CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (Completed projects are available on the Research Outputs Page)
‘Contemporary Karoo: Interdisciplinary perspectives’, an edited book of articles on the theme of changing social-ecological environments in the Karoo, with Timm Hoffman (UCT)
‘Constitutional Amendment, Land Reform and the Future of Redistributive Justice in South Africa’, an international conference organised with Olaf Zenker (Martin Luther University) (scheduled for February 2021, STIAS)
Land reform and agrarian change in the Northern Cape
Small-town Karoo: Case studies of social and economic change in Loeriesfontein, Sutherland and Vanwyksvlei, with Jan Vorster (Stellenbosch University)
Astronomy and environmental justice in the Karoo.
Global science, astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array (with Cherryl Walker and other research associates).
Surplus populations in the Northern Cape Karoo
Asbestos mining in Prieska and its aftermath.
Mining, contested land uses, environmental justice and sustainable development in Beaufort West in the Karoo.
Power to the People? A case study of local energy challenges in a national renewable energy hub in De Aar, Northern Cape Province.
The Contribution of Renewable Energy to ‘Decent Work’ and Local Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Two Wind Farms in Loeriesfontein, Northern Cape, South Africa
Understandings of land and its ‘multiple meanings’ in South Africa’s land restitution programme: A case study of the Sydney-on-Vaal land claim in Northern Cape Province (with funding from the Academic Qualification Improvement Programme (AQIP) of UNISA and DHET)
An exploration of the responsiveness of the Human Capital Development Programme of the Square Kilometer Array to the development needs and aspirations of the residents of Amandelboom in Williston, Northern Cape.
The livelihood strategies of young adult women in Sutherland
A Social History of Hoodia Gordonii in and around the Tankwa Karoo National Park.
Farm workers in the Central Karoo: Meaning(s) of land and expectations of land and agrarian reform
An exploratory study of socio-economic conditions and social resilience in the community of Vanwyksvlei in the Northern Cape, in the light of the town’s proximity to the Square Kilometre Array Project.
Women scientists, gender and astronomy in South Africa, with a focus on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and South African Large Telescope (SALT).