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Membership of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation is open to individuals and entities from all nations who share our vision and core objectives. The Foundation is managed by a Board comprised of leading international experts within their fields. The organization is governed according to a constitution and democratic processes. Members are entitled to influence the running of the Foundation through their participation at the Annual General Meeting, the highest decision making structure.
Name Gillian Black • Nationality Scottish • Qualifications BSc (GU), PhD (CANTAB)
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Livelihood Interests: Health & Welfare Entitlements
Gill’s background is in biomedical science; she has been involved in infectious diseases research since 1991. Gill has always had a passion for the human interest in her research and since moving to South Africa in 2002, has initiated and managed several community engagement events aiming to promote public health and improve awareness about local medical research activities.
South Africa is the setting of numerous national and international social and biomedical research studies focusing on tuberculosis and HIV. The sustainability and success of these studies requires regular, direct interaction with community members and health care workers to gain a better understanding of the factors that are influencing health care choices. Through working in those areas carrying the highest burdens of TB and HIV, Gill is interested in learning more about current perceptions of these two diseases, finding optimal methods of community engagement, investigating what is needed for high impact social protection and understanding how best to bridge the gap between scientists and the communities they work in.
Loxton AG, Black GF, Stanley K, Walzl G. Heparin-binding hemagglutinin induces IFN-γ(+) IL-2(+) IL-17(+) multifunctional CD4(+) T cells during latent but not active tuberculosis disease. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2012 May;19(5):746-51. Epub 2012 Mar 29.
Chegou NN, Black GF, Loxton AG, Stanley K, Essone PN, Klein MR, Parida SK, Kaufmann SH, Doherty TM, Friggen AH, Franken KL, Ottenhoff TH, alzl G. Potential of novel Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection phase-dependent antigens in the diagnosis of TB disease in a high burden setting. BMC Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 20;12:10.
Black GF, Thiel BA, Ota MO, Parida SK, Adegbola R, Boom WH, Dockrell HM, Franken KL, Friggen AH, Hill PC, Klein MR, Lalor MK, Mayanja H, Schoolnik G, Stanley K, Weldingh K, Kaufmann SH, Walzl G, Ottenhoff TH; GCGH Biomarkers for TB Consortium. Immunogenicity of novel DosR regulon-encoded candidate antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in three high-burden populations in Africa.Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2009 Aug;16(8):1203-12.
Weir RE, Black GF, Nazareth B, Floyd S, Stenson S, Stanley C, Branson K, Sichali L, Chaguluka SD, Donovan L, Crampin AC, Fine PE, Dockrell HM. The influence of previous exposure to environmental mycobacteria on the interferon-gamma response to bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination in southern England and northern Malawi. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2006 Dec;146(3):390-9.
Weir RE, Black GF, Dockrell HM, Floyd S, Fine PE, Chaguluka SD, Stenson S, King E, Nazareth B, Warndorff DK, Ngwira B, Crampin AC, Mwaungulu L, Sichali L, Jarman E, Donovan L, Blackwell JM. Mycobacterial purified protein derivatives stimulate innate immunity: Malawians show enhanced tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), and IL-10 responses compared to those of adolescents in the United Kingdom. Infection and Immunity 2004 Mar;72(3):1807-11.
Black GF, Weir RE, Floyd S, Bliss L, Warndorff DK, Crampin AC, Ngwira B, Sichali L, Nazareth B, Blackwell JM, Branson K, Chaguluka SD, Donovan L, Jarman E, King E, Fine PE, Dockrell HM. BCG-induced increase in interferon-gamma response to mycobacterial antigens and efficacy of BCG vaccination in Malawi and the UK: two randomised controlled studies. The Lancet 2002 Apr 20;359(9315):1393-401.
Name Henrik Ernstson • Nationality Swedish • Qualifications MSc (LiU), PhD (SU)
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Livelihood Interests: Ecology & Society – Development & Communities
Henrik is an ecologist/sociologist, who draws on systems ecology, sociology, and political ecology to explore the governance and politics of urban ecologies. He is interested in developing frameworks that can account both for ecological complexity as well as issues of social equity and power. He draws on a wide field of scholars from sociology, social movement research, critical geography, ecology and natural resource management.
With an empirical focus on conflicts over urban green space, he more specifically combines social movement theory, social network analysis, actor-network theory, and principles from especially landscape ecology to analyze ecological, political and cultural dimensions of contemporary urban ecologies (or social-ecologies). Together this aims to engage in debates on how notions of radical democracy, which includes public participation that articulates conflicts (and not necessarily seeks consensus), can be turned into material political practices that can nurture equal and more sustainable urban spaces.
