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Research Partners

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Prof Oliver C. Ruppel;  Department of Mercantile Law, Faculty of Law

Contact: ruppel@sun.ac.za

Prof Oliver C. Ruppel specialises in International Economic Law, Environmental Law, SADC Law and Public International Law. He coordinates and teaches the LL M modules “Aspects of Environmental Law” and “Legal Aspects of World and Regional Trade”. He is the Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for Africa of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II, which is housed at Stanford University (USA); a Regional Resource Person on Trade and Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) (Switzerland); and a Visiting Professor at various institutions worldwide. He was the founding WTO Chair holder and Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Namibia, where he served until 2010. He is also a founding member of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in African Universities (ASSELLAU), Nairobi (Kenya); and a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Ottawa (Canada) and a member of the Editorial Board of the NIELS Journal of Environmental Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos (Nigeria). At times he functions as an external academic legal advisor to the Windhoek based SADC Tribunal​​.

http://blogs.sun.ac.za/law/staff/handelsreg-mercantile-law/prof-oliver-ruppel/​

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Prof ​​​​Thinus Booyesen;  Department Electrical and Electronic Engineering

He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) at the Engineering Council (UK), and a Professional Engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council (SA). He has over ten years’ international industry experience in the aerospace and automotive industries w​ith companies that include SunSpace, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover. He has been with Stellenbosch University from 2009 and his research is on the Internet of Things, with a focus on Smart Water and Electricity metering and Intelligent Transport Systems (specifically its application in the informal public transport industry in Sub-Saharan Africa). He is also a managing director of Bridgiot, and co-creator of Geasy (www.geasy.co.za)​​


Dr Tobie Louw​; Department Process Engineering 

​​Contact: tmlouw@sun.ac.za

Multiscale mathematical modelling of biological processes, with an emphasis on waste valorisation, water and sanitation in the South-African context. ​​


Professor Theo Kleynhans; Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of AgriSciences

Contact: jhvw@sun.ac.za​

Financial-Economic Planning of Water Use in Agriculture

SUSTAINABLE LAND AND WATER RESOURCE USE ON MICRO AND MACRO LEVEL REQUIRES AN INVENTORY OF THE RELEVANT RESOURCES, THE IDENTIFICATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF BENEFITS AND COSTS IN MONETARY TERMS, AND DECISION CRITERIA TO ALLOW ENTREPRENEURS AND POLICY MAKERS TO TAKE WISE DECISIONS


Mr. Mawethu J. Nyakatya; Division for Social Impact

Contact: nyakatya@sun.ac.za

http://www.sun.ac.za/english/ci/about/division-for-community-interaction​

Stellenbosch University is tackling the challenges facing our world and society in new and innovative ways. The Community-Based Research portfolio helps to connect the university's multidisciplinary research expertise with government, non-governmental organisations, and the wider community. The Division engages these diverse groups to work with the university and matches the needs of the society with university research in order to deliver excellent research that is relevant to local communities, and creates innovative solutions that changes the way we work and live. The DCI works with external stakeholders in a number of ways, formally and informally, through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU's); Research Agreements; and Community Engagement Forums. The Division provides capacity building workshops and short courses for our academics and graduate students who often engage or intend to engage in Community-Based Research. It maintains a Community Research Needs listing for academics and students who wish to pursue research with local communities, and also manages internal and external incentives for engaged research​.​


Dr Jodie Miller; Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science,

Contact: jmiller@sun.ac.z​​a

Database Development to Support Critical Resource Management

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN THE FRAGILE BALANCE BETWEEN HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS. IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE PROTOCOLS, A COMPREHENSIVE DATABASE OF PHYSICAL AND GEOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS OF THE GROUNDWATER RESOURCE IN THE SEMI-ARID TO ARID NAMIB- NAUKLUFT REGION IS BEING COMPILED​


Mr Khalid Salie​; Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences,

Contact: ks1@sun.ac.za​

KEY RESEARCH AREAS OF THE WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO (THE PORTFOLIO​), FOCUSES ON AFRICAN COLLABORATION. THEY ARE CROSS-CUTTING IN TERMS OF EDUCATION, SERVICE DELIVERY, OUTREACH AND NETWORKING.​



Prof Hannes van Wyk; Department of Botany & Zoology

Contact: jhvw@sun.ac.za​

The study of endocrine disruptors in South African waters


Dr Gunnar Sigge;Department of Food Science, Faculty of AgriSciences

Contact: gos@sun.ac.za

Group leader/collaborators: Collaboration exists with industry partners, consulting engineers (Enviro Services, Ikusasa Water), the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and the Department of Process Engineering (SU).​
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​Dr. Adriaan van Niekerk; Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Contact: avn@sun.ac.za​​

​​Associated Professor and Head of GIT

Research Interest: Spatial Design Support Systems and Object Orientated Remote Sensing

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Dr. Catherine Clarke; Faculty of AgriSciences

Contact: ​​​​cdowding@sun.ac.za​

​Senior Lecturer Department of Soil Sciences

Research Interest: Pedology


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Prof Karen Esler (PhD), Chair of the Department of AgriSciences

Contact: kje@sun.ac.za​

Full Professor in Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch University. Core team member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Invasion Biology. Chair of HERS-SA board. South African representative of ISOMED and founding member of the IUCN Mediterranean-Type Ecosystem Thematic Group (MTEG). Past President, South African Association of Botany. Core research foci: ecological restoration, biological invasion, general ecology​.