Wilma van Staden

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Dr. Wilma van Staden. Post Doc Fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre, at Rhodes University in South Africa and part of the Amanzi For Food team.

Wilma is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. She has a PhD in Environmental Education and a MSc in Environmental Management focused on limnology and aquatic ecology. Wilma’s main research focus in the integration of Climate-Smart Agriculture into the agricultural learning system. She’s developed the Climate-Smart Innovation Tool for supporting transformative learning in the agricultural colleges in times of climate change. driving factor for the development of the tool was the need to establish the level of Climate-Smart Agriculture policy and approach integration into the agriculture curriculum throughout the agricultural system. The tool enables users to gain an insight into the ‘whole’ picture of Climate-Smart responsiveness within the agriculture curriculum and to support and track innovation towards a Climate-Smart responsive curricula and policies. She is also focused on reflexive learning and change processes needed for introducing climate responsive knowledge in the agricultural learning system though her work with the Amanzi For Food team. The Climate-Smart Innovation Tool is available on the Amanzi For Food website.


Van Staden, W., Lotz-Sisitka, H. & O`Donoghue, R. 2018. Climate-Smart Innovation Tool. A curriculum innovation support tool for the agricultural learning systems. Grahamstown, Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Center. ISBN: 978-0-86810-644-1

Van Staden, W. 2018. A review of Climate-Smart system innovations in two Agricultural Colleges in the North West Province in South Africa. Doctoral thesis for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Department of Education, Rhodes University supervised by Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Prof. Rob O’Donoghue. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10962/63426

Lotz-Sisitka, H, Pensanayi, T, Weaver, K; Lupele, C; Sisitka, L; O’Donoghue, R; Sithole, P., van Staden, W., Mabeza, C., Denison, J and Philips, K. 2016. Water use and food security: knowledge dissemination and use in agricultural colleges and local learning networks for homestead food gardening and smallholder farming. Volumen 1: Research and Development Report. WRC Report No. 2277/1/16. ISBN: 978-1-4312-0852-4.

Van Staden, W. 2012. A limno-ecological study of the freshwater algal genera of Marion Island sub-Antartica. Masters dissertation for the Degree of Masters in Science Department of Environmental Management, North West University supervised by Prof. Valdon Smith (Stellenbosch University)

Taylor J, Archibald C, Van Staden W & Van Rensburg L. 2010. A re-examination of the type material of Cymbella Kappii (Bacillariophyceae). Polish Botanical Journal 55 (1): 119-126.

W van Staden, S Jansen van Vuuren, VR Smith & JU Grobbelaar. 2010. The freshwater algae, excluding diatoms of Marion Island. 36th Annual Conference of the South African Association of botanist (SAAB). 11 January 2010.

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