Dr Stephanié Rossouw

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Undergraduate Programmes Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5710

Email: stephanie.rossouw@aut.ac.nz


  • 2007    Ph.D. Economics at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa. Thesis “Sub-national Differences in the Quality of Life in South Africa”.
  • 2003    M.Com Economics (Cum Laude) at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), South Africa. Dissertation “The East Asian Economic Growth Miracle: Lessons for Sub-Sahara Africa”.
  • 2003    Certificate in International Trade at the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA), South Africa.
  • 2001    Honours B.Com Bank Risk Management (Cum Laude) at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), South Africa.

Memberships and Affiliations:


My primary area of expertise lies with wellbeing economics, with secondary interests in development economics.

Teaching Areas:

  • Postgraduate Development Economics
  • Macroeconomics for Business
  • Introductory Micro- and Macroeconomics

Research Areas:

  • Wellbeing
  • Regional development
  • Poverty
  • Vulnerability

Research Summary:

Through my roles as Co-Editor Economics for the Journal of Happiness Studies and member of the Executive Team for the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS), I am determined to conduct research that matters. Through analysing the variables that determine wellbeing, I am able to direct policy. The field of wellbeing economics in its totality allows us to directly address the outcomes of policy for the development of human welfare in as much as it addresses ‘the ends’ rather than ’the means’.

Current Research Projects:

  • Wellbeing convergence in Africa.      
  • Using big data to determine cross-country subjective wellbeing.
  • Conspicuous consumption effects on subjective wellbeing.
  • Indebtedness and wellbeing.


  1. ROSSOUW, S. & Greyling, T. (2019). Regional disparities in income-independent quality of life in South African municipalities: convergence or divergence? Forthcoming in Annals of Regional Studies.
  2. Greyling, T. & ROSSOUW, S. (2019). Microloans and the quality of life of the marginalized. Forthcoming in Social Indicators Research.  (A ranked).
  3. ROSSOUW, S. & Greyling, T. (2019). Inequality: what does a composite index of wellbeing reveal?Forthcoming in Review of Income and Wealth. (A ranked).
  4. ROSSOUW, S. (2017). Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions: Integrating relative location. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 20(1): 1-15.
  5. Greyling, T. & ROSSOUW, S. (2017). Non-economic quality of life and population density in South Africa. Social Indicators Research, 134: 1051-1075.
  6. Lewer, J., Pacheo, G. & ROSSOUW, S. (2013). Do non-economic quality of life factors drive migration? Social Indicators Research, 110(1): 1-15.
  7. Dye, J., ROSSOUW, S. & Pacheco, G. (2012). Well-being of women in New Zealand: The changing landscape. New Zealand Economic Papers, 46(3): 273-302.
  8. ROSSOUW, S. & Pacheco, G. (2012). Measuring non-economic quality of life on a sub-national level: A case study of New Zealand. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13(3): 439-454.
  9. ROSSOUW, S. & Webber, D. J. (2011). Millennium development goals: A concern over sub-national variations. International Business and Economic Research Journal, 10(3): 127-136.
  10. Naudé, W. A. & ROSSOUW, S. (2010). International New Ventures in China: Extents and Determinants. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 8(1): 87-111.
  11. Naudé, W. A., Krugell, W. F. & ROSSOUW, S. (2009). The Non-monetary Quality of City Life in South Africa. Habitat International, 33(4): 319-327.
  12. Naudé, W. A., McGillivray, M. & ROSSOUW, S. (2009). Measuring the Vulnerability of Sub-National Regions in South Africa. Oxford Development Studies, 37(3).
  13. ROSSOUW, S. & Naudé, W. A. (2008). The Non-Economic Quality of Life on a Sub-national Level in South Africa. Social Indicators Research, 86:433-452.


  • 2015    Best Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law – AuSM Award (AUT Student Movement) 
  • 2015    AUT Best Lecturer of the Year – AuSM (AUT Student Movement)  
  • 2013    AUT’s first Leadership Programme for Women – Nomination to attend  
  • 2011    Award for Best Research Team – AUT’s Business Faculty Award for ‘outstanding research performance’
  • 2010    Award for Teaching Excellence – AUT’s Business Faculty Award for ‘outstanding teaching performance’