Charlie Shackleton

Contact Details

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.

  • Journal publications 

    Chakona, G. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Food insecurity in South Africa: to what extent can social grants and consumption of wild foods eradicate hunger? World Development Perspectives,13:87-94.

    Chakona, G. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Food taboos and cultural beliefs influence food choice and dietary preferences among pregnant women in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Nutrients, 11, 2668. DOI: 10.3390/nu11112668.

    Cruz-Garcia, G., Vanagas Cubbilos, M., Torres-Vitolas, C., Harvey, C.A., Shackleton, C.M., Schreckenberg, K., Willcock, S., Carolina Navarrete-Frías, C. & Sachet, E. 2019. He says, she says: ecosystem services and gender among indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon. Ecosystem Services, 37: 100921. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100921.

    Falayi, M., Shackleton, S.E., Cundill, G. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Changes in the use and sale of local collected environmental resources over a 15-year period in a rural village, South Africa. Forests, Trees & Livelihoods, 28: 90-107. DOI: 10.1080/14728028.2019.1568309.

    Gouws, A. & Shackleton, C. 2019. A spatio-temporal, landscape perspective on Acacia dealbata invasions and broader land use and cover changes in the northern Eastern Cape, South Africa. Environ Monit Assess, 191: 1-20.

    Gwedla, N. & Shackleton, C. 2019. Perceptions and preferences for urban trees across multiple socio-economic contexts in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Landscape and Urban Planning, 189: 225-234.

    Ijang, T.N., Shackleton, C.M. & Degrande, A. 2019. Knowledge and knowledge sources on the importance of fruits for nutritional security are unaffected by deforestation status in Cameroon. Fruits, 74: 272-281. DOI: 0.17660/th2019/74.6.2.

    Mahonya, S., Shackleton, C.M. & Schreckenberg, K. 2019. Non-timber forest product use and market chains along a deforestation gradient in southwest Malawi. Frontiers in Forests & Global Change. 2: 71. DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00071.

    Martins, V. & Shackleton, C. 2019. Bushmeat use is widespread but under-researched in rural communities in South Africa. Global Ecology & Conservation, 17, e00583

    McLellan, V. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Assessing the relative representation of ecosystem services and disservices in South African English newspaper media over fifteen years. Ecosystems & People, 15: 247-256. DOI:  10.1080/26395916.2019.1667442

    Mugido, W. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. The contribution of NTFPs to rural livelihoods in different agro-ecological zones of South Africa. Forest Policy & Economics, 109: e101983. DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2019.101983.

    Ngorima, A. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Livelihood benefits and costs of an invasive alien tree (Acacia dealbata) to rural communities in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Environmental Management, 229: 158-165 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.077.

    Ngulani, T. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Use of public urban green spaces for spiritual services in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 38: 97-104.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2018.11.009.

    Ngulani, T. & Shackleton, C. 2019. The degree, extent and value of air temperature amelioration by urban green spaces in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. South African Geographical Journal, 10.1080/03736245.2019.1685405

    Njwaxu, A. & Shackkleton, C.M. 2019. The availability of non-timber forest products under forest succession on abandoned fields on the Wild Coast, South Africa. Forests, 10: 1093. DOI: 10.3390/f10121093.  

    Ricketts, K. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Livelihoods and forest conservation through beekeeping in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Development southern Africa. DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2019.1698408

    Sardeshpande, M. & Shackleton, C.M. 2019. Wild edible fruits: a systematic review of an under-researched multifunctional NTFP. Forests, 10, 467. DOI:10.3390/f10060467.

    Senkoro, A.M., Shackleton, C.M., Voeks, R.A. & Ribeiro, A.I. 2019. Use, knowledge and management of the threatened pepperbark tree (Warburgia salutaris) in southern Mozambique. Economic Botany, DOI: 10.1007/s12231-019-09468-x.

    Shackleton, C.M. & Mograbi, P.J. 2019. Meeting a diversity of needs through a diversity of species: urban residents’ favourite and disliked tree species across eleven towns in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2019.126507.

    Shackleton, C., Mograbi, P., Drimie, S., Fay, D., Hebinck, P., Hoffman, M., Maciejewski, K. & Twine, W. 2019. Deactivation of field cultivation in communal areas of South Africa: Patterns, drivers and socio-economic and ecological consequences. Land Use Policy, 82: 686-699.

    Shackleton, R.T., Shackleton, C.M. & Kull, C.A. 2019. The role of invasive alien species in shaping local livelihoods and human well-being: a review. Journal of Environmental Management, 229: 145-157DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.007.

    Shackleton, R.T., Richardson, D.M., Shackleton, C.M., Bennett, B., Crowley, S.L., Denhen-Schmutz, K., Estévez, R.A., Fischer, A., Kueffer, C., Kull, C.A., Marchante, E., Novoa, A., Potgieter, L.J., Vaas, J., Vaz, A.S. & Larson, B.M. 2019. Explaining people’s perceptions of invasive alien species: a conceptual framework. Journal of Environmental Management, 229:10-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.04.045

    Soumya, K.V., Shackleton, C.M. & Setty, S.R. 2019. Impacts of gum-resin harvest and Lantana camara invasion on the population structure and dynamics of Boswellia serrata in the Western Ghats, India. Forest Ecology & Management, 453: e117618. DOI: 10.106/j.foreco.2019.117618.

    Soumya, K.V., Shackleton, C.M. & Setty, S.R. 2019. Harvesting and local knowledge of a cultural NTFP: gum-resin from Boswellia serrata in three protected areas of the Western Ghats, India. Forests, 10: 907. doi:10.3390/f10100907.

    Tata Ngome, P.I., Shackleton C.M., Degrande, A., Nossi, E.J. & Ngome, F. 2019. Assessing household food insecurity experience in the context of deforestation in Cameroon. Food Policy, 84: 57-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2019.02.003.

    Towns, A. & Shackleton, C.M. 2018. Traditional, indigenous or leafy? A definition, typology, and way forward for African vegetables. Economic Botany, 72: 461-477. DOI: 10.1007/s12231-019-09448-1.

    Willcock, S., Hooftman, D.A., Balbi, S., Blanchard, R., Dawson, T., O’Farrell, P., Hickler, T., Hudson, M.D., Martinez-Lopez, J., Mulligan, M., Reyers, B., Schreckenberg, K., Shackleton, C.M., Sitas, N., Villa, F., Watts, S.M., Eigenbrod, F. & Bullock, J.M. 2019. Continental scale validation of multiple ecosystem services models. Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-019-00380-y.

  • Book publications

    Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C (Eds.). 2019. Poverty reduction through non-timber forest products. Sustainable Development Goals Series, Springer Nature.

    Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C. 2019. Poverty reduction strategies and non-timber forest products. In Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C (Eds.), Poverty reduction through non-timber forest products (pp 3-14). Sustainable Development Goals Series, Springer Nature.

    Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C. 2019. Considering the links between non-timber forest products and poverty alleviation. In Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C (Eds.), Poverty reduction through non-timber forest products (pp 3-14). Sustainable Development Goals Series, Springer Nature.

    Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C. 2019. Listening to the stories. In Pullanikkatil, D & Shackleton, C (Eds.), Poverty reduction through non-timber forest products (pp 153-158). Sustainable Development Goals Series, Springer Nature.


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