SA-YSSP Participants 2014/15

1. Extract of Africa: Towards the equitable and ecologically-sound governance of mining and drilling

Emmanuel Vellem 

Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, South Africa

Project Title: Understanding Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), Salinity, Catchment System

Maria Rivera

Department of Geography, University of Maryland, USA

Project Title: Discovering the opportunity costs of competing land uses in the Virunga National Park to understand whether a REDD conservation concession could be financially sustainable in the long term and supplant extractive activities with more sustainable livelihoods

2. Social acceptance of land use requirements for renewable energy in South Africa: Critical considerations

Decide Mabumbo

Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Project Title: Political, Economic, Social and Ecological Implications of Large Scale Biofuel Investments in South Africa.

Elvis Nkoana

Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Project Title: Climate change adaptation and sustainable development: an action research approach in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

3. Sustainable cities – Cities as forces for good in the environment

Tejas Rawal

Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, Uttrakhand State, India

Project Title: Planning for Sustainable Transportation System in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu,

Serge Kubanza

School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Project Title: Urban Environmental Problems: Social and Environmental Injustice in Solid Waste Management in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo

4. (GAINS) Model for Integrated Local and Regional Air Quality and Climate Modelling in Southern Africa

Carmen Klausbruckner

Faculty of Law, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Project Title: Southern Africa's energy policies including the legal framework
in the field of local and regional air quality

Lucas Henneman

Department of Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Project Title: Impacts of Emission Changes on Air Quality and Acute Health Effects in the Southeast

5. Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

Leonard Azimoh

School of Business, Society and Engineering, Malardalen University, Sweden

Project Title: Off-Grid energy: An assessment of the sustainability and development impact of South African rural electrification

Shingirirai Mutanga

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Project Title: Modelling an effective energy mix for developing economics using spatial system dynamics: The case of Biofuels in the SADC Region

Munsu Lee

Department of Energy Science
Sungkyunkwan University/Korea Rural Republic of Korea

Project Title: Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: Multi-dimensional approach

7. Dynamical Systems in Ecology: Models, Analysis and Simulations

Aleksandra Falkiewicz

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Project Title: Asymptotic Behaviour of Dynamical Systems on Complex Networks

Apollinaire Ndodo

Centre of Doctoral Formation in Mathematics and Computer Sciences University Of Kinshasa, Republic of Congo

Project Title: Global analysis of African human Trypanosoma: Application to D.R. Congo case

8. Modelling mechanisms influencing above- and below-ground diversity and productivity in plant communities

Anette Alleman

Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Project Title: The effect of herbicide formulations and soybean genotype on the relationship between beneficial organisms and root pathogens

Hung-Yu Chaun

Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Project Title: The influence of sorghum root physiology on rhizosphere interactions and their effect on incidence of root disease

Marcele Vermuelen

Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Project Title: Biotic and abiotic interactions of above and below ground parts of an allelopathic plant, using Amaranthus cruentus as a model

9. Resilience Measures in Ecosystems and Socio-Economic Networks

Linlin Xia

School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China

Project Title: City ecological design: based on the spatial distribution of carbon metabolism network

Arnab Banerjee

Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, India

Project Title: Variation in Certain Physico-Chemical factors and plant on dynamics of a reservoir: A modelling approach

10. Stability and Complexity of Adaptive Ecological

Alan de Barros

Applied Ecology – Conservation Biology, Forestry Department University of Sao Paulo -USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Project Title: Using probabilistic models derived from jaguar movements to enhance conservation of endangered populations in the Atlantic Forest

Emmanuel Sweke

Marine Bioresource and Environmental Science/Fisheries Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Project Title: Social-Ecological Sudies to Sustain Local Fisheries in the North-Eastern Hokkaido, Japan

11. Water futures and solutions: Climate change and water security in Africa

Alois Katiti

Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Project Title: Satellite-based estimation of Evapotranspiration in the Green Scheme Irrigation (Projects) of Namibia

Sifan Koriche

Water Resource and Environmental Engineering, Jimma University, Ethiopia

Project Title: Climate Change Impact on Fresh water

Shelly Borga

Department of Energy & Environment, TERI University, India

Project Title: India water-energy-material nexus: physical, economic and policy implications

12. Water futures and solutions: Developing sustained solutions to improve urban water security in South Africa

Mayank Prakash

Department of Population Policies and Programmes, International Institute for Population Science, Mumbai, India

Project Title: A study of Water-Sanitation-Hygiene, related morbidity and its Socio-economic Impact on the Slum Dwellers of Mumbai

Potia Mokoena

Department of Earth Science, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

Project Title: Structural Control of Groundwater flow regimes and groundwater geochemistry in the Bredasdorp region of western cape province

13. Demographic differential vulnerability to environmental change and climate variability in sub-Saharan Africa

Martin Flatoe

Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Project Title: Female-headed households, land ownership, and vulnerability
to climate change in South Africa

Mantsebo Letsie

School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Project Title: Vulnerability to climate change and variability on crop yields and implications on household welfare in Lesotho

14. Migration Trends in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Ganzamungu Zihindula

School of Applied Human Sciences, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Project Title: Access to Health care Services by Refugees in South Africa: A case study of the Congolese community living in the city of Durban

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