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Miss Sufinnah Singlee

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Sufia Singlee is a doctoral candidate at the University of Durham. She is a recipient of a PhD studentship from the University’s newly established Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).


Her doctoral project will centre on the recently introduced National Minimum Wage (NMW) in South Africa. Its focus is on the application of the NMW to informal work relationships. By employing both doctrinal and interdisciplinary methodologies, the thesis will investigate the NMW’s effects in the informal economy. Sufia’s research forms part of the overarching project on Decent Work Regulation, led by Professor Deirdre McCann. She will be supervised by Professor McCann together with Professor John Linarelli. The study aims to contribute to labour market policy debates on effective labour regulation, thereby furthering Goal 8 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on decent work and economic growth.


Sufia received both her LLB and LLM (in Labour Law) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and her LLM (in Human Rights and Social Justice) from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She is a member of the Institute for Development and Labour Law at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), PescaDolus (an independent research and fisheries crime network), as well as the Durham Human Rights Centre at Durham Law School.


The CDT is supporting more than 20 students working on a specific challenge in one or more of the areas associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals with all PhD students coming from a DAC nation. All CDT PhD projects are interdisciplinary and collaborations with universities in DAC countries.


Sufia is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Cape Town where she teaches both labour law and business law.

Research Interests

Labour law

Law and development

Human rights and social justice

Immigration law

International law

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