Publications: Journal Articles

An Evaluation of the National Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Policy at the University of Namibia in the Faculty of Education

Albert Isaacs, Lawrence Kazembe, Collins Kazondovi

Higher Education for the Future. 2018, 5(1): 104–118. The purpose of this evaluation study was to determine the extent to which the teacher educators in the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia implemented the national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy for Education. This study employed both the quantitative method in the form of…

Urban Shocks: The Relationship Between Food Prices and Food Security in Lesotho

Cameron McCordic, Jonathan Crush, Bruce Frayne

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2018, Feb. The 2008 Food Price Crisis is estimated to have affected millions, forcing households into deeper poverty and food insecurity. However, nationally aggregated surveys demonstrate a remarkable degree of heterogeneity in the food insecurity impacts of high food prices. This investigation uses household survey data collected from the…

Modelling Spatio-temporal Patterns of Disease for Spatially Misaligned Data: An Application on Measles Incidence Data in Namibia from 2005-2014

D. Ntirampeba, I. Neema, LN. Kazembe

PLoS ONE. 2018, 13(8): e0201700. BACKGROUND: Making inferences about measles distribution patterns at small area level is vital for more focal targeted intervention. However, in statistical literature, the analysis of originally collected data on one resolution with the purpose to make inferences on a different level of spatial resolution is referred to as the misalignment problem. In…

African Dreams: Locating Urban Infrastructure in the 2030 Sustainable Developmental Agenda

Sue Parnell, Edgar Pieterse, Gareth Haysom

Area Development & Policy. 2018, 3(2): 149-169. This paper examines African urban infrastructure and service delivery as an entry point for connecting African aspirations with the harsh developmental imperatives of urban management, creating a dialogue between scholarly knowledge and sustainable development policy aspirations. We note a shift to multi-nodal urban governance and highlight the significance…

Africa’s Urban Adaptation Transformation Pathways Under a 1.5°C Climate Change

Mark Pelling, Hayley Leck, Lorena Pasquini, Idowu Ajibade, Emanuel Osuteye, Susan Parnell, Shuaib Lwasa, Cassidy Johnson, Arabella Fraser, Alejandro Barcena, Soumana Boubacar

Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability. 2018, 31, 10-15. For cities in sub-Saharan Africa a 1.5 °C increase in global temperature will bring forward the urgency of meeting basic needs in sanitation, drinking water and land-tenure, and underlying governance weaknesses. The challenges of climate sensitive management are exacerbated by rapid population growth, deep and persistent poverty, a trend…

Urban Household Food Security in China and Mozambique: A Gender-Based Comparative Approach

Liam Riley, Mary Caesar

Development in Practice. 2018, 28(8): 1012-1021.  International comparison of development indicators is a perennial challenge in global development studies. The challenge is especially difficult when measuring urban household food security using experience-based metrics that are influenced by countless contextual factors. This article presents a gender-based analysis of household food security surveys conducted in Nanjing, China…

An Overview of Critical Issues of Alternative Food Networks in the Global Context

Zhenzhong Si, Ning Dai, Danshu Qi

Journal of China Agricultural University (Social Science Edition). 2018, 4:127-135. (in Chinese) The industrialization of agriculture and food industry around the globe has resulted in increasingly severe environmental, economic and social consequences, such as environmental pollution, large quantity of carbon emission, food safety crisis, the marginalization of smallholders and the sustainability of their livelihoods. To cope…

Wet Markets, Supermarkets and Alternative Food Sources: Consumers’ Food Access in Nanjing, China

Zhenzhong Si, Steffanie Scott, Cameron McCordic

Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2018 (online)  Based on a survey of 1,210 households in Nanjing, China, the article looks at the purchasing frequency of various food items in different food retail outlets, the accessibility of these outlets and the use of different food sources. We found that while supermarkets are the top venues for purchasing…

Food Safety in Urban China: Perceptions and Coping Strategies of Residents in Nanjing

Zhenzhong Si, Jenelle Regnier-Davies, Steffanie Scott

China Information. 2018, 32(3): 377-399. Food safety has become an increasingly pressing sociopolitical issue in China due to the outbreak of food safety scandals since the 2000s. Existing studies have highlighted the socio-economic context of this issue, its drivers and implications. Yet, few studies have examined the perceptions of food safety conditions and strategies undertaken…

Ghosts and Things: Agriculture and Animal Life

Tony Weis

Global Environmental Politics. 2018, 18(2): 134-142. This article makes a case for centering animal life in conceptions of environmental, agrarian, and dietary change. It begins with a brief discussion of the extinction spasm and defaunation and suggests that envisaging landscapes of animal “ghosts” might help to evoke the ecological impoverishment this entails. Landscapes of ghosts…