NRF Grant-holder Masters bursary to work in the Tsitsa River catchment

I am looking for an MSc student who in interested in the interface between natural resource science and social science in land and water resource management. The bursary is for R90 000 per year for two years, starting as soon as possible. You will be working in a vibrant Water Governance Development research team that is part of the large DEA-NRM-funded Tsitsa Project ( The Governance Development research aims to support the emergence of participatory land and water governance in the Tsitsa River catchment. Your project would address the research question: How does an experience of research participation lead to [...]

Post-doc position available with the SARChI Chair research group on “Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods”

The SARChI Chair in Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods in the department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University focuses on generating interdisciplinary understandings of natural biological resources and their roles in rural and urban livelihoods for poverty alleviation and human wellbeing. This includes the ecological, economic and social dimensions of land and biological resource use in both rural and urban systems. The activities of the Chair are currently led by Professor Charlie Shackleton. The Dept of Environmental Science is one of the smallest at Rhodes University, but is one of the most research intensive, with high [...]

Conservation South Africa: Health and Conservation Coordinator

Conservation South Africa vacancy in Matatiele, Eastern Cape Conservation South Africa, as a local affiliate of Conservation International, is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development—one that considers and values nature at every turn and improves human well-being through the conservation of healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide.  Conservation South Africa seeks to influence policy, develop markets, engage the private sector, and support communities to develop and implement conservation- based economic growth models and long-term human well-being. This position will work closely with the Municipal Support Coordinator in the delivery of CSA’s municipal [...]

2019-06-18T08:44:30+02:00June 18th, 2019|Eastern Cape & Drakensberg, Related News & Events|

Seeds of Good Anthropocenes: A southern African perspective

We are bombarded with negative visions of the future, which may inhibit our ability to move towards a positive future for the Earth and humanity. In this project we aim to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative, plausible visions of “Good Anthropocenes” – positive visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable, specifically from a southern African perspective.

2019-04-02T14:50:47+02:00August 11th, 2015|Associated Projects, Multiple Areas|

Improving the governance and economics of protected areas

A key concern facing large protected areas and buffer zones in southern Africa is that they are locked in a vicious cycle of rural poverty and environmental degradation. Weak knowledge about the practicalities of micro-governance, devolution and economic policy, weak stakeholder learning systems and a major shortage of professionals with economic, governance and stakeholder skills are central to these challenges.

2019-04-02T15:15:18+02:00April 17th, 2014|Associated Projects, Cape Town Metropolitan Area|

Ecosystem Services in the Anthropocene: Anticipating and managing regime shifts

This project focuses on the risk of transgressing critical thresholds or tipping points in social‐ecological systems that could trigger catastrophic regime shifts– large, abrupt and potentially irreversible changes – with respect to critical ecosystem services such as crop production, fisheries, and climate regulation. Such shifts can have major implications for human economies, health and well‐being, especially for poorer, marginalized groups in society.

2019-04-02T15:14:28+02:00October 15th, 2013|Associated Projects, Multiple Areas|

Water Resources Management in South Africa: Towards a New Paradigm

The “New Paradigm” project is a collaborative research programme of the above organisations which recognises and takes account of the inherent complexity of water related systems. This work is underpinned by the key concepts of complex socio-ecological systems (SES), trans-disciplinarity, resilience and strategic adaptive management. The project will be organised through research teams, case studies, specific eutrophication, microbial pollution, and resource protection focus areas, an integrated community-based response process, and a process of testing principles derived from project case studies in additional regions.

2019-04-02T14:34:10+02:00September 18th, 2013|Associated Projects, Multiple Areas|

Jonga phambili Sinethemba (moving forward with hope) – Vulnerability, coping and adaptation within the context of climate change and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Investigating strategies to strengthen livelihoods and food security and build resilience

The project supported 12 related studies (mainly postgraduate research projects) that have helped to build a very intricate and detailed picture of livelihoods, vulnerability and change in the communal areas of the Eastern Cape in two different contexts. The research has been undertaken in two sites in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa; Lesseyton outside of Queenstown and Gatyana near Willowvale. The peri-urban nature of Lesseyton and the more isolated rural setting of Gatyana have resulted in some interesting and important contrasts in the findings.

2019-04-02T14:48:09+02:00September 17th, 2013|Eastern Cape & Drakensberg|

Building resilient landscapes by linking social networks/capital to ecological infrastructure

This collaborative research project commenced in April 2013 and is funded by the Water Research Commission. The project aims to influence the way natural resource managers and policy makers think about, value and make decisions about ecological infrastructure. The case study area is the Touws River Catchment in the Garden Route and participatory action research will be used to promote meaningful change.

2019-04-02T14:47:32+02:00September 17th, 2013|Associated Projects, Garden Route|

Resilience in the Olifants Basin (RESILIM-O)

RESILIM (Resilience in the Limpopo Basin) is a five year USAID-funded program running until the end of 2017, aiming to enhance resilience in catchment communities to climate and environmental change and to improve biodiversity outcomes, with a special emphasis on building capacity. An important focus within RESILIM is trans-boundary governance, in the broadest sense of the word ‘boundary’.

2019-04-02T14:53:45+02:00September 17th, 2013|Associated Projects, Limpopo & Lowveld|
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