Fay is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at IIE MSA, and a Fulbright scholar. He holds a PhD in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). He has 18 years of experience as a lecturer, interdisciplinary researcher, social change leader and academic manager. He has taught in several countries, including South Africa, the United States of America and Zimbabwe, and he joined Monash South Africa (now IIE MSA) in February 2013. He teaches Development Studies modules: Introduction to Development Studies, Development and the Developing World and Sociology of Development.
His research mainly focuses on examining the negative use of illicit and licit drugs in urban communities from a social development perspective. He interrogates how contexts of poverty, marginalisation, and globalisation play out to influence the use of and dealing in drugs and the nature of drug policy and programme interventions in South Africa. He also explores what it takes for communities and individuals to effectively and appropriately address the problem of the negative use of licit and illicit drugs in South Africa.