Mr Shandir Ramlagan is a Senior Research Specialist in the Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH) research unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He obtained his master?s degree in development studies from the University of Natal and is currently studying towards his doctoral degree in psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Mr Ramlagan has experience in social science research; both in the areas of qualitative and quantitative research design, research methodology, management of surveys as well as data analysis and report writing. His project experience includes working on all South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication surveys? in roles ranging from data collector to Project Director. He has worked on NIH R01 funded randomized controlled trials as well as on projects for organizations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, the World Bank, Population Council, and various government departments. His publication record spans over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, project reports, co-authored book chapters, conceptual and epidemiological models. Mr Ramlagan is currently Managing Editor on the Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA-J)..