9th in South Africa
8th in South Africa
8th in South Africa
10th in South Africa
Journal Editors at Rhodes University
Reviewers from Rhodes University
Researcher active in the porphyrin and phthalocyanine field with a strong focus on the use of MCD spectroscopy and TD-DFT calculations to analyze the electronic structures and optical properties of novel porphyrinoids. Current interests focus on the rational design of phthalocyanines and BODIPY dyes for use in nanotechnology applications.
My experience as an academic is inclusive of teaching within higher education studies (HES) and fine art studio practice. The trans-disciplinary field of HES draws from critical culture studies and social science; in my own work, I have brought to bear my background from fine art, including notions of a post-modernism of resistance (including post-colonialism) and aesthetic and literary theory, with its concerns for representation, interpretation, discourse and ethics.
I am an academic writing specialist and an honorary research associate at Rhodes University. I research academic writing, especially at postgraduate and early career level, as well as pedagogies around writing and learning in the disciplines. I am also a managing editor of two scholarly journals.
My research to date has focused on rural livelihoods within Southern Africa (South Africa and Zambia specifically), taking into consideration the activities in which rural households engage in order to secure and maintain a sustainable livelihood. My particular focus has been on the role of natural resources and capital, including agroforestry (Honours) and non-timber forest products (Masters), in rural livelihoods. With the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) I conducted and participated in research on collective action for improved market access for select non-timber forest products in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Zambia. In addition to this I have conducted research on the mainstreaming of forestry in national development plans (including Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers) in Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania and on the impact of foreign investments (and associated land transfers) on forests and forest-based livelihoods in Zambia. Gender has always been a core aspect of my research. I am currently pursuing a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand and with interests in the climate change adaptation strategies of rural livelihoods.