Fay is a senior lecturer and the Head of Development Studies at Monash South Africa. He has 14 years of experience as a lecturer. He is a Fulbright scholar. He has taught in several countries including South Africa, the US and Zimbabwe, and he joined Monash South Africa in February 2013.
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.