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Charlie Shackleton

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Phone: +27-046-603-7001
Fax: +27-046-603-7574

  • Biography

    Charlie Shackleton currently occupies a fulltime research chair in Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods with the department. This is a nationally funded Chair whose objective is to develop interdisciplinary understandings of and methods to reveal the role, value and importance of natural resources in rural and urban livelihoods for poverty alleviation (see Research Projects page for more details).

    Charlie's research interests centre of the links between landscapes, biological resources and peoples’ uses thereof. Trained as a plant ecologist he soon broadened his perspective (prompted by his spouse, Sheona) to include social and resource valuation perspectives on how biological resources are used or abused, and how in turn resource supply enhances or constrains local livelihoods options and peoples’ wellbeing. Charlie has extensive field research experience in interdisciplinary projects in rural areas of South Africa, and over the past few years has begun to apply these models and lessons to urban systems as well, which is underpinning his growing interest in urban forestry. He continues work on the ecology of individual plant species, typically those used by local people, including fuelwood, wild fruits, weaving fibres and vegetable species, and includes both indigenous and alien species. Charlie has supervised or co-supervised 8 PhD and 34 Masters students. He has over 160 peer-reviewed journal papers to his name, six books and 31 book chapters.

  • Recent Publications 

    Gasparatos, A., Rome-Dalmau, C., von Maltitz, G., Johnson, F.X., Shackleton, C., Jarzebski, M., Jumbe, C., Ochieng, C., Mudombi, S., Nyambane, A. & Willis, K. 2018. Mechanisms and indicators for assessing the impact of biofuel feedstock production on ecosystem services. Biomass & Bioenergy, 114: 157-173.

    Haynes, D., Cocks, M. & Shackleton, C.M.  2018. Biocultural features of urban gardens and yards enhance place-making and belonging in South African townships. Langscape, 7(10): 10-14.

    Hebinck, H., Mtati, N. & Shackleton, C.M. 2018. More than just fields: reframing deagrarianisation in landscapes and livelihoods. Journal of Rural Studies, 61: 323-334. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.01.004

    Sinasson Sanni, G.K., Shackleton, C. M. & Sinsin, B. 2018. Reproductive phenology of two Mimusops species in relation to climate, tree diameter and canopy position in Benin (West Africa). African Journal of Ecology, 56: 323-333.

    Chakona, G. & Shackleton, C.M. 2018. Household food insecurity along an agro-ecological gradient influences children’s nutritional status in South Africa. Frontiers in Nutrition, 4(72): 1-13.

    Mugido, W. & Shackleton, C.M. 2018. Price determination of non-timber forest products in different areas in South Africa. Ecological Economics, 146: 597-606. 

    Guild, J. & Shackleton, C.M. 2018. Informal urban fuelwood markets in South Africa in the context of socio-economic change. Energy Policy, 117: 136-141.

    Shackleton, C.M. 2018. Informal urban fuelwood markets persist despite large-scale socioeconomic development. Science Trends, 25 April 2018, online: https://sciencetrends.com/informal-urban-firewood-markets-persist-despite-large-scale-socioeconomic-development/

    Weyer, D., Shackleton, C.M. & Adam, Y.O. 2018. HIV/AIDS and other household shocks as catalysts of local commercialisation of non-timber forest products in southern Africa. Development Policy Review, 36:O285–O301.

    Martins, A.O. & Shackleton, C.M. 2018. The production and commercialisation of palm wine from Hyphaene coriacae and Phoenix reclinata in Zitundo area, southern Mozambique. South African Journal of Botany, 116: 6-15.

    Shackleton, C.M., Hurley, P.T., Dahlberg, A., Emery, M.R. & Nagendra, H. 2017. Urban foraging: a ubiquitous human practice but overlooked by urban planners, policy and research. Sustainability, 9:1884 online, DOI: 10.3390/su9101884.

    Shackleton, C.M., Guild, J., Bromham, B., Impey, S., Jarrett, M., Ngubane, M. & Steijl, K. 2017. How compatible are urban livestock and urban green spaces and trees? An assessment in a medium-sized South African town. International Journal of Sustainable Urban Development, 9: 243-252. DOI: 10.1080/19463138.2017.1314968

    Sinasson, G.K.S., Shackleton, C.M., Glèlè Kakaï, R.L. & Sinsin, B. 2017. Forest degradation and invasive species synergistically impact Mimusops andongensis (Sapotaceae) in Lama Forest Reserve, Benin. Biotropica, 49: 160-169.

    Mangwale, K., Shackleton, C.M. & Sigwela, A. 2017. Changes in forest cover and carbon stocks of coastal scarp forests on the Wild Coast, South Africa. Southern Forests, 79: 305-315. DOI: 10.2989/20702620.2016.1255480.

    Gosling, A., Shackleton, C.M. & Gambiza, J. 2017. Community-based natural resource use and management of Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Uganda, for livelihood benefits. Wetlands Ecol. Manage., 25: 717-730

    Mugido, W. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. The satefy net function of NTFPs in different agro-ecological zones of South Africa. Popul Environ, 39:107-125.

    Mugido, W. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. The contribution of NTFPs trade to rural livelihoods in different agro-ecological zones of South Africa. International Forestry Review, 19: 306-320. Doi:10.1505/146554817821865063

    De Lacy, P. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. Aesthetic and spritual ecosystem services provided by urban sacred sites.  Sustainability, 9, 1628, online, doi: 10.3390/su90911628.

    De Lacy, P. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. Woody plant species richness, composition and structure in urban sacred sites, Grahamstown, South Africa. Urban Ecosyst, 20: 1169-1179.

    Gwedla, N. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. Population size and development history determine street tree distribution and composition within and between Eastern Cape towns, South Africa. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 25: 11-18

    Chakona, G. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. Minimum dietary diversity scores for women indicate micronutrient adequacy and food insecurity status in South African town. Nutrients, 9, 812.

    Ruwanza, S. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. Ecosystem scale impacts of non-timber forest product harvesting: effects on soil nutrients. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54: 1515-1525. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12891

    Tata Ngome, P.I., Shackleton, C.M., Degrande, A. & Teiguhong, J. 2017. Addressing constraints in promoting wild edible plants' utilization in household nutrition: a case of the Congo Basin forest area. Agriculture & Food Security 6:20 online 10.1186/s40066-017-0097-5

    Sinasson, G.K.S., Shackleton, C.M., Assogbadjo, A.E. & Sinsin, B. 2017. Local knowledge on the uses, habitat and abundance of multipurpose Mimusops species in Benin.  Economic Botany, 71: 105-122.

    Martins, A.R.O. & Shackleton, C.M. 2017. Abundance, population structure and harvesting selection of two palm species (Hyphaene coriacea and Phoenix reclinata) in Zitundo area, southern Mozambique. Forest Ecology and Management, 398: 64-74.

    Sinasson, G.K.S., Shackleton, C.M., Glèlè Kakaï, R.L. & Sinsin, B. 2017. Forest degradation and invasive species synergistically impact Mimusops andongensis (Sapotaceae) in Lama Forest Reserve, Benin. Biotropica, 49: 160-169.  



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