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”

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”