Research psychologist by training and a leading thinker on masculinities, Kopano is professor at Unisa. He is the incumbent chair of the board of Sonke Gender Justice and past president of the Psychological Society of South Africa.
Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa, Kopano Ratele is co-director of the MRC-UNISA Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unity. Best known for his work on men and masculinity – specifically in relation to violence, race, sexualities, and tradition – he has published a number of books, scholarly essays, research papers, and shorter pieces on a range of psychological, cultural and social topics.
His list of publications included the co-edited book ‘From Boys to Men: Social Constructions of Masculinities in Contemporary Society’; ‘Inter-group Relations: South African Perspectives’; and “There Was This Goat”, co-authored with Nosisi Mpolweni and Antjie Krog. Ratele was head of the South African WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Intentional Injury and Violence Prevention,