In order to address the research questions I am interested in, I work in a broad variety of environments. Throughout my university education I focused on environment sciences and GIS, in particular working at the interface of sustainable livelihoods, impact assessments and natural resource management, ecosystem services and environmental economics, environment and development nexus, gender and the environment, socio-economics of biodiversity conservation and adaptation to climate change and natural hazards where I developed my continued passion for sustainable development. My work focuses on how individuals and households respond to changes in the physical environment, and how their responses are shaped by external policies, markets and other constraints. Most of my research combines qualitative and quantitative household-level social analysis of environmental decision-making and resource use, with most of my fieldwork focusing on South Africa and Zimbabwe. For my PhD, I worked on linking livelihood and landscape assets, responses and adaptive capacity to livelihood outcomes of agricultural communities in the Eastern Cape communities of South Africa in the face of climate change. I am now focusing my work on social justice, gender equality and development in access to International Distance Education (IDE) in Africa through the IDEAS project, in my capacity as a Research Fellow.
Postgraduate student supervision GRADUATED
Mulweli Makatu. 2019. Assessing the relative contribution of indigenous forest products to rural livelihoods: A case of Mavunde and Sambandou villages, Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (South Africa). BSc Hons Environmental Science with Pass. University of Venda, Thohoyandou. Supervisors: Ms Mwazvita TB Dalu, Dr Tatenda Dalu. (Graduating May 2019)
Onica Mukhuwana. Challenges affecting the management of Thulamela wetlands: participating policy makers’ goals vs local communities’ needs and interests. MSc Environmental Science. University of Venda, Thohoyandou. Supervisors: Dr Tatenda Dalu, Ms Mwazvita TB Dalu, Mrs Florence Murungweni. 2018–2019.
Hulisani Muhali. Is awareness on plastic pollution being raised in rural schools? A case of Thulamela Municipality district. BSc Hons Environmental Science. University of Venda, Thohoyandou. Supervisors: Ms Mwazvita TB Dalu, Dr Tatenda Dalu. [Submitting 20 February 2019]
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