School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Laurencia Govender


Laurencia Govender is a registered dietitian, who obtained her BSc Dietetics, PgDip Dietetics, MSc Dietetics (summa cum laude) and PhD Dietetics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She is a Nutrition Lecturer in the Dietetics and Human Nutrition department at UKZN. Prior to taking up employment at UKZN, she had been working for the Department of Health as a Clinical Dietitian at Edendale Hospital and was an accredited training dietitian for the fourth year UKZN dietetic students for six years. Her research focuses on food-based nutrition interventions to reduce both over- and undernutrition particularly in rural population groups of KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa (SA). She has a passion for both community and clinical nutrition. 

Research interests

  • Public health
  • Infant and young child nutrition,
  • Clinical nutrition,
  • Food security and the potential of provitamin A-biofortified and
  • Underutilised crops in alleviating malnutrition. 

Research profiles