Louise Bezuidenhout

Languages: English, Afrikaans, German

Science and Technology Researcher
PhD in Sociology
Founder of Lab Hack – Equipment built in Africa, by African students for African STEM education

ORCID: 0000-0003-4328-3963
Github: loubez

Louise’s research interests are broadly centred on data sharing issues within the life sciences.  In particular, she is interested in how the data produced during scientific experimentation enters into circulation, and how it is valued by potential downstream users.  Her work involves a strong empirical component, including a number of ethnographic studies in laboratories in the UK, USA, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.

Trained in both the life and social sciences, Louise holds a PhD in Cardiothoracic Surgery from the University of Cape Town (South Africa, 2007) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Exeter (UK, 2014).  She also holds an MA in bioethics from KU Leuven (Belgium, 2008).  She has previously worked as a research fellow at the University of Exeter and the University of Notre Dame (USA).  In addition to her work at InSIS, Louise remains an honorary lecturer at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and is active in various initiatives advocating for better education on Open Data for scientists.