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Dr Gladman Thondhlana

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details:

Tel: +27-046-603-7007
Fax: +27-046-603-7574
Email: g.thondhlana@ru.ac.za

  • Biography

    Gladman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science, where he teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He completed his PhD in Environmental Science in 2011 at Rhodes University, South Africa. He was previously a PhD fellow in the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (NORAGRIC), at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Glad’s career and research focus on improving human well-being. His broader research interests are centred on understanding (a) the links between wild resource use, rural livelihoods and household welfare issues and (b) pro-environmental behaviour (energy, water, recycling), within the context of sustainable natural resource management. He has a growing field research experience with indigenous and local communities in rural parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

    Beyond his environmental science-related research, Glad has a growing research interest in higher education studies. He has a key research interest on how group work, in an increasingly relationally diverse environment, can be more expansively viewed and crafted as ‘terrains of learning’ for students. Glad is an avid educator and a recipient of the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. 

    Glad is an author of more than 20 publications on issues around wild resource use and rural livelihoods, conservation conflicts, energy use behaviour and group-work and learning. Glad’s research and practice has been supported by the National Research Foundation (South Africa), Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (South Africa), Economic Research Southern Africa (South Africa), International Foundation for Science (Sweden), the Social Science Research Council (USA) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada).

  • Recent Publications

    Thondhlana, G. and Hlatshwayo T.N. 2018. Pro-environmental behaviour in student residences at Rhodes University, South Africa. Sustainability, 10 (8): 2746 https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082746

    Bulunga, A.A.L. & Thondhlana, G. 2018. Action for increasing energy-saving behaviour in student residences at Rhodes University, South Africa. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-07-2017-0107 

    Thondhlana, G. & 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, 13 (1): 204-215.

    Thondhlana, G. & Nott, M. 2017. Fuelwood preferences, use and availability in the Khomani San resettlement farms, southern Kalahari, South Africa. Forests, Trees & Livelihoods. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14728028.2017.1294507

    Painter, K., Thondhlana, G. and Kua, H.W. 2016. Food waste generation and potential interventions at Rhodes University, South Africa. Waste Management. 56: 491-497. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956053X16303592

    Thondhlana, G. and Kua, H. W. 2016. Household energy intervention through a combination of print media and tailored face-to-face interactions - a case study of Grahamstown, South Africa Energy Policy. Journal of Cleaner Production. 131: 327-340

    Thondhlana, G., and Belluigi, D. Z. 2016. Students’ reception of peer assessment of group-work contributions: Problematics in terms of race and gender emerging from a South African case study. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2016.1235133

    Thondhlana, G., Cundill, G. and Kepe, T. 2016. Co-management, land rights and conflicts around South Africa’s Silaka Nature Reserve. Society and Natural Resources. 9(4): 403-417.

    Lagesse, J.V. & Thondhlana, G. 2016. The effect of land-use on small mammal diversity inside and outside the Great Fish River Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Arid Environments, 130: 76-83.

    Chelleri, L., Kua, H.W., Sánchez, J.P.R., Nahiduzzaman, K.M. and Thondhlana, G. 2016. Are people responsive to a more sustainable, decentralized and user-driven management of urban metabolism? Sustainability. 8(3): 275. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/8/3/275

    Shackleton, C., Ruwanza, S., Sinasson Sanni, G., Bennett, S., De Lacy, P., Modipa, R., Mtati, N., Sachikonye, M. and Thondhlana, G. 2016. Unpacking pandora’s box: understanding and categorising ecosystem disservices for environmental management and human wellbeing. Ecosystems. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10021-015-9952-z

    Mtutu, P. & Thondhlana, G. 2016. Encouraging pro-environmental behavior: Energy use and recycling at Rhodes University, South Africa. Habitat International, 53: 142-150.

    Thondhlana, G., Shackleton, S. & Blignaut, J. 2015. Local institutions, actors and natural resource governance in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and surrounds, South Africa. Land Use Policy, 47: 121-129.

    Thondhlana, G. & Shackleton, S. 2015. Cultural values of natural resources among the San people neighbouring Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 20(1): 18-33.

    Thondhlana, G. & Belluigi, D. 2014. Group-work as 'terrains of learning' for students in South African higher education. Perspectives in Education, 32(4): 40-55.

    Thondhlana, G., Muchapondwa, E. 2014. Dependence on environmental resources and implications for household welfare: Evidence from the Kalahari drylands, South Africa. Ecological Economics, 108: 59-67.



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