I am currently an Associate Senior Lecturer in the Division of Human Ecology, Department of Human Geography and a Research affiliate at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden. I am also the Programme Director for the Culture, Power and Sustainability internaitonal Masters. I was born and raised in South Africa, a dynamic country, where I learnt important lessons of freedoms, people’s roles in nature and about inequality. I have 10 years research, activism, consulting and teaching experience across southern and eastern Africa, Asia, Europe and north America. I am most interested trying to understand the big picture of how people and planetary dynamics come together, the complexity of these interactions and implications for justice.
My work is framed within the broad field of critical political ecology and I seek to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to questions of development and sustainability. I am most interested in feminist and decolonial approaches to environment and development and finding alternatives to the current destructive development paradigms. I have recently focused my research on the politics of scale within development and environmental governance in the areas of the energy crisis, health and the environment and water.
My currently funded research is focused on social and environmental justice looking at just transitions and alternatives to development. I am currently involved in a four year project for the Swedish Energy Agency on Navigating Justice Claims in the Energy Transition and a Pufendorf Theme on the Future of Human Rights.
I approach research with a view to having a societal impact. I am a core group member of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives and the Post-Development Academic-Activist Group, PEDAGOG. I am a research fellow of the Earth System Governance project and a member of the conceptual taskforces on Planetary Justice and ESG Teaching. I was a fellow of the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformations and the chair of the South Africa-Sweden University Forum theme on social transformations.
Key areas of expertise
- Development and sustainability
- Politics of sustainability
- Environmental governance
- Environmental and social justice and human rights
- Energy transition
- Water politics and governance
- Research methods
- Environmental assessment and management
- Health and the environment
- Environmental policy
- Project management
My PhD research focused on the political economy of water and how cross-scalar interactions influence inequitable water allocations.
I teach, supervise and examine students at undergraduate, Masters and doctoral levels in courses covering environmental governance, development and sustainability, health, theory of science, and sustainability science. I also contribute to teaching and learning outside academia in the spirit of emancipatory pedagogy. I also have a particular interest in qualitative research methods education, research ethics and theory of science - particularly a feminist and decolonial approach to knowledge. I have been the Director of studies for the Lund University Masters in International Development and am currently the Programme Manager for the Culture, Power and Sustainability Masters programme in Human Ecology. I have supervised and examined over thirty Masters students in Human Ecology and Environmental Management and Sustainability Science. I am currently co-supervising two doctoral candidates in the Division of Human Ecology, Andreas Roos and Mariko Takedomi Karlsson and Corinna Burkhart in the Department of Human Geography.
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