University of Stirling announces research on socio-environmental disasters has received £1m funding

Today, on Friday 20th November 2020, the University of Stirling announced that the UKRI GCRF Water and Fire: Enhancing Capacity and Reducing Risk through 15 ‘Best Bets’ for Transformative Adaptation with Vulnerable Residents on the Cape Flats, a project working with marginalised residents of township communities in South Africa which are facing crises and systematicContinue reading “University of Stirling announces research on socio-environmental disasters has received £1m funding”

Four new postdoctoral fellows have joined a research project partnership supporting marginalised communities in South Africa suffering from climate-change induced crises.

The transdisciplinary research, which is led by Dr Dalene Swanson of the University of Stirling, is aiming to address the socio-environmental hazards affecting residents of township communities in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, and support their efforts to reduce disaster risks. Officially launched in November 2019, the collaborative project has now welcomed Drs SkhueContinue reading “Four new postdoctoral fellows have joined a research project partnership supporting marginalised communities in South Africa suffering from climate-change induced crises.”

The paradoxical inseparability of water, fire and disease in the Urban South

by Dr Lesley Gibson In this blog, Dr Lesley Gibson discusses the challenges, risks and hazards faced by residents in the Cape Flats during winter. These communities are faced by the challenge of flooding, are at high risk of fire and until recently, the pandemic that is COVID-19. Challenges such as poverty, marginalization, social inequalityContinue reading “The paradoxical inseparability of water, fire and disease in the Urban South”

Warm welcome to our new UKRI GCRF Water and Fire Postdoctoral Fellows

We extend a very warm welcome to our four new postdoctoral research fellows supporting the UKRI GCRF Water and Fire project. We are very much looking forward to having Drs Tsitsi Mpofu-Mketwa, Skhue Ncube, Allan Gillies and Lesley Gibson as postdoctoral research fellows on our team. Tsitsi started in post on 1st of September 2020,Continue reading “Warm welcome to our new UKRI GCRF Water and Fire Postdoctoral Fellows”

600 interviews completed

Between April to July 2020, we successfully completed Phase 1 of the project activities, and undertook 600 telephonic/socially-distant interviews using the digital data collection platform ComCare. There were 200 interviews undertaken in each of the three sites – Sweet Home Farm; Overcome Heights; and Delft. Tremendous thanks goes to the residents who gave of theirContinue reading “600 interviews completed”

A free-to-use COVID-19 app is the best way to reach marginalised communities

Priorities have been set to address Covid-19 in South Africa. But a dedicated effort to engage marginalised communities on the disease and its prevention is absent. There is an urgency to fill this gap through a focused, accurate and reliable mobile intervention. The time is now. Dr Gill Black, Co-Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods FoundationContinue reading “A free-to-use COVID-19 app is the best way to reach marginalised communities”

Opening sites for 20,000 new informal traders will help offset economic ravages of Covid-19

“If municipal authorities used the legislative and management tools they already possess to open just one new street trading site in each middle-class suburb in their jurisdiction, this would collectively represent thousands of new trading opportunities and markets for street trader businesses”. Leif Petersen, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation Co-director and Co-Investigator on this project gives insightsContinue reading “Opening sites for 20,000 new informal traders will help offset economic ravages of Covid-19”

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions available

The deadline to apply for any of the three PDRA positions to support the UKRI-GCRF Water and Fire project at the three institutions – University of Stirling, University of Cape Town, and the University of the Western Cape has been extended to 31st May 2020. PDFs with details on how to apply are attached below. Since theContinue reading “Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions available”

Podcast: ‘Township in Lockdown’ (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation)

South Africa is currently in the midst of a 21-day government-enforced social isolation lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, this series of 5 minute podcasts (updated daily) from Phumzile Ntozini focuses on Philippi and efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Click here to listen. #stayhome #covid