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Professor Eureta Rosenberg

Prof Eureta Rosenberg Profile 2

Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education

Contact details:
Phone: +27(46) 603 7335
Email: e.rosenberg@ru.ac.za
Qualifications: B.Med.Sc (UFS); B.Med.Sc.Hons (UFS); M.Med.Sc (UFS); B.A.Hons (Rhodes); MEd Environmental Education (Rhodes); PhD Environmental Education (Rhodes University)

Short Biography

Prof Rosenberg is the Chair of Environment and Sustainability Education and Director of the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. Her qualifications include an M.Sc. in Medical Science (Hematology), an Honours in Psychology and a Masters in Education with a focus on Environmental Education. Her PhD, which she obtained in 1995 as Eureta Janse van Rensburg, focussed on transformative research methodology. Her other scholarly interests include evaluation that supports organisational learning; strategic planning; research ethics suitable for a diversity of research traditions; skills for sustainability and green work and learning. She has worked in these and other areas both as academic (1991-2000 and again from September 2016) and as independent consultant (2001-2016).

Prof Rosenberg collaborated with Wits University’s Centre for Research in Education and Labour (REAL) to coordinate a Green Skills Systems Building Programme in South Africa, focussed on the capacity of government, employers and education institutions to plan and provide for skills for an inclusive, greener economy and an environmentally sustainable, just society. This programme has resulted in a number of research reports and skills planning resources.

In 2018-2020 Eureta led a research programme in Monitoring and Evaluation in a SETA Environment, supported by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and the Department of Higher Education and Training. Her other evaluation projects include developing Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection and Learning frameworks for natural resource management and resilience building programmes, working with partners like the Association of Water and Rural Development (AWARD) in the Limpopo Province, and Tsitsa project implemented by Rhodes University and the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries in the Eastern Cape. Her most recent collaboration with organisations to think through evaluation systems that support learning and transformation, is with South African National Parks (SANParks), focussing on its strategic adaptive management trajectory and a review of park management plans.

Prof Rosenberg supervises M.Ed. and PhD students and Post-Doctoral Fellows in these and related research areas. She is a member of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa’s Council and the editor-in-chief of the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. At her academic home, Rhodes University, she serves as the Deputy Dean of the Education Faculty, Chair of the Education Faculty Research Ethics Committee, Chair of the Rhodes University Ethical Standards Committee, and member of the Institutional Planning Committee.

Her publications list can be accessed at https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7421-7120.

Teaching Experience

Prof Rosenberg has co-developed and co-presented the Masters in Education (Environmental Education), a pioneering course introduced in 1990 at Rhodes University, as well as a series of national and international short courses in environment and sustainability education. She played a leading role with colleagues in developing an innovative case study based research methodology programme in the Rhodes University Education Department. Currently she is working with post-graduate students, staff and post-doctoral fellows from Environmental Science and the Water Research Institute at Rhodes University to develop an introductory course titled “Facilitating Social Learning and Stakeholder Engagement in Natural Resource Management Contexts”

Research and Evaluation

1. GREEN SKILLS RESEARCH: Eureta worked with colleagues to pioneer and inform research on and for green skills in South Africa. This included research on green skills demand in industries such as agriculture, mining (coal), chemicals (paint) and in state procurement, as well as championing green economy initiatives in general (with UNITAR and the ILO). This research is being used to feed into the national skills planning system (the Department of Higher Education and Training and Sector Education and Training Authorities) but also to piloted methodology and develop tools for further green skills demand articulation studies and skills planning. She offered a green skills research and planning course in 2018 in partnership with Wits REAL. This work has resulted in several publications including a co-authored book published by Routledge, titled “Green Skills Research: Models, Cases and Methods”.

2. EVALULATION RESEARCH: Eureta has conducted evaluations for local NGOs, international donors, business, local and antional government. In addition to evaluation of environmental education projects and programmes, she works with organisations to develop practical evaluation tools and frameworks with a strong theoretical and conceptual basis, as well as associated capacity building programmes.Currently she is supporting resilience-building, climate change and natural resource management programmes to develop participatory monitoring, evaluation and reporting frameworks involving a number of NGOs, university partners, conservation agencies and government. Her evaluation projects tend to evolve into strategic planning and programme development processes, hence also creating a scholarly and practical interest in organisational learning, adaptive management and transformation. Her research into evaluation processes has been published (see e.g. African Evaluation Journal, SAMEA Special Issue 2020, forthcoming) and presented at international conferences and local think-tanks. 

3. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND ETHICS: A  theme across Eureta’s intellectual and practical project is interrogating and developing enquiry methodologies that are transformative, generative, and suitable for studying the complex, open systems that comprise (social) learning, teaching, education and capacity development. The ethical requirements for social science research in general is a recent scholarly focus, informed by the observation that ethical clearance procedures can easily become nothing but procedural, reducing the ethical agency of the researcher. Her work with the ethics structures at Rhodes University aims to keep alive real ethical considerations, while streamlining approval processes.


Eureta has successfully supervised three PhD and 28 M.Ed. studies in Environmental Education, and supports Post-Doctoral Fellows working in trans-disciplinary areas across Education and the Sciences. She is currently supervising four more PhD and seven M.Ed. students, including two studies in research ethics. Her current research supervision interests include: skills and competencies for sustainability, green economy skills planning and provisioning; curriculum development and higher education transformation; evaluation and organisational learning; research methodology, philosophy and research ethics; education and social change; community, organisational and social learning in natural resource management and climate change education context.

Current Students

Sean Nkosi (PhD)
Hanli Human (PhD)
Mmaphefo Thwala (PhD)
Ludwig Chanyua (PhD)
Vutshilo Mudau Mushwana (M.Ed)
Azwi Ramphinwa (M.Ed)
Mcebisi Mkaza (M.Ed)
Nosiseko Mtati (M.Ed)
Makume Tlaleane (M.Ed)
Lisolethu Dlova (M.ed)
Siyanda Manqele (M.Ed) 



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