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Dr Georgina Cundill


Senior Program Officer
Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA)
International Development Research Center, Canada
Email: gkemp@idrc.ca


Georgina is interested in linked social-ecological systems, and much of her research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management. Georgina believes that successful ecosystem management is as much about understanding people and their behaviour, as it is about understanding ecosystems. She has worked on various aspects of co-management of common pool resources in the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Northern Cape Provinces of South Africa. She has also worked on governance questions related to small-scale fisheries in Chile, and on participatory research methodologies in Peru.

Georgina has a keen interest in collaborative governance and research processes. Georgina is the co-leader of the Collaborative Governance and Management working group of the Program for Ecosystem Change and Society (www.pecs-science.org), is also a co-lead of the transdisciplinarity working group of the Southern African Program for Ecosystem Change and Society (www.sapecs.org). Georgina sits on the science committee of ecoSERVICES, a research project of Future Earth/DIVERSITAS investigating the links between ecosystem services, biodiversity and human well-being (http://www.diversitas-international.org/activities/research/ecoservices).

In recent years she has spent time trying to unpack and deepen our understanding of the potential contribution of social learning theory and practice to the fields of ecosystem management and climate change adaptation at community level. Georgina's main research focus at present is on questions related to land rights, social justice and protected areas. Together with colleagues in the department and her students, Georgina is assessing the experiences of co-management processes in the context of land claims across South Africa, from the perspective of both state agencies and communities.

  • Recent Publications

    Roux, D., Nel, J., Cundill, G., Farrell, P., Fabricius, C. 2017. Transdisciplinary research for systemic change: who to learn with, what to learn about and how to learn. Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-017-0446-0

    Cochrane, L., Cundill, G., Ludi, E., New, M., Nicholls, R.J., Wester, P., Cantin, B., Murali, K.S., Leone, M., Kituyi, E. and Landry, M.E., 2017. A reflection on collaborative adaptation research in Africa and Asia. Regional Environmental Change, pp.1-9.

    Cundill, G., Bezerra, J., de Vos, A. and Ntingana, N. 2017. Beyond benefit sharing: Place attachment and the importance of access to protected areas for surrounding communities. Ecosystem Services. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.03.011

    Thondhlana, G. and Cundill, G. 2017. Local people and conservation officials’ perceptions on relationships and conflicts in South African protected areas. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2017.1315742

    Aburto, J., Gaymer, C. and Cundill, G. 2017. Towards local governance of marine resources and ecosystems on Easter Island. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27: 353-371.

    Wright, O., Cundill, G. & Biggs, D. 2016. Stakeholder perceptions of legal trade in rhinoceros horn and implications for private reserve management in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Oryx.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605316000764

    Sitas, N., Reyers, B., Cundill, G., Prozesky, H., Nel, J. and Esler, K. 2016. Fostering collaboration for knowledge and action in disaster management in South Africa. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

    Cundill, G., D. J. Roux and J. N. Parker. 2015. Nurturing communities of practice for transdisciplinary research. Ecology and Society, 20(2): 22. 

    Bennett, E., Cramer, W., Begossi, A., Cundill, G. et al. 2015. Linking biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being: three challenges for designing research for sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14: 76-85.

    Aburto, J., Cundill, G. & Stotz, W. 2015. The sustainability of small-scale fishery harvests in the context of highly variable resources. In: Shackleton, C.M., Pandey, A. & Ticktin, T. (eds). The ecological sustainability for non-timber forest products: dynamics and case studies of harvesting. Earthscan, London. pp. 116-125.

    Shackleton, S., Cobban, L. & Cundill, G. 2014. A gendered perspective of vulnerability to multiple stressors, including climate change in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity, 28(3): 73-89.

    Trefry, A., Parkins, J. and Cundill, G. 2014. Culture and food security: a case study of homestead food production in South Africa. Food Security, 6: 555-565.

    Cundill, G., Lotz-Sisitka., H., Mukute, M., Belay, B., Shackleton, S., Kulundu, I. 2014. A reflection on the use of case studies as a methodology for social learning research in sub Saharan Africa. NJAS. 69: 39-47.

    Spires, M., Shackleton, S. and Cundill, G. 2014. Barriers to implementing planned community-based adaptation in developing countries: a systematic literature review. Climate and Development. 6(3): 277-287

    Fabricius, C. and Cundill, G. 2014. Learning in adaptive management: Insights from published practice. Ecology and Society 19(1): 29. [online] URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06263-190129

    Aburto, J. A., W. B. Stotz and Cundill, G. 2014. Social-Ecological Collapse:?TURF Governance in the Context of Highly Variable Resources in Chile. Ecology?and Society 19 (1): 2. [online] URL:?http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss1/art2/

    Cundill, G., Shackleton, S., Sisitka, L., Ntshudu, M., Lotz-Sisitka, H., Kulundu, I., Hamer, N. 2014. Social learning for adaptation: A descriptive handbook for practitioners and action researchers. IDRC/Rhodes University/Ruliv.         




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