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Senior Researcher, Stellenbosch University

Field of research

Complexity and Systems Thinking;
Social-Ecoloical Systems;
Environmental Humanities;
Transdisciplinary research

Rika holds Masters degrees in Journalism (2004) and Social Anthropology (2008). In 2012 she completed her PhD in the Department of Philosophy entitled “The Problem of Complexity: Rediscovering the role of Critique” at Stellenbosch University. Her research focuses on the philosophical understanding of complex systems and how such a conceptual engagement with complexity unlocks new ways of approaching and studying real-world problems. Rika teaches complex systems thinking to students from the fields of medicine, business management, sustainability studies and agricultural sciences. She hopes that a reflective engagement with complexity will challenge us to recognize the normative call to re-imagine what it might mean to be human in the Anthropocene.


  • –present
    Senior Researcher, Stellenbosch University

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Senior Researcher
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation