Elelwani Ramugondo is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She worked as a clinician in rural South Africa and in the United States of America during the 1990s. She was Head of Occupational Therapy at UCT from 2010 to 2013.
Following the fall of the Rhodes Statue at UCT she served for a year as Special Advisor on Transformation to the Vice Chancellor. She continues to serve at institutional level as Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee and co-Chair of the Curriculum Change Working Group. Her scholarship on intergenerational play led to the conceptualisation of occupational consciousness, informed by liberation philosophy, and coloniality as an aspect of western-led modernity.
This has laid groundwork for several doctoral studies adopting a decolonial approach to scholarship. Ramugondo has published several peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books. Her publications cover a broad range of topics including theorisation in the context of discovery, spirituality in occupational therapy practice and the political nature of human occupation.
Becker, T.Ramugondo, E. Kostner, A., Ashcroft, J., Kirsten, M. & Neethling, K. (2015). Supportive structures for play and social inclusion within an urban park: a qualitative descriptive study. UR@UCT: Undergraduate Research. 1(1), pp. 36 – 59,DOI 10.15641/ur-at-uct.v1i2.37
Ramugondo, E. L. (2015). Occupational consciousness. Journal of Occupational Science, 22(4), pp. 488–501, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2015.1042516
Cloete, L. G. & Ramugondo, E. L. (2015). “I drink”: Mothers’ alcohol consumption as both individualised and imposed occupation. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), pp. 34 – 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45no1a6
Gretschel, P., Ramugondo, E. L. & Galvaan, R. (2015).South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), pp. 51 – 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45no1a9
Guajardo, A., Kronenberg F., Ramugondo, E. L. (2015).Southern occupational therapies: Emerging identities, epistemologies and practices. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), pp. 3 – 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45n1a2
Kronenberg F., Kathard H., Laliberte Rudman D., Ramugondo E. L. (2015).? South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), pp. 20 – 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45no1a4
Ramugondo, E. L., Galvaan, R. & Duncan, E. (2015). Editorial. Special edition for theorizing about human occupation. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), pp. 1 – 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45no1a1
Motimele, R. Ramugondo, E. L. (2014). Violence and healing: Exploring the power of collective occupations. International Journal of Criminology & Sociology, 3, pp.388 - 401
Reinette, R., Kyriacos, U. & Ramugondo, E. (2014). Newly qualified South African nurses' lived experience of the transition from student to graduate community service nurse: a phenomenological study. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45 (2), pp. 91 -100. DOI:10.3928/00220124-20140122-01
Pearton, J., Ramugondo, E. L., Cloete, L. & Cordier, R. (2014). Playfulness and prenatal alcohol exposure: A comparative study. Online publication. Australian Journal for Occupational Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12118
Hess, K., & Ramugondo, E. L. (2014). Clinical reasoning used by occupational therapists to determine the nature of spiritual occupations in relation to psychiatric pathology. British Journal for Occupational Therapy, 77 (5). DOI: 10.4276/030802214X13990455043449
Ramugondo, E.L. & Kronenberg, F. (2013). Explaining collective occupations from a human relations perspective: Bridging the individual-collective dichotomy, Journal of Occupational Science, DOI:10.1080/14427591.2013.781920
Ramugondo, E.L. (2012). Intergenerational play within family: The case for occupational consciousness, Journal of Occupational Science, 19 (4), pp. 326-340. DOI:10.1080/14427591.2012.710166
Ramugondo, E.L. (2011). Play rhetoric across generations within family: A window of opportunity to discern the African condition. African Journal of Rhetoric, 3, pp. 134 – 154.
Fane, T., Ramugondo, E., Leshoele, M., Coker, T. (2010).The Experience of beading by women living with HIV/AIDS within the “Kidzpositive Family Fund” Non-Profit Organization. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy.40 (2), pp. 5-10
Bross, H., Ramugondo, E., Taylor, C., Sinclair, C. (2008). Children need others: Triggers for playfulness in pre-schoolers with multiple disabilities living within an informal settlement. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 39 (2), pp. 1-5
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
Gretschel, P., Ramugondo, E. & Galvaan, R. (2016). The need to explore the process of designing an occupational therapy intervention for caregivers of children on HAART living in low income conditions in South Africa. In D. Sakellariou & N. Pollard (eds.), Occupational therapy without borders: Integrating justice with practice (2nd Ed.) London: Elsevier
, E. L. & Barry, A. (2011) Enabling play in the context of rapid social change. In F Kronenberg, N Pollard and D. Sakellariou (Eds). Occupational Therapies Without Borders: Towards an Ecology of Occupation-Based Practices. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: London
Ramugondo, E. L. & Barry, A. (2011) Enabling play in the context of rapid social change. In F Kronenberg, N Pollard and D. Sakellariou (Eds). Occupational Therapies Without Borders: Towards an Ecology of Occupation-Based Practices. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: London
Kronenberg, F. Ramugondo, E. (2011) Ubuntourism: engaging divided people in post-apartheid South Africa. In F Kronenberg, N Pollard and D. Sakellariou (Eds). Occupational Therapies Without Borders: Towards an Ecology of Occupation-Based Practices. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: London
De Jongh, J., Firfirey, F., Hess-April, L., Ramugondo, E.Smit, N., Van Niekerk, L. (2011) Nature of political reasoning as a foundation for engagement. In F Kronenberg, N Pollard and D. Sakellariou (Eds). Occupational Therapies Without Borders: Towards an Ecology of Occupation-Based Practices.Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: London
Joubert, R., Galvaan, G, & Ramugondo, E. (2006). Reflecting on contexts of service learning (pp 36-49), Practice and Service Learning in Occupational Therapy: Enhancing potential in context. In T Lorenzo, M Duncan, H Buchanan and A Alsop. John Wiley Ltd: London
Ramugondo, E.L. (2005) Unlocking spirituality: play as a health-promoting occupation in the context of HIV/AIDS (pp 313-325), Occupational Therapy without Borders – Learning from the Spirit of Survivors. In F Kronenberg, S Simó Algado and N Pollard. Elsevier Science-Churchill Livingstone: London
Ramugondo E. L. (2004) Play and playfulness: Children living with HIV/AIDS (pp 171 - 185). Transformation Through Occupation. In R Watson and L Swartz. Whurr Published: London
Weskamp K & Ramugondo E. L. (2004)
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