ColLABORATORS


Prof Kotie Viljoen

is affiliated with the Department Of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. She serves as a co-researcher and collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society. She is keenly interested in researching waste-related issues with regards to a variety of role-players in the recycling industry e.g. socio-economic aspects of street and landfill waste pickers including income, food security, and health risks; management of waste pickers on landfills; waste management and factors affecting recycling at household level; roles, constraints, price structuring, interaction and value-adding activities of buy-back centres and recyclers in the recycling industry and behavioural aspects of different role-players in the recycling industry. She is also an expert in questionnaire design and data analysis.


Prof Nicolette V Roman

heads the SARChI Chair in Human Capabilities, Social Cohesion and the Family at University of the Western Cape. Her research focuses on Family Science. She serves as a co-researcher and collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society.


PROF Anmar Pretorius

is an associate professor in the School of Economic Sciences at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), where she currently teaches econometrics. In keeping with her research interest in financial economics, her doctoral thesis investigated South Africa’s financial market integration with the rest of the world. Prof Pretorius has published in both local and international journals and has presented various papers at local and international conferences. She has also acted as a reviewer of papers and a discussant at international conferences focusing on international finance, as well as a reviewer for local and international journals. She serves as the convenor of TRADE’s economic development programme.


PROF GEORGE ANGELOPULO

is affiliated with the Department of Communication Science, Unisa. He serves as a research collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society. His areas of expertise in waste include urban development and productive connectivity and his research interests are research methodology and theory development.


PROF DANIEL TEVERA

is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism at the University of the Western Cape. He has published several books and many influential articles on issues relating to waste and livelihoods, migrant spaces, food security, and African urbanism, but it is the domain of food and the city that his recent work has focused on. He has extensive research experience in southern Africa (especially, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia). He is the inaugural Programme Coordinator of the Leadership for Environment and Development in Southern Africa (LEAD-SA).


PROF MARTIN DE WIT

is the head of the interdisciplinary Environmental Management programme at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University. His teaching speciality is related to the economic approaches to environmental management and policy, in particular drawing from the fields of environmental and ecological economics. His research focuses on the waste economy and his research interests currently include integrated energy-economic systems modelling and analysis, climate communication and governance, the socio-economics of municipal waste systems, ecological river restoration in urban contexts, as well as theological and philosophical perspectives on the relations between human persons, environmental governance and social order. He serves as a co-supervisor and research collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society.


PROF JOCHEN PETERSEN

is affiliated with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He has great interest in using heap and in-situ leach processes for treating low-grade ores (especial of chalcopyrite), waste and tailings materials and even electronic waste. He is also putting a stronger emphasis on evaluating extractive technology in the broader socio-economic context, both locally and globally in terms of commodity cycles. He serves as a collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society.


Prof Martin Oteng-Ababio 

is a professor in urban geography and the Head of Department of the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon. He also doubles as the Project Coordinator for PeriPeri U (i.e. ‘Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks’), a platform for12 African universities’ partnership to reduce disaster risks. As environmental geographer, his research interests span broadly from urban studies with a specialty in the waste economy and environmental management policy, waste governance and waste-induced entrepreneurship, to a variety of role-players in the recycling industry, infrastructure services, environmental risk reduction, and the problems of informality. Prof Oteng-Ababio has demonstrated considerable competence at publications, having authored over eighty (80) waste related peer-reviewed journal articles and twenty (20) book chapters. He is research collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society.


DR KIRSTEN BARNES 

is a waste economy analyst at GreenCape and collaborates with the Chair in Waste and Society. Her research interests include the circular and secondary materials economy in South Africa, with particular focus on the informal ‘waste’ sector, organic secondary material, dry recyclables (packaging) and builders’ rubble.


DR MELANIE SAMSON 

is a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her expertise and research interest lie with waste pickers, waste picker integration, the waste value chain, recycling and articulations of gender, race, class and nationality. She serves as a supervisor and research collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society.


