Two new researchers have now joined the team, Rouvé Bingle and Mischka Jacobus, both prospective PhD students. Rouvé and Mischka will assist the South African team all along the project.
Rouvé holds an undergraduate degree in Agriculture (University of Stellenbosch), an Honours degree in Spatial Planning and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (both from the University of the Free State. Her main areas of interest include food systems planning,food and nutrition security and urban agriculture. She is further interested in the topics of urban greening, environmental justice, environmental racism and place making. Most recently she worked as a National Research Foundation research assistants at the University of the Free State.
Mischka holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Management, an Honours degree in Spatial Planning and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Her interests lie in alternative land use management systems for low income areas, geographic information systems (GIS), economic planning and environmental management. She was former research assistant in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Free State and has undertaken various research projects where she held the responsibility of data management and analysis.