Mr Matthew Weaver
Degree: PhD (Water Resource Science)
Working title of thesis: The role of Civil Society Organisations in realising developmental IWRM: Community capacity building, Catchment Management Forums and Catchment Management Strategy development
Supervisor/s: Prof. Tally Palmer and Prof. Jay O’Keeffe
Year of registration: 2016
Matthew is a PhD candidate studying water resource science at Rhodes University. His academic career started with an honours degree in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University where his interest in linked human-environmental systems took root. After an environmental fix of safari guiding and traveling he furthered his studies at Rhodes University to address problems centred on social-ecological issues. He relishes the challenge of working on these problems as they are typically complex, uncertain, involve multiple stakeholders with outcomes that are mostly transformative – engender positive societal and environmental change. Complex water problems are his current focus, as demonstrated in his MSc thesis, which explored the role of civil society organisations in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) at a local government scale. This research has the potential to make a meaningful, applied contribution to IWRM in South Africa and forms the basis for the expanded and deepened doctoral research.