DR JOSEPHINE LETSOALO

is a Lecturer at the University of Limpopo and collaborates with the Chair in Waste and Society. Her area of expertise in waste is waste management and tourism. Her areas of interest include recycling, waste management at tourism destinations and environmental impacts of waste.


DR CHIDI NZEADIBE

is affiliated with the Department of Geography at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He serves as a co-researcher and collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society. His areas of expertise in waste and research interests include waste picking and informal sector recycling, resource recovery and entrepreneurship in informal solid waste management in African cities, solid waste management in urban governance, solid waste management and livelihood, socio-environmental justice in solid waste management, political ecology and environmental and social impact assessment.


DR SUZALL TIMM

is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Her research interests include; environmental governance, urban informality, municipal waste management policy, waste pickers/reclaimers. She is the convener of the DSI/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society’s Webinar Series and a research collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society


DR BRADLEY RINK

is affiliated with the Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism at the University of the Western Cape. He serves as co-supervisor with the Chair in Waste and Society. As a geographer and mobilities scholar he is interested broadly in waste mobilities – the movement and circulation of waste on both local and global scales.  Such mobilities are contingent on subjectivity (who is moving the waste and why); practice (the platforms used to move waste); and space (the extent to which the waste travels). 


MR HUGH TYRRELL

is the founder of GreenEdge Communications. He is a specialist in recycling and waste management communications, marketing and promotion, separation-at-source and behaviour change campaigns, PR, videos and materials production. He is a collaborator and consultant for the Clean Cities Project of the Chair in Waste and Society.


MS WILMA STRYDOM

is affiliated with Live4Design. She serves as a consultant to the Chair in Waste and Society. Her areas of expertise in waste and research interests include qualitative and quantitative research, human recycling behaviour, communication and desktop publishing.


MS CHARLOTTE NELL

is the director of Aquila Environmental. Her research interests and areas of expertise include waste minimisation, data accumulation and analysis. She serves as co-researcher and consultant for the Chair in Waste and Society.


MR ANTON NAHMAN

is a Principal environmental economist at the CSIR: Smart Places Cluster. He serves as a collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society. His areas of expertise in waste and research interest include economics of waste management, economic valuation of waste resources and waste-related externalities, assessment of economic vs. regulatory policy instruments, and cost-benefit analysis of waste-related policies and programs.


MS ROELIEN DU PLESSIS

is affiliated with Unisa. She serves as a co-researcher and collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society. Her areas of expertise in waste and research interests include composting and waste management.


MS BELINDA LANGENHOVEN

is an official within the Waste Management Directorate of the Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. Her focus areas includes waste policy development and implementation,  waste minimisation and the waste economy. She serves as a collaborator to the Chair in Waste and Society.


MS BELINDA BOOKER

is a Project and Training Manager at the PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO). She serves as a collaborator with the Chair in Waste and Society. She has been driving PETCO’s visible collection and training programme which has achieved great success. She has helped collectors, formal, and informal to improve their efficiencies as well as the quantity and quality of PET and other recyclables collected. She has, and still is, mentoring hundreds of entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses, supported and project managed over 300 SMME’s and co-operatives. Additionally, she has also contributed to the education of thousands of learners through national schools recycling competitions and schools collection projects undertaken with their partners. Belinda has championed joint ventures with government, other industry bodies and has served PETCO for 12 years.


MS CUZETTE DU PLESSIS

is the Research Innovation and Community Liaison officer at the Rural Development and Innovation Hub (RDIH) from the University of Limpopo. Waste management is a priority area for the  Hub and closely collaborate with the Chair in Waste and Society.  The RDIH facilitates access to local communities and align community priorities with future learning and research opportunities.  


DR HESTER ROBERTS

is a senior lecturer in Environmental Health at the University of Central University of Technology, Free State.  Her expertise and research interest include solid waste management (abattoirs and landfills), environmental impact assessments, waste management strategies and environmental, health and social impact on community wellbeing.