Dr Georgina Cundill

Senior Program Specialist
Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA)
International Development Research Center, Canada
Email: gkemp@idrc.ca


Georgina is interested in linked social-ecological systems, and much of her research focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management. Georgina believes that successful ecosystem management is as much about understanding people and their behaviour, as it is about understanding ecosystems. She has worked on various aspects of co-management of common pool resources in the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Northern Cape Provinces of South Africa. She has also worked on governance questions related to small-scale fisheries in Chile, and on participatory research methodologies in Peru.

Georgina has a keen interest in collaborative governance and research processes. Georgina is the co-leader of the Collaborative Governance and Management working group of the Program for Ecosystem Change and Society (www.pecs-science.org), is also a co-lead of the transdisciplinarity working group of the Southern African Program for Ecosystem Change and Society (www.sapecs.org). Georgina sits on the science committee of ecoSERVICES, a research project of Future Earth/DIVERSITAS investigating the links between ecosystem services, biodiversity and human well-being (http://www.diversitas-international.org/activities/research/ecoservices).

In recent years she has spent time trying to unpack and deepen our understanding of the potential contribution of social learning theory and practice to the fields of ecosystem management and climate change adaptation at community level. Georgina's main research focus at present is on questions related to land rights, social justice and protected areas. Together with colleagues in the department and her students, Georgina is assessing the experiences of co-management processes in the context of land claims across South Africa, from the perspective of both state agencies and communities.

Recent Publications

Vincent, K. and Cundill, G., 2021. The evolution of empirical adaptation research in the global South from 2010 to 2020. Climate and Development, pp.1-14.

Cockburn, J., Schoon, M., Cundill, G., Robinson, C., Aburto, J.A., Alexander, S.M., Baggio, J.A., Barnaud, C., Chapman, M., Garcia Llorente, M. and García-López, G.A., 2020. Understanding the context of multifaceted collaborations for social-ecological sustainability: a methodology for cross-case analysis. Ecology and Society25(3).

Cundill, G., Currie-Alder, B. and Leone, M. 2019. The Future is Collaborative. Nature Climate Change. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0447-3

Cockburn, J., G. Cundill, G., Shackleton, M. Rouget, M. Zwinkels, S. Cornelius, L. Metcalfe and D. Van den Broeck. 2019. Collaborative stewardship in multifunctional landscapes: toward relational, pluralistic approaches. Ecology and Society 24 (4):32. [online] URL: https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol24/iss4/art32/

Cockburn, J., Cundill, G., Shackleton, S., Cele, A., Cornelius, S.F., Koopman, V., le Roux, J.P., McLeod, N., Rouget, M., Schroder, S. and Van den Broeck, D., 2019. Relational Hubs for Collaborative Landscape Stewardship. Society & Natural Resources, pp.1-13.

Cockburn J, Cundill G, Shackleton S, Rouget M. 2019. The meaning and practice of stewardship in South Africa. South African Journal of Science. 115(5/6). https://www.sajs.co.za/article/view/5339?ct=t(5-6_SAJS_2019)

Cundill, G. and Harvey, B. 2019. Unpacking the potential role of social learning in adaptation policy. In Keskitalo, E. and Preton, B. (eds). Research handbook on Climate Change Adaptation. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, UK.

Falayi, M., Shackleton, S., Cundill, G. & Shackleton, C. 2019. Changes in household use and sale of locally collected environmental resources over a 15 year period in a rural village, South Africa. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods. https://doi.org/10.1080/14728028.2019.1568309

Khan, A. & Cundill, G. 2018. Hotspots 2.0: Toward an integrated understanding of stressors and response options. Ambio, 1-10. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-018-1120-1

Fox, H. & Cundill, G. 2018. Towards increased community-engaged ecological restoration: A review of current practice and future directions. Ecological Restoration, 36, 208-218. http://er.uwpress.org/content/36/3/208.short

Cochrane, L. & Cundill, G. 2018. Enabling collaborative synthesis in multi-partner programmes. Development in practice, 1-10. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09614524.2018.1480706

Cockburn J., Cundill G. 2018. Ethics in Transdisciplinary Research: Reflections on the Implications of ‘Science with Society’. In: Macleod C., Marx J., Mnyaka P., Treharne G. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Ethics in Critical Research. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Cundill, G., Harvey, B., Tebboth, M., Cochrane, L., Currie‐Alder, B., Vincent, K., Lawn, J., Nicholls, R-J., Scodanibbio, L. Prakash, A., New, M., Wester, P., Leone, M., Morchain, D., Ludi, E., DeMaria‐Kinney, J., Khan, A., Landry, M-E. 2018. Large‐Scale Transdisciplinary Collaboration for Adaptation Research: Challenges and Insights. Global Challenges: 1700132 https://doi.org/10.1002/gch2.201700132

Roux, D., Nel, J., Cundill, G., Farrell, P., Fabricius, C. 2017. Transdisciplinary research for systemic change: who to learn with, what to learn about and how to learn. Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-017-0446-0

Cochrane, L., Cundill, G., Ludi, E., New, M., Nicholls, R.J., Wester, P., Cantin, B., Murali, K.S., Leone, M., Kituyi, E. and Landry, M.E., 2017. A reflection on collaborative adaptation research in Africa and Asia. Regional Environmental Change, pp.1-9.

Cundill, G., Bezerra, J., de Vos, A. and Ntingana, N. 2017. Beyond benefit sharing: Place attachment and the importance of access to protected areas for surrounding communities. Ecosystem Services. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.03.011

Thondhlana, G. and Cundill, G. 2017. Local people and conservation officials’ perceptions on relationships and conflicts in South African protected areas. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2017.1315742

Aburto, J., Gaymer, C. and Cundill, G. 2017. Towards local governance of marine resources and ecosystems on Easter Island. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27: 353-371.

Wright, O., Cundill, G. & Biggs, D. 2016. Stakeholder perceptions of legal trade in rhinoceros horn and implications for private reserve management in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Oryx.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605316000764

Sitas, N., Reyers, B., Cundill, G., Prozesky, H., Nel, J. and Esler, K. 2016. Fostering collaboration for knowledge and action in disaster management in South Africa. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Cundill, G., D. J. Roux and J. N. Parker. 2015. Nurturing communities of practice for transdisciplinary research. Ecology and Society, 20(2): 22. 

Bennett, E., Cramer, W., Begossi, A., Cundill, G. et al. 2015. Linking biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being: three challenges for designing research for sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14: 76-85.

Aburto, J., Cundill, G. & Stotz, W. 2015. The sustainability of small-scale fishery harvests in the context of highly variable resources. In: Shackleton, C.M., Pandey, A. & Ticktin, T. (eds). The ecological sustainability for non-timber forest products: dynamics and case studies of harvesting. Earthscan, London. pp. 116-125.


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