Sheona Shackleton

Sheona joined the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town as Deputy-Director in 2018. She also holds an Honorary Professorship at Rhodes University where she worked for many years. Sheona has worked at the interface between rural development, livelihoods and natural resource use and management for the past 35 years. Her research has covered aspects of community conservation, rural livelihoods and vulnerability, ecosystem services and human well-being, and climate change adaptation. Her current research focuses broadly on livelihood and landscape change, with an interest in climate change as a driver, and how it interacts with other stressors to influence future livelihood trajectories. Sheona has worked with researchers across many different disciplines and is recognised for her ability to tackle human-environmental issues from a transdisciplinary perspective.