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Thokozani Simelane

Professor of Practice, Human Sciences Research Council

Professor of practice, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Johannesburg.

Principal investigator, National Food and Nutrition Security Survey, Human Sciences Research Council.

Established the science and technology programme from scratch at the Africa Institute of South Africa.

Departmental manager, environmental systems certification at the South African Bureau of Standards.

Member of the standing advisory committee on intellectual property rights of South Africa (2002-2017).

Member of the research and publications committee of AISA (2009-2014). A

Member of research ethics committee of Human Sciences Research Council (2014-2017).

Council member of the South African chapter of System Dynamics Society (2012-2018).

Have published in a number of international scientific journals and edited (some co-edited) 19 books (books and monographs). Have so far produced a total of 84 publications.


  • 2023–2024
    Professor, University of Johannesburg
  • 2014–2024
    Dr, Human Sciences Research Council
  • 2008–2014
    Dr, Africa Insitute of South Africa
  • 2004–2005
    Dr, Council For Scientific and Industrial Research
  • 2002–2003
    Dr, South African Bureau of Standards


  • 2016 
    Durban University of Technology, Doctor of Engineering
  • 2005 
    Nelson Mandela University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1996 
    University of Port Elizabeth, Master of Science
  • 1993 
    University of Fort Hare, Bachelor of Science (Hons)
  • 1992 
    University of Fort Hare, Bachelor of Science


  • 2023
    Food and Nutrition Security: South Africa, AISA Publication
  • 2022
    Containing the spread of COVID 19 through food saftey and quality standards, Africa Insight
  • 2022
    Students experiences of Emergency Remote Learning:Iimplications for migration to 4IR by institutions of Higher Learning in South Africa, Council On Higher Education
  • 2022
    System Dynamics Model linking demand and employment movement between sectors and economy for South African construction sector, Theroretical and Emperical Research in urban Management
  • 2020
    Status of water security in inland South African Cities, Journal of Digital Food, Energy and Water Systems
  • 2020
    Poverty alleviation pathways for achieving sustainable development goals in Africa, AISA Publication
  • 2019
    Mathematical Model Showing how socio-economic dynamics in African Cities could widen or reduce inequality, African Journal of Science, Technology and Innovation Development
  • 2018
    System Dynamics Model for Africa's Developmental Planning, AISA Publication
  • 2018
    Belt and Road Initiative-Alternative Development Path for Africa, AISA Publication
  • 2016
    Natural and Human Induced Hazards and Disasters, AISA Publication
  • 2015
    Future Directions of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Africa, AISA Publication
  • 2013
    Innovation landscape of South Africa under new Intellectual Property Management Policy, SA Innovation Summit Journal
  • 2012
    To What Extent are cities affected by rural-urban relationships in Africa, Natural Resources Journal
  • 2011
    Energy Transition in Africa, AISA Publication
  • 2011
    Are traditionally used natural resources a function of biodiversity of conservation areas?, Natural Resources Journal
  • 2009
    African traditional knowledge systems and biodiversity management, Africa Insight
  • 2009
    Impacts of traditional land-uses on biodiversity outside conservation areas-effects on dung beetle communities, African Journal of Ecologygy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2024
    Science Diplomacy
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Leading House Africa (Switzerland)
  • 2020
    National Food and Nutrition Security
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
  • 2016
    Knowledge Exchange
    Funding Source:
  • 2014
    Conference Fund
    Lead Organiser
    Funding Source: