Dr Ndinda is a Research Director within the Human and Social Capabilities (HSC) division of the HSRC. She has a PhD Social Science (UKZN) and an MSc Urban and Regional Planning (UKZN).
In 2013 she was the recipient of a research fellowship awarded by the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and funded by the IDRC. She has been the recipient of 18 grants and authored 19 research reports. Her authorship includes papers in peer reviewed international journals, book chapters, conference papers and policy brief.
In 2016 she was the principal investigator in the Department of Human Settlements Study, Baseline assessment for the future impact evaluation of informal settlements targeted for upgrading, which was also presented the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador. The study developed baseline indicators for the both effectiveness and impact evaluation of informal settlements.
Her research interests are in human settlements research, monitoring and evaluation and policy analysis.