers

  • Predicting Multi-Generational Technology Adoption Practices in a South African Context 2021 | book-chapter DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2983-6.ch001
  • Predicting Student Intention to Use Cloud Services for Educational Purposes Based on Perceived Security and Privacy 2021 | book-chapter DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2983-6.ch013
  • Understanding students’ usage of smartphone applications for learning purposes: A case study International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communication Engineering (ICACCE) 2020 | conference-paper DOI: 10.1109/ICACCE49060.2020.9154920
  • A Framework to Determine the Digital Skills Preparedness of Graduates for Industry 2018 International Conference on Intelligent and Innovative Computing Applications (ICONIC) 2018 | conference-paper DOI: 10.1109/ICONIC.2018.8601250
  • The Perception of Students about the use of Social Media as an Alternate Learning Platform 2018 International Conference on Intelligent and Innovative Computing Applications (ICONIC) 2018 | conference-paper DOI: 10.1109/ICONIC.2018.8601228
  • Uncovering Web search strategies in South African higher education South African Journal of Information Management 2016 | journal-article DOI: 10.4102/sajim.v18i1.698
  • Uncovering Web search tactics in South African higher education South African Journal of Information Management 2015 | journal-article DOI: doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v17i1.64
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