To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Nahman’s main research interests include the economic valuation of environmental resources and impacts, the economics of environmental policy, the economics of pollution and waste, understanding consumer behaviour, operationalising and measuring the green economy, and the development of alternative indicators of well-being.
Cooper’s research interests cover spatial data infrastructures, crime mapping and analysis, volunteered geographical information, classification, addresses, metadata, standards development, policy development and ethics.
Muswema’s area of interest lies in waste research, including waste management planning, job creation for small-to-medium enterprises within the waste sector, food waste and waste characterisation projects.
De Wet’s key competencies are integrated development planning, strategic environmental and sustainability assessment, facilitating the development of sustainability thinking and prospective planning for sustainability, and the integration of learning and information into transdisciplinary research, development and planning processes.