CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (Completed projects are available on the Research Outputs Page)

Cherryl Walker

Critical cosmopolitanism as a conceptual framework for rethinking relationships to land and identity in the Karoo

Land and agrarian change in the Northern Cape

Karoo futures? Trajectories of change

Global science, astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array (with Davide Chinigò and other research associates)


Davide Chinigò

Frontiers of anticipation: Envisioning the future through large development initiatives in the Karoo

Reflecting on the past, imagining the future: Exploratory research on perceptions of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project among different stakeholder groups  (with Cherryl Walker)

Land and agrarian transformation in Carnarvon, Northern Cape

Global science, astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array (with Cherryl Walker and other research associates)


PhD dissertations

Tumi Malope

Sustainable Economic Development through Wind Energy Farms: The Case of Loeriesfontein, Northern Cape


Charmaine R.S Manyani 

From livestock to game farming: An exploration of farmers’ understandings of land use changes, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation in the Ubuntu Local Municipality, Northern Cape Province (with funding from a SU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate School Scholarship)


Monene Mogashoa 

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)


Renelle Terblanche

Ongediertes: A critical qualitative study of the political ecology of black-backed jackal and its management around the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) core site








MA theses

Stephanie Borchardt

What’s Watt in De Aar? An exploration of local energy needs and challenges in a renewable-energy hub in the Karoo region of South Africa.


Melissa Coetzee

The role of employment and state support in livelihoods in Sutherland.


Shu-aat Davids

A Case of Restitution: Land Reform in Progress within Loeriesfontein, Northern Cape.


Caroline Poole
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


Niell Schoeman
Water and its networks: Water management and the meanings of water in a semi-arid Karoo town (Prince Albert).


Marike Van Der Merwe
Commercial Karoo farmers and the Square Kiometre Array (SKA) telescope: An exploration of the effect of the SKA telescope on Karoo farmers’ perceptions of identity and land in the Kareeberg Municipality, Northern Cape Province.


Zuki Zantsi
Women scientists, gender and astronomy in South Africa, with a focus on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and South African Large Telescope (SALT).


Honours research projects

Joshua Musson

Generating meaning in the age of ‘Big Data’: exploring ‘Big Data’s’ increasing impact on Astronomy, at Sutherland’s Astrological Observatory (SALT).


Adara Nicholls
Representations of Nature around the Karoo National Park.


Hermrique Steenkamp
Occupational health and mining in Aggeneys.