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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Godfrey’s research interests include the role of the waste sector in transitioning South Africa to a green economy; waste innovation; waste economics; and the governance, social and behavioural aspects of integrated waste management.
Smith-Adao’s research centres on land and freshwater ecosystems, namely their condition, services, links to social development and governance, and the implications of global change for these relationships.
Haywood’s area of interest lies in the application of sustainability science for the development of tools that enable businesses to transform their current sustainability practices such that they embrace systems resilience.