Full First Name(s)
Catherine Maria Dzerefos (Cathy)
Title (honorific)
Academic Qualifications
PhD (2014, University of the Witwatersrand); MSc (2007, University of the Witwatersrand)
Brief Biography (English)

Dr. Dzerefos has been undertaking multi(trans)disciplinary research since 1994 in South Africa. A recurrent research theme has been the sustainable utilization of natural resources and uses in sustainable livelihoods. The present application continues this established and relevant research trajectory but with an additional understudied field, that presents a considerable gap in our knowledge. Dr. Dzerefos has not restricted her achievements to academia. For over 10 years she was a manager on the WESSA-Eco-schools programme which builds the capacity of teachers to undertake sustainable development in their schools and communities. She also assisted in the Water Explorer programme which currently runs by the African Conservation Trust. This organization realises that communities must be part of any conservation solution. At an advocacy level, Dr. Dzerefos served on the Limpopo Province Environmental Advisory Body to for four years. In 2011 she received a Green Globe Award from Miss Earth SA and a vocational award from the Haenertsburg Rotary Club. In 2018 she received the CEO’s special award from PETCO for her work in environmental education. Currently, she holds a post-doctoral fellowship at the North-West University in the Faculty of Education, where she is working on community engagement to build climate change resilience.

Job Title
Primary Organisation
North-West University
Website Address for Primary Organisation
African Country
South Africa
African Region
Southern Africa

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