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AFRICITY Project gets underway

The multi-country AFRICITY project got under way in the first half of 2017. AFRICITY is a three-year collaborative research and training project with sites in Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania. It seeks to examine the causes and effects of environmental change and resource use in Sub-Saharan African cities. The project will consider the rapid social and economic transformation processes and their external and internal drivers, and assesses the barriers for potentials of social adaptability in the context of inequity, risk, resourcefulness and rights to the city, all with an emphasis on their role, potential and governance of urban green infrastructure.

2016 Distinguished Teaching Award for Dr Thondhlana

The Rhodes University Distinguished Teaching Award is presented annually to a new staff member with ten or fewer years’ experience of teaching in higher education who is able to demonstrate exceptional contribution to teaching in his/her discipline.

2017 Graduation

This year saw a record number of senior graduations for our department. There were five PhD students, nine Masters students and a total of twelve honours graduations.

New postdoc: Dr Penny Mograbi

Penny joined the Department as a post-doctoral Research Fellow under Prof. Charlie Shackleton’s SARChI Chair in January 2017. Her research interests lie in human-environment interactions and she has a penchant for exploring these themes through spatial ecological methods.

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Call for post-doc applications

The position is for one year initially, potentially renewable up to a maximum of three years based on satisfactory performance. The fellowship is worth R200,000 (tax free) per annum. This is a full-time-time position and candidates would be required to be based in Grahamstown, unless on project based, work-related field trips. The starting date would be early 2018. Mentorship will be offered by Prof Charlie Shackleton (Rhodes) and Prof Marty Luckert at the University of Alberta.

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