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 economics of environmental policy; the potential for alternative economic models (e.g., the green economy or circular economy) to advance sustainable development; the integration and trade-offs between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability; approaches to understanding and changing consumer behaviour; and the development of alternative indicators of wellbeing.
Cooper’s research interests cover spatial data infrastructures, crime mapping and analysis, volunteered geographical information, classification, addresses, metadata, standards development, policy development and ethics.