Dr Sikhululekile Ncube

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Dr Sikhululekile Ncube

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Skhue is currently working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate on the GCRF project focussing on water and fire environmental hazards and climate change resilience in informal settlements in Cape Town (South Africa). She obtained her academic qualifications from Zimbabwe, The Netherlands and the UK. Skhue is an Environmental Scientist with 13 years of development practice and research experience; including 6 years of post-doctoral work, in various interdisciplinary consortium projects in Africa, Asia and European contexts. Her areas of expertise include climate change adaptation and resilience building, ecosystem services, natural capital valuation, water resources management/river catchment management, stakeholder engagement and geospatial analysis. She has been able to integrate physical sciences and social sciences in her work and comfortably adjusted to different multi-cultural work settings and locations. She is experienced in project management, planning and organizing fieldwork, data (both quantitative and qualitative) collection and analysis using various methods and also highly competent in IT skills across a wide range of software and programmes e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, FRAGSTAT, NVIVO and Microsoft Office. Prior to her PhD, Skhue worked in the NGO sector in Southern Africa where she implemented humanitarian and development projects, facilitating capacity building and training workshops to various development sector stakeholders such as local communities, farmers, government agencies and local authorities. Academic background: • PhD from the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee. Her PhD was on ecosystem services assessment in the Tweed Catchment (Scottish Borders, Scotland). • MSc (with a distinction) in Environmental Science from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands.
• BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Health from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. • A Postgraduate Diploma in Development and Disaster Management from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe.


Publications: Peer reviewed journal publications Ncube, S., Beevers, L., and Momblanch, A. 2021. Towards Intangible Freshwater Cultural Ecosystem Services: Informing Sustainable Water Resources Management. Water, 13, 535. https://doi.org/10.3390/ w13040535 Ncube, S., and Arthur, S. 2021. Influence of Blue-Green and Grey Infrastructure Combinations on Natural and Human-Derived Capital in Urban Drainage Planning. Sustainability, 13, 2571. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052571 Fenner, R., O’Donnell, E., Ahilan, S., Dawson, D., Kapetas, L., Krivtsov, V., Ncube, S. and Vercruysse, K. 2019. Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future. Water, 11, 1082, https://doi.org/10.3390/w11051082 Ncube, S., Visser, A., and Beevers, L. 2018. A framework for assessing Instream Supporting Ecosystem Services based on Hydroecological Modelling. Water, 10, 1247, https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091247. Ncube S, Spray C. and Geddes A. 2018. Assessment of changes in ecosystem service delivery – a historical perspective on catchment landscapes. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 14:1, 145-163, DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2018.1489306. Ncube, S., Beevers, L. & Hes, E. M. A. 2013. The interactions of the flow regime and the terrestrial ecology of the Mana floodplains in the middle Zambezi river basin. Ecohydrology, 6, 554-566. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1335.

Conference papers Ncube, S., Arthur, S., Fenner, R.A., and Kapetas, L.2021. Dynamic evolution of natural capital in urban drainage adaptation planning, 6th IAHR Europe Congress, 15-18 February 2021, Warsaw, Poland (Virtual event). Ncube, S., Arthur, S., Kapetas, L., Fenner, R. A., and Birkinshaw, S. 2019. Impact of blue/green and grey infrastructure interventions on natural capital in urban development, 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure, 23-26 June 2019, Chania, Greece. Ncube, S., Beevers, L., Adeloye, A. J., and Visser, A. 2018. Assessment of freshwater ecosystem services in the Beas River Basin, Himalayas region, India, Proc. IAHS, 379, 67-72, https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-379-67-2018. Ncube, S, Beevers, L. Hes E & Mutekenya, E. 2011. The interactions of the flow regime and the terrestrial ecology of the Mana floodplains in the Middle Zambezi River Basin, EUROMECH Colloquium 523 ‘Ecohydraulics: linkages between hydraulics, morphodynamics and ecological processes in rivers’ Clermont-Ferrand, France, 15-17 June, 2011.

Project reports Duffy, A., Ncube, S., Arthur, S., Gilmour, D. (2022), Taking a collaborative approach in the water sector: A review of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership. CRW2019_11. Available online at: crew.ac.uk/publications. Ncube, S. 2016. Mapping and Assessment of changes in ecosystem service delivery - a historical perspective on the Tweed catchment, Scotland (thesis). University of Dundee. Spray C, Baillie A, Chalmers H, Comins L, Black A, Ncube S, Perez K, Ball T, Dittrich R, Archer N, et al. 2016. Eddleston Water Project Report. Melrose (Scotland): Tweed Forum https://tweedforum.org/our-work/projects/the-eddleston-water-project/. Ncube, S. 2012. Consolidated GIS Report from Zimbabwe. CPWF Limpopo Project Report. Pretoria, South Africa: CPWF. https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/34335

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Ncube S, Wilson A, Petersen L, Black G, Abrams A, Carden K, Dick L, Dickie J, Gibson L, Hamilton-Smith N, Ireland A, Lamb G, Mpofu-Mketwa T, Piper L & Swanson D (2023) Understanding resilience capitals, agency and habitus in household experiences of water scarcity, floods and fire in marginalized settlements in the Cape Flats, South Africa. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 8 (1), Art. No.: 100710. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2023.100710

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