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108 Suikerbossie Mews, Strelizia Street, Belhar 7493, Cape Town
Bachelor of Arts (Geography): University of the Western Cape
Bachelor of Arts (Honours): University of the Western Cape
Masters (Development Studies): University of the Western Cape
Holds a Masters degree (Development studies) from the University of the Western Cape where her master’s thesis examined the contribution of medicinal plants (Agathosma betulina
, buchu) to local livelihoods in the Cederberg region, South Africa. Currently enrolled at the University of Cape Town, for a doctoral degree, which focuses on access and social dynamics of fisheries and coastal resources in community livelihoods (Western Cape) utilizing a case study approach. Promoter: Assoc Prof Merle Sowman, University of Cape Town. Expected date of submission February/March 2012.
Demonstrator, Department of Geography, University of the Western Cape
Researcher, Environmental Evaluation Unit (EEU), University of Cape Town
Research and other work related functions
At the Environmental Evaluation Unit (EEU), University of Cape Town, I engaged and assisted on
various research projects which included research on coastal and fisheries governance, biodiversity
and social justice and environmental management and sustainability. My core focus over the last 5
years and since the commencement of my doctoral studies have been on fisheries livelihoods, access
rights, governance and management.
Courses, Conferences presentations and Publications (Most recent)
February 2007- February 2008: SANPAD Research Capacity Initiative (RCI)- I was selected to
participate in a one year course funded by the South Africa-Netherlands Partnership on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) which was earmarked at PhD students from across the country and had a focus on building research capacity amongst young black researchers. Successfully completed program.
University of Copenhagen, Denmark- Completed a course on classical and contemporary social theory.
Presentation title: Socio-Economic aspects of the sustainable harvesting of
buchu (Agathosma betulina) with a focus on the Elandskloof community, Western Cape South Africa.
Society of South African Geographers, Sixth Biennial Conference, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, 7-9 September 2005.
Presentation title: Customary rights versus conservation objectives in a
changing policy environment in South Africa: Insights from two case studies.
Mare-Centre for Maritime Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 9-11 July 2009.
Presentation title: Recognising the customary rights of traditional fishers in
conservation planning and management: Lessons from Covie and Ebenhaeser- Papendorp.
14th South African Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS)/ 49th Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) International Conference, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 4-7 April 2011.
Carvalho AR, Williams S,
January M and M Sowman. 2009. Reliability of community based data
monitoring in the Olifants River estuary, South Africa. Fisheries Research, 96(2-3): 119-128.
Wynberg, R., Schroeder, D., Williams, S.
and Vermeylen, S. 2009. Sharing benefits fairly: Decision-
making and governance. In: Wynberg, R., Chennells, R., and Schroeder, D. (editors). Indigenous
peoples, consent and benefit-sharing. Learning from the San-Hoodia case. Springer: Berlin, pp. 237-
. and T. Kepe. 2008. Discordant Harvest: Debating the harvesting and commercialization
of Wild Buchu (Agathosma betulina ) in Elandskloof, South Africa. Mountain Research and
Development 28: 1: 58-64.
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