Ernstson, H. (2012) The social production of ecosystem services: Environmental justice and ecological complexity in urbanized landscapes, Landscape and Urban Planning. DOI to be released soon. In press.
Graham, M. and Ernstson, H. (2012). Co-management at the fringes: The practices of conservation and processes of co-management at Macassar Dunes, Cape Town. Ecology and Society. 17(3): 34. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-04887-170334
Barthel, S., Parker, J. and Ernstson, H. (forthcoming) Food and green space in cities: A resilience lens on gardens and urban environmental movements, Urban Studies.
Ernstson, H. (2012) Social Network Analysis (SNA). In D. Fogel, S. Fredericks, L. Harrington, and I. Spellerberg, editors. The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 6. Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability. Berkshire Publishing, Great Barrington, MA, pp. 322–325. (2000 words) (peer-reviewed chapter)
Ernstson, H. (2011). Transformative collective action: a network approach to transformative change in ecosystem-based management. In Social Networks and Natural Resource Management: Uncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance. eds. Ö. Bodin and C. Prell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 255-287. (peer-reviewed chapter)
Name Sally de Jager • Nationality South African • Qualifications B.Comm (UNISA)
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Livelihood Interests: Development & Communities
Sally has broad experience in developing sustainable economic tourism interventions within South Africa’s informal sector. In 2006, Sally’s Masiphumelele Township Tour won the World International Responsible Tourism Award for its innovation and economic impact in the locality. Sally has a passion for facilitating dialogue and exchange between cultures, in order to build bridges between communities. She is interested in further developing sustainable tourism for the betterment of economic, environmental and social wellbeing of local communities.
Name Andrew Hartnack • Nationality Zimbabwean • Qualifications B.Soc.Sc (RU), MA (RU)
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Livelihood Interests: Development & Communities
Andrew is a Cape Town based social anthropologist and development specialist. He has nine years of experience working with and for research institutes and Non-Governmental Organisations in his native Zimbabwe and in South Africa. This work has focused on displacement and migration, community development and livelihood enhancement, land reform, conservation and HIV/Aids in southern Africa. Andrew has an ongoing fascination with the ways in which communities in southern Africa respond to stresses such as political or resource conflict, economic depression, environmental degradation and state-driven development interventions which may lead to displacement, social disruption and livelihood failure but also may give rise to a range of resilient responses by such communities. He is interested in exploring ways to assist communities overcome such challenges based on a holistic understanding of both the problems that they face and their own complex responses to such problems.
Hartnack, A.M.C. (2011). Humble Beginnings, Bright Future: A Tracking Study of the First Full Intake of Students on the Rural Education Access Programme. Cape Town: REAP.
Hartnack, A.M.C. (2009). “An Exposé Ethnography of Zimbabwe’s Internally Displaced ex-Farm Workers: Practical and Ethical Dilemmas”.Anthropology Southern Africa. Vol. 32, Nos 3&4.
Hartnack, A.M.C. (2009). “Transcending Global and National (Mis)representations through local responses to Displacement: The Case of Zimbabwean (ex-) Farm Workers”. In: Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 351-377.
Hartnack, A.M.C. (2005). “‘My Life Got Lost’: Farm Workers and Displacement in Zimbabwe”. In Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 173-192.
Hartnack, A.M.C. (2005). Book Review: E. Gyimah-Boadi (ed.). 2004. Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress. In Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Volume 23, No. 1
Hartnack, A.M.C. (2006). Book Review: Moore, D.S. 2005. Suffering for Territory: Race, Place and Power in Zimbabwe. In Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Volume 24, No. 2
Name Laurence Piper • Nationality South African • Qualifications BA (UN), Mphil. PhD (CANTAB)
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Livelihood Interests: Development & Communities – Informality
Laurence is a political scientist with an interest in how democracy can be made more real for the majority of citizens who are marginalised from formal politics. He has worked for over fifteen years in academia in South Africa, and participated in numerous national and international research projects with partners in the global south like Brazil and India, but also with colleagues in Canada and the United Kingdom amongst others.
Laurence’s research has engaged with how citizens try and secure their needs and rights, and how this popular politics intersects with formal political institutions, especially at the local level. Consequently, he is probably the leading expert on public participation in local governance and ward committees in South Africa. Of late Laurence has a burgeoning interest in informal practices of urban politics such as violent entrepreurship and patronage that exist alongside or work within formal political processes, and the implications of such practices for democracy in the developing world, and South Africa more specifically.
