Dr Mark Boekstein 

Senior Lecturer and Head of Department


Mark’s main interest in both teaching and research is tourism, particularly tourism’s potential to contribute to economic development. While his teaching focuses on the planning, development, and marketing of sustainable, community-based tourism, his research interests include health and wellness tourism and the use of thermal springs for healing purposes, and English language learning as a tourist attraction. He also has an interest in developments around Cape Town as a gateway for tourism to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands.

Email: mboekstein@uwc.ac.za  

Prof Daniel Tevera


Daniel’s research is located at the interface of Human Geography and Development Studies with Southern Africa as the geographical focus. His early work focused on livelihoods and spatial strategies in the informal economy, migration geographies, and environmental security. However, it is the domain of food and the city that his recent work focuses on. He has served as an expert participant in policy debates around Temporary Labour Migration Schemes in small countries (Commonwealth), African migration (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), and Migration Policy Framework for Africa (African Union). For three successive years, Daniel organised field trips for third-year and honours students to the hotly contested Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA).

Email: dtevera@uwc.ac.za 

Associate Prof Shirley Brooks


Shirley is a human geographer focusing on human-environment relationships, in particular postcolonial landscapes of conservation and land in Southern Africa. She teaches in the fields of nature-society relations and the political geography of land. In addition to working within a political ecology framework, she is interested in the quintessentially geographical theme of landscape meanings and contestations. Together with her students, she has explored Human and Non-human Geographies, focusing on Wilderness and Wildness as well as Animal Geographies. 

Email: sbrooks@uwc.ac.za 

Associate Prof Bradley Rink 


Bradley is a human geographer, focusing his research and teaching on mobilities, urban place-making, identities, and tourism. His research foregrounds mundane and subaltern mobilities to make them visible in the everyday movements and circulations of African cities. Through his research, teaching and community engagement, he aims to better understand mobilities and the relationships they articulate between urban dwellers and the cities in which they live. Bradley is an avid walker, lover of food, and always interested in where travel can take him. 

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Email: brink@uwc.ac.za 

Dr Mbulisi Sibanda 

Senior Lecturer


Mbulisi will join the Department in January 2021 as Senior Lecturer specialising in GIScience and Earth Observation Data Applications. He completed his PhD on Optical Remote Sensing of Grassland Biomass in Data Scarce Environments at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in 2016. He is an NRF-rated researcher with expertise in GIScience and Geospatial Data Applications in monitoring plant water use and productivity analysis, resource modelling as well as land-use change. 


Email: sibandambulisi@gmail.com 

Ms Mandy Carolissen 



Mandy is a physical geographer with teaching and research interests in integrated water resource management, catchment hydrology, ecosystem services, and the dynamic physical processes that shape our landscapes. Her current research focuses on understanding the spatial and temporal availability of water and storage of a depression wetland (using in-situ hydrological data and remote sensing), and to relate these to ecosystem services.

Email: mcarolissen@uwc.ac.za 

Mr Michael Dyssel 



Michael’s research and teaching interests include conservation and environmental management, urban-ecological challenges, the impacts of tourism, and mapwork. As a way of bridging (sub) disciplinary boundaries in Geography, transdisciplinary and multi-methods research and teaching approaches underpin his work.      

Email: mdyssel@uwc.ac.za 

Mr David Frenchman 

Senior Officer


David is the IT administrator in the Department and part of the Academic Support Staff in the Faculty. His work relates primarily to managing both undergraduate and postgraduate computer laboratories. However, he also offers GIS support to staff and students. He is solely responsible for the installation and maintenance of GIS software in the laboratories. GIS support involves compiling and issuing datasets for research and publications. 
Email: dfrenchman@uwc.ac.za 

Mr Logan Plaatjies 

Administrative Officer


Logan was appointed as Administrator in the Department in 2020, having worked in other departments at UWC since 2015. Previously, he worked at UNISA and in the private sector at Shell Oil, but it is the academic environment that he has become attached to. His hobbies include reading and having endless conversations about the human being, following on his interest in Psychology. 
Email: lplaatjies@uwc.ac.za 

Prof Jonathan Crush 

Extraordinary Professor


More details on Jonathan and his research can be found here: https://www.balsillieschool.ca/jonathan-crush/

Dr Erin Torkelson 

Postdoctoral Fellow


Erin is a human geographer interested in the collision between normative assumptions about cash transfers as public goods and the lived experience of cash transfers as private debts in the Global South. Her work sits at the intersection of political economy, development studies, critical race theory, feminist kinship studies, and postcolonial science and technology studies. Her current project, Bantustan Banking, explores how a preeminent, state-sponsored cash transfer programme has become a means of racialised and gendered dispossession in post-apartheid South Africa. She examines the everyday practices by which poor, black South African women navigate their entitlements to social assistance against the pressures of expropriation built into the payment system. 

Email: etorkelson@uwc.ac.za