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SA Research Chair in the Sociology of Land, Environment and Sustainable Development

The central concern of this Chair, situated in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, is to deepen our understanding of the complex web of social and environmental dynamics within which the commitments to sustainable development must be grounded, by investigating these issues in and through the Karoo region of South Africa. The Karoo is of interest because of several globally networked developments that are promising major social and economic benefits both locally and nationally, and recalibrating relationships to land, environment and place. Prominent developments​ include the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope installation north of Carnarvon, and the possible exploration of the commercial viability of shale​-gas mining.​

Prof Cherryl Walker