Charman, A, Pietersen, L & Piper, L. 2012. ‘From local survivalism to foreign entre- preneurship: the transformation of the spaza sector in Delft, Cape Town’,Transformation 78, pp 47 – 73
Charman, A & Piper, L. 2012. ‘XENOPHOBIA, CRIMINALITY AND VIOLENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP: VIOLENCE AGAINST SOMALI SHOPKEEPERS IN DELFT SOUTH, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA’ in South African Review of Sociology. 43(3) pp 81–105
Laurence Piper and Lubna Nadvi. 2010. ‘Popular Mobilisation, Party Dominance and Participatory Governance in South Africa’, in Lisa Thompson and Chris Tapscott (eds). Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South. London: Zed Books.
Laurence Piper. 2009. ‘The Zuma Watershed: From Post-Apartheid to Post-Colonial Politics in South Africa’, Guest Editorial of Special edition ‘The Rise of Zuma’, Representation, 45(2), 101-107.
Laurence Piper and Roger Deacon. 2009. ‘Too Dependent to Participate: Ward Committees and Local Democratisation in South Africa’. Local Government Studies, 35(4), August, 415-433.
Laurence Piper. 2006. ‘Beyond neo-liberalism; beyond the ANC: South African politics as “progressive governance”’ in Tessa Marcus and Alexander Hofmaenner (eds.) Shifting the Boundaries of Knowledge: A view on Social Sciences, Law and Humanities in South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. ISBN: 1-86914-106-7.
Name Andrew Charman • Nationality South African • Qualifications BA. B.SocSc (UCT), MPhil. PhD (CANTAB)
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Livelihood Interests: Informality – Development & Communities
Andrew is a social scientist and development practitioner. In his research across various topics and through his experience in working with communities across Africa and in travels, he has sought to reflect on the question ‘why is poverty so hard to eliminate’? In order to understand the situation of the poor, he has come to focus on the realm of informality wherein people on the margins undertake various actions, driven to survive, to improve their situation and better position themselves from opportunities. These observations have led him to wonder if their energy and quiet determination, not least their persistence and labour, can result in an advancement towards development. Andrew is interested in the potential obstacles that line within their course, including knowledge weaknesses, economic and political opponents and a state that struggles to operate within the world of informality.
Charman, AJE & Petersen, L, 2010. The inconvenient truth of the Western Cape Liquor Act, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation.
Charman AJE, 2008. The Limpopo Guide to Fair Trade. The Limpopo Local Economic Development (LED) Programme in partnership with the Limpopo Centre for LED.
Charman AJE, Manayhela P & Murwira K, 2008. A people centered development approach for small farmers in Limpopo Province: The experience of the Limpopo Department of Agriculture. NOVAFRICA/GTZ/LDA.
Charman AJE, 2008. ‘Empowering women through livelihood oriented agricultural service provision: A consideration of evidence from Southern Africa’. UNU WIDER Research Paper.
Charman AJE & Hodge J, 2007. ‘Chapter 3: Food Security in the SADC region: an assessment of national trade strategy in the context of the 2001-03 food crisis’, Palgrave.
Charman, AJE, 2007. ‘Chapter 11. An analysis of the potential impact of the current WTO agricultural negotiations on Government Strategies in the SADC Region’, OUP.
Name Leif Petersen • Nationality Australian • Qualifications B.App.Sci (UQ), MSc (UWC)
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Livelihood Interests: Ecology & Society – Informality
Leif is an eco-sociologist and development practitioner with wide experience throughout the southern African and Australasian regions over the last fifteen years in matters of conservation management, capacity building for conservation professionals and researching the informal economy. Leif has a strong and ongoing interest in understanding the shifting motives of individuals and communities whom undertake consumptive natural resource utilization, particularly within the context of the recent and rapid growth of Africa’s cities, the rise of cash economies, and the subsequent impacts on local and regional biodiversity – especially related to illicit harvesting within the informal economy. Leif is interested in fostering sustainability for both economic livelihoods and biodiversity resources to meet long term development goals.
Petersen, L.M., E.J. Moll, R.J. Collins, and M.T. Hockings (2012). “A compendium of locally harvested biodiversity resources for informal economy trade within the City of Cape Town, South Africa.” Ecology & Society 17 (2) http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol17/iss2/art26/.
Petersen LM, & Charman AJE, 2010. The livelihood implications of the implementation of the Western Cape Liquor Act (2008) In press – for the Small Business Monitor April 2010
Charman AJE & Petersen LM 2009. An investigation of characteristics distinguishing ‘entrepreneurs’ from the ‘self-employed’ in South Africa’s informal economy. In press – presented to the International Conference on Entrepreneurism in Johannesburg, October 9/10 2009