Dr Bianca Rochelle Parry

Dr Bianca Rochelle Parry is the Programme Director for Research at the Centre for Mediation in Africa (CMA) at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. As a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y2 rated researcher, she has published widely on the lived experiences of marginalised and vulnerable communities in South African society, with a specific concentration on women and gender.

Her research has been recognised with a Special Commendation from the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women and Equalities Section. In addition, her research findings have been broadcast by the local media via radio, television, podcast, and news articles, garnering much public interest. Her research project on the development of academic resources and accessible online platforms to democratise educational opportunities for women in conflict with the law, was awarded a research grant from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS). Currently, she is leading a postdoctoral research project titled “Psychosocial Profiles of Women Mediators in Africa: Impacts of Resilience and Networks of Social Support”.

Research Profile

Publication record:

  • Parry. B. R. & Segalo. P. (2017). Eating burnt toast: The lived experiences of female breadwinners in South Africa. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 18(4). 181-196. https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol18/iss4/13/
  • Parry, B.R. (2020). Feminist research principles and practices. In S. Kramer, S. Laher, A. Fynn, & H. Janse van Vuuren (Eds.), Online Readings in Research Methods (pp. 1-28). Psychological Society of South Africa. https://www.psyssa.com/newsroom/publications/orim/
  • Parry, B.R. & Gordon, E. (2020). The shadow pandemic: Inequitable gendered impacts of COVID‐19 in South Africa. Gender, Work & Organization – Feminist Frontiers, 28(2). 795-806. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12565
  • Parry, B.R. (2021). Pathways and penalties: Exploring experiences of agency among incarcerated women in South Africa. Feminism & Psychology, 31(2). 252-269. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353520945857
  • Parry, B.R. (2021). When is a choice not a choice? Experiences of individual agency and autonomy by South African female breadwinners. Image & Text, 35, 1-18. https://hdl.handle.net/10520/ejc-imtext_v35_n1_a9
  • Parry, B.R. (2022). The motherhood penalty – Understanding the gendered role of motherhood in the life histories of incarcerated South African women. Feminist Criminology,17(2), 274-292. https://doi.org/10.1177/15570851211053265
  • Parry, B.R. (Ed.). (2022). Community Psychology. Pearson Education. ISBN: 9781485715436
  • Parry, B.R. (2022). “A Path of Narrowing Options” – Contextualizing the Polyvictimization Narratives of Women Incarcerated in a South African Correctional Centre. Critical Criminology, 30(2). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10612-022-09657-6
  • Moodley, J.K., Parry, B.R. and Van Hout, M.C. (2022). Incarceration, menstruation and COVID-19: A viewpoint of the exacerbated inequalities and health disparities in South African correctional facilities. International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-05-2022-0033