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My major research has been on large mammal conservation and conservation and environmental decision-making. Invertebrates are under-researched, and I have sustained work on invertebrate conservation and biogeography. My experience in Health Science Leadership has provided opportunities for transdisciplinary research spanning Agriculture, Environment, Poverty and Health. I am particularly interested in the environmental determinants of human wellbeing, and enhancing these. I focus on a relevant transdisciplinary research programme, which will have strong impact on society. I work closely with practitioners to develop the research agenda, and include them in the process to ensure take-up of the research outcomes into evidence-based best practice. I have co-led the development of the Durban Research Action Programme, which includes a range of UKZN researchers and Ethekwini staff in a programme that focuses on enhancing sustainability in the city.


  • –present
    pro-vice chancellor of African Cities of the Future, University of KwaZulu-